By Jonathan Easley - 10/12/11 09:01 PM EDT
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) said he continues to be impressed with Mitt Romney’s debate performances, but stopped short of an official endorsement of the Republican candidate.
“He’s cool, calm, collected. He’s quick, he’s agile. I think he could do well going up against Obama in the fall if he gets the nomination,” Bush told Piers Morgan on his CNN program in an episode that will air tonight.
“He’s very consistent and very disciplined, and all of the things you would want in a candidate,” said Bush.
But when asked if he was prepared to follow New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) with an official endorsement of Romney, Bush declined, for now.
“I don’t have as much weight behind me as Chris Christie, but I’m getting up there,” he said. “I don’t know. I’m going to wait. There’s no urgency to this. I want a nominee that will win with purpose, that will win dealing with the long-term structural challenges that we face and with ideas to be able to deal with those things. And also someone who can be effective against the incumbent president.”