Jeb Bush on 2016 decision: 'Can I do it joyfully?'

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 9:51pm

If Jeb Bush runs for President, it will be based on two things -- his family and whether he can lift America's spirit.

"I don't wake up each day saying, 'what am I going to do today to make this decision?'" the former Florida governor told CNN affiliate WFOR in a suburb of Miami on Wednesday.

But he's not saying no, either - at least now anyway.

"I'm deferring the decision to the right time, which is later this year. And the decision will be based on 'can I do it joyfully' because I think we need to have candidates lift our spirits. It's a pretty pessimistic country right now. And, is it right for my family?" he said while touring a local school.

Bush hasn't denied an interesting running, sparking speculation that he's seriously considering a Republican candidacy.

Bush's mother, former First Lady Barbara Bush, however, seems to have already made up her mind.

She's expressed her opinion publicly in recent weeks that her son shouldn't follow in the footsteps of his brother and her husband and seek the White House.

Mrs. Bush says it's time to let other families have a chance.

"She promised me she wouldn't keep saying this," Jeb Bush said. "But she is 89 years old and if you have elderly parents or grandparents, you know they speak their mind. There is not much stopping between thinking and speaking. I love her."

Jeb Bush has taken his mother's opposition in stride, tweeting after her comments aired on C-SPAN earlier this month: "What date is Mother's Day this year? Asking for a friend."

Mrs. Bush, a family spokesman said, feels her comments have been misinterpreted - that she only means her family feels no sense of entitlement to the White House.

Jeb Bush's brother, George W. Bush, was the 43rd President and his father, George H.W. Bush, was the nation's 41st.


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