June 7, 2012
If you’ve been keeping track of the vice-presidential options for presumptive GOP nominee, you can cross at least one prominent name off that list: former Florida Gov. .
Bush, who governed Florida from 1999 to 2007, had this to say when asked byof CBS News about the possibility of joining Romney on the GOP ticket: “I'm not going to do it. I'm not going to be asked. And it's not going to happen."
Bush said he would support Romney “enthusiastically” but that “under no circumstances” would he join the former one-term Massachusetts governor on the Republican ticket to battle incumbent President.
Romney is said to be preparing a list of possible vice presidential picks with a small group of advisers, including his wife, Ann. The Romney campaign has sent signals that he may select a running mate before the late August convention in Tampa. Traditionally, presidential nominees make a VP pick around the time their party holds its nominating convention.
The news of Bush’s firm decision comes on a day when a CNN/ORC International poll finds his brother, former President, with the lowest poll numbers in terms of popularity of any living ex-president. George W. Bush, the 43rd U.S. president, polled at 43 percent favorable with 54 percent having an unfavorable view of the president who launched two costly wars and presided over the near collapse of the U.S. economy late in his second term.
The Bush brand, it would seem, is tarnished. Nonetheless, Jeb Bush did not rule out running for president in 2016.
Other living ex-presidents, including the Bush brothers’ father, 41st president George H.W. Bush, finished above 50 percent favorability in the poll. The elder Bush had a 59 percent favorable rating, with 34 percent of the poll’s 1,009 respondents viewing him unfavorably.
Bill Clinton, the 42nd U.S. president, had a 66 percent favorability with 31 percent viewing him unfavorably, and, the 39th U.S. president, had a 54 percent favorable rating and a 30 percent unfavorable rating.
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Jeb Bush says no to being Romney’s VP, L.A. Times, June 7, 2012
George W. Bush’s favorability rating lowest of any living president, poll shows, Yahoo News (via ABC), June 7, 2012
Romney could pick running mate earlier than expected, advisers say, Fox News, Jan. 3, 2012
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