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Why Jeb won't be VP



Jonathan Martin has an excellent piece in Politico on the pining for Jeb Bush as Romney's running mate - and the likelihood it won't happen:

"...Interviews with about a dozen Bush associates say that’s not the usual veepstakes non-denial denial — he truly doesn’t want to be on the ticket. The common euphemism among the Jeb crowd is that it’s just not his time, that the same factors that kept him out of the presidential primary make him unwilling to be the vice presidential nominee. There’s been speculation that this is shorthand for 2012 being too close to his older brother’s presidency, but those close to the younger Bush say it’s his own wife and children he has in mind when he expresses reluctance about returning to politics.

“I told him that he absolutely has to be among the top three for whoever the Republican nominee is,” said his eldest son, George P. Bush. “He said, ‘That may or may not be the case but I’m not interested.’ Right now, in his heart of hearts, he thinks there are other ways he can serve.”...

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[Last modified: Friday, April 27, 2012 8:35am]


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