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Jeb Bush 2016: What 5 Liberal Pundits Say About GOP Presidential Hopeful

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By    |   Friday, 02 Jan 2015 01:43 PM

The last two times Republicans held the presidency, the last name was Bush. George H.W. Bush served from 1989–1992, while son George W. Bush served from 2001–2008.

George W.'s brother, Jeb Bush announced this month that he's seriously considering entering the presidential race in 2016, which naturally sparked comments from many liberal pundits.

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Some of their thoughts are below:

1. "Jeb Bush seems like he wants to run but he wants to run on his own terms. He's not going to become a wacko bird. He's not going to join the clown car. He believes in education, he believes in Common Core education. He believes in immigration, good immigration. He is different than some of those Ted Cruz types out there. And he's not going to cross-dress and pretend he ain't.
Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC's "Hardball with Chris Matthews"

2. "If they're only going to be the party of older white people, they cannot win at a national level," she added. "And that's why, perhaps, Jeb Bush thinking of getting into the 2016 race is giving them a glimmer of hope, because he is talking about being more compassionate toward minorities, toward immigrants."
Beth Fouhy, MSNBC.com senior editor, in an appearance on MSNBC's "Jansing & Co."

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3. "The notion that Jeb Bush is going to be the Republican presidential nominee is a fantasy nourished by the people who used to run the Republican Party. In the 12 years after his last run for office, Bush has increasingly parted ways with today's GOP — on issues like immigration and education — and with today's political culture."
Ben Smith, BuzzFeed editor-in-chief, April 2014

4. "Bush's announcement seems smart. As a former non-candidate, he may have needed something a bit more official to get donors and others to believe he would be running in 2016. And his early move may convince others to drop out; it would seem to put pressure on Sen. Marco Rubio and Gov. Chris Christie, not to mention the nonstarter of a third Mitt Romney campaign. So the first thing to watch will be whether we get further winnowing. After that, it's all about whether the spell the Bush family has cast over Republicans continues to work in 2016."
Jonathan Bernstein, Bloomberg View columnist, Dec. 16, 2014

5. "If elected, he'd have control over much of the American response to global warming. So how would Bush address the global climate crisis? With a mixture of skepticism, avoidance, and downright denial of the science — if his track record is anything to go by."
James West, a producer with Climate Desk.org

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