It's "depressing" that the only potential Republican candidates for president getting publicity are former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney, said Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol.
"This is supposed to be the party of reform, conservatism, vision for the future," Kristol told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Wednesday. "As a Republican and a conservative, I find it a little depressing that the guys getting all the publicity now are Mitt and Jeb."
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Kristol maintained the 2014 elections were about "all these impressive young candidates running for Senate and the House," as well as young Republican governors "doing great jobs in states."
He said Romney and Bush reminded him of "watching a presidential primary from four or eight years ago," comparing it to football reruns.
"It's sort of like, you watch college football Saturday. You go through the games. You come across some game. You look at it for a second and say, 'I didn't know they were playing. That's a pretty good game.' Then you realize it's the ESPN Classic, and they're showing the rerun of a bowl game from two years ago," he said.
It would be "good" if Bush had a "real vision for America, to have serious views about foreign policy," Kristol said, adding he would be "much stronger" for having to run against other GOP candidates.
What he didn't like was the idea of establishment Republicans "anointing either Jeb or Mitt." However, if Bush or Romney felt they were the "best person to be the next president," then Kristol said they should enter the race.
"Morning Joe" host Joe Scarborough, a former Florida Republican congressman, said it was difficult to predict a candidate's viability until they began campaigning.
"You never know what's going to happen until you get out on the campaign trail, until you have the debates, until you see who can handle it, who can talk about the future, and who can inspire people. We've seen some crazy things happen," Scarborough said.
Kristol said potential candidates should not be "intimidated" by the "big shots in the race," and suggested they would show "guts" if they announced they were running.
In addition, he said a youthful Republican challenger would present a "younger, fresher" candidate in a race against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, should she be the Democratic nominee for president.
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