Jeb Bush jokes about 'Rudy 2017'

Former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.) joked about his next foray into politics Monday evening at an event in New York. 

“There's been a lot of speculation about what may happen in the future, and I've been candid that I'm weighing my options," Bush said at the annual Manhattan Institute dinner. 

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"But I would like to take this opportunity tonight to confirm that if asked, I would be willing to chair the Rudy 2017 campaign against Bill de Blasio,” he joked, drawing loud applause.

“Let’s do this, Mayor!”

Bush, who served as governor of Florida from 1999 to 2007, is considering running for president in 2016.

De Blasio was elected mayor of New York City last fall, succeeding Michael Bloomberg.

Rudy Giuliani, who preceded Bloomberg and ran City Hall from 1994 until 2001, introduced Bush at the dinner Monday.

Giuliani praised Bush for his record, and called the former governor’s position on immigration “wise.” 

Bush came under fire among Republicans last month after he said immigrants coming to the United States do so out of "an act of love."

"There's a lot of speculation that he may run for president," Giuliani said, according to the Tampa Bay Times. "He's got a very, very high problem to overcome: He's got a record of success."

Giuliani noted Bush was elected governor with 61 percent of the Hispanic vote.

"Wow," Giuliani said. "It just could be that our party could win an emerging group and get a big vote and change the nature of politics. Oh well, I hope we can."

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), another potential 2016 presidential contender, was also honored at the dinner.