JACKSON, Miss. — Jeb Bush said Thursday that he will make up his mind "in relatively short order" whether to seek the Republican nomination for president in 2016.
The former Florida governor was going to New Hampshire to attend events called Politics and Pies in Concord on Thursday and on to Politics and Eggs in Manchester today. He'll also speak at a GOP meeting in Nashua today with many potential rivals.
"Typical day in New Hampshire, apparently," Bush told reporters earlier Thursday in Mississippi, where he attended a bill-signing ceremony with Republican Gov. Phil Bryant.
Bush said he's not concerned that several other hopefuls are ahead of him in launching their campaigns.
"I'm on a journey to kind of measure support," Bush said. "Other people's processes are not really that relevant to me. I'll make up my mind in relatively short order. I'm excited about just the possibility of being in a position to consider it."
He said his family supports his exploration of a presidential bid.
"In a campaign, no matter if it's running for governor or running for president or anything else, you've got to go earn it," Bush said. "You've got to go earn people's respect and persuade people that your ideas are better, that you have leadership skills to make it happen. You've got a heart for people. Those are the things that matter. Who's winning, who's losing? Who cares?"
The law Bryant signed is based on a program created in Florida when Bush was governor. Mississippi will issue $6,500 vouchers for a small percentage of the state's special-education students. Families can use the public money to pay for private school tuition, tutoring or other education services outside public schools.