Former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.) in an interview broadcast Sunday fired back at campaign watchdog groups who accuse the potential 2016 candidate of violating election law.


Bush said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” the he “would never” violate the law.

“No, of course not,” he said. “And I'm nearing the end of this journey of traveling and listening to people, garnering, trying to get a sense of whether my candidacy would be viable or not. We're going to completely adhere to the law, for sure,” he said.

“Look, politics is politics. There's always people that are going to be carping on the sidelines. And should I be a candidate, and that will be in the relatively near future where that decision will be made, there'll be no coordination at all with any super-PAC,” he added.

Two campaign finance watchdogs, the Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21, last week accused Bush of violating campaign laws by fundraising for his super-PAC while “actively running for president” and asked the Justice Department to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate.

Bush told host Bob Schieffer that he remains undecided on a presidential bid.

“I hope, I hope I run, to be honest with you," he said. "I'd like to run, but I haven't made the decision.”

Bush said his wife, Columba, and children are “totally all in” for a presidential run.

“They know how ugly it can be. And it's hard for a family. It's easier as a candidate. You can kind of slough it off when the attacks start,” he said.

“But we're at an ugly time, politically. And one of the, I think, next challenges for the next president is to restore some civility in our political process. But in the interim, it's ugly, for sure. But that was the big decision for me to even pursue the consideration of running, to be honest with you-- was to make sure that Columba and my family were all in on this, and they are."

Bush also said to expect an announcement on his presidential plans “soon, for sure.”

“I have a trip to Germany, Poland, and Estonia, a week from Monday. And after that, I'll, I'll have to make up my mind,” he said.

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