Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) offered an early primary season joke Tuesday at an event honoring Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonTrump says email hacking during election 'could've been China' or other groups Maxine Waters: ‘I’ve never seen anybody as disgusting or as disrespectful’ as Trump Longtime GOP incumbent will not seek reelection MORE.
Bush made light of the fact he was introducing a woman who could become his opponent in the 2016 presidential election, if both choose to run and are nominated by their respective parties.
"In fact, I think Secretary Clinton might be in Des Moines next week. Now, don't actually wear the medal there, Madam Secretary," Bush said.
Bush was on hand to award Clinton with the National Constitution Center's 2013 Liberty Medal.
Bush had received some criticism from conservatives who said Clinton shouldn't have been awarded a medal in the first place, due to what they believe are still-unanswered questions about the attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi.
But Bush, who is chairman of the board of trustees of the National Constitution Center, said the two agree "on the importance of civic engagement."
Bush won more laughs when he joked about the controversy.
"Of course, there's certainly a lot happening all around the world, but Secretary Clinton is out of office. So am I. I'm not sure what people will expect had to happen here tonight," he said.