Jeb Bush to decide on 2016 run by year’s end

 

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) will decide whether he wants to run for president in 2016 by the end of the year.

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Speaking at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum on Sunday, Bush continued to deflect questions about his potential 2016 run.

He told Fox News’s Shannon Bream that his decision will be based on whether he can have “a hopeful optimistic message” and how much of a sacrifice his family would have to make.

Bush said his decision to run in 2016 will not be heavily influenced by the current political context, as the situation is likely to change in “a very volatile world” of politics.

Bush noted the increasing attention around his potential decision to run in 2016.

“Not running has generated more interest than if I said I was running,” he said, adding that the increased attention was not his goal. “I’m not that smart,” he said.

Regardless of who runs as the Republican nominee in 2016, the party should be “organized around winning the election, not making a point,” Bush said.

The Republican candidate should have a vision for improving the country, he said, adding that there’s a list of potential candidates including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

“Winning the election should be what we’re about,” he continued. “Winning gets the country back on track, in my mind.”

Bush also continued his push for the Common Core Standards Initiative, an effort by 45 states to establish a set of educational standards.

“High standards matter,” he said. “Dumbed-down standards are going to yield the same results that we’ve had.”

Bush pushed back on critics’ claims that Common Core would establish a national curriculum.

“The point is to have one higher, lofty expectation and a thousand different means by which you deliver the content to achieve it,” he said.

He added that he remains “totally committed” to the effort, despite resistance from some participating states.

“I just don’t feel compelled to run for cover, when I feel like this is the right thing to do for our country,” he said.

Bush also commented on the Obama administration’s recent announcement that 7 million people have signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

Though the administration may have reached its enrollment goals, the system continues to be flawed, he said.

“Doing a victory dance over having 7 million people sign up seems … absurd.”