Bill Kristol: Bush-Clinton Presidential Race Not Likely

Tuesday, 08 Apr 2014 11:27 AM

By Wanda Carruthers

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It's not likely the race for president in 2016 will pit former Florida Republican Gov. Jeb Bush and former Democratic Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol predicted.

"I'm willing to go out on a limb," Kristol told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Tuesday. "I think there's no way there will be a Bush-Clinton race in 2016."

Kristol said Bush wouldn't win a Republican primary because voters "don't want to nominate someone who was last in office a decade ago." He said Bush "hasn't been involved in any of the fights in the Obama years."

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Voters are looking for "someone who's either engaged in those fights in Washington, or a governor who's governed successfully in real time," he said.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan would be "better candidates" against Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, Kristol said.

"Scott Walker and Mike Pence and Marco Rubio and all those guys get to say, 'Generational change. Conservative reform agenda. We'll get away from the failures of the Obama years, which Secretary Clinton was part of,'" he said.


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