Tampa Bay Times editorial board recommends Jeb Bush as nominee
The Florida primary is not until March 15, but the editorial board of the Tampa Bay Times has already picked a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination.
In an editorial published Thursday morning on the Times' website, the board wrote:
It's time to stop treating the election of the next president of the United States like a game show without serious consequences. After more than a year of constant fundraising, meaningless opinion polls and reckless rhetoric from so many candidates, voters finally will make their voices heard starting Monday in the Iowa caucuses and eight days later in the New Hampshire primary. For Republicans fighting for both the soul of their party and the White House, the best choice is former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
The editorial acknowledges that voters in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina will make their choices before Florida, and it offers this advice, “We know Bush's strengths and weaknesses, and we are confident he is the most thoughtful, principled and energetic candidate in the Republican field.”
You can read the full editorial here.