Any one of five candidates for the Republican presidential nomination, including Mike Huckabee, can beat Hillary Rodham Clinton in the 2008 election, according to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
"He's a great speaker," Bush said of Huckabee, a former Arkansas governor. "And I like governors. He's got a great sense of humor. But he should be taken seriously."
Huckabee should be included among the front-runners for the GOP nomination along with former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Arizona Sen. John McCain, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson, Bush told the Dallas Morning News.
In Dallas to speak to a National Center for Policy Analysis meeting, Bush told the News he has not endorsed any candidate and does not plan to. But he said that any one of the five GOP hopefuls could beat Clinton, whom he said will probably win the Democratic nomination. "It looks that way," he said when asked if she would be the Democrat nominee. "She's running a very good campaign."
The former Florida governor and brother of President Bush told the News he doesn't plan to re-enter the political arena. "I truly had my dream come true," he said of his two terms as governor. "That was what I really wanted, I don't have any aspirations beyond that. You never say never. But it'd be highly doubtful that I'd do that."
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