|"Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast"
|"The liberal soul shall be made fat, and he that watereth, shall be watered also himself."
-- Proverbs 11:25
Jeb Bush’s name keeps floating up in discussions about candidates to run on the ticket with Mitt Romney, despite Bush’s efforts to douse the talk.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) says Bush would most help Romney.
“He’d be an outstanding pick. It’s up to Gov. Romney but if I had to recommend a single person it would be Jeb,” Graham told The Hill. Graham urged his party to unify behind Romney last month after Rick Santorum exited the GOP presidential primary. Graham is a close friend of Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), the 2008 Republican presidential nominee.
Most of the focus has been on Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who are thought to be the leading contenders on Romney’s short list. But chatter is picking up on Capitol Hill that Bush could be a dark horse.
Senior political strategists think Bush could deliver Florida for Romney and help him among Hispanic and Catholic voters.
[snip] “I can’t conceive of Jeb Bush being the vice president of anything. I see him being a presidential candidate, not this go-round but in the future,” said Don Gaetz, the incoming president of the Florida Senate, who has been a friend of Bush’s for more than a decade. Gaetz said “having him on the ticket would be the best chance to carry Florida” but thinks Bush is more likely to take a page out of Ronald Reagan’s playbook and tour the country.
“He might follow the path of Ronald Reagan and travel the country, make more contacts than he already has — and he has many — and articulate his message of economic and educational reform,” said Gaetz.
Gaetz noted that Bush is often asked to endorse candidates and as he has done so his collection of political IOUs has grown, which would be helpful to a future presidential run.
State Sen. John Thrasher, co-chairman of Romney’s campaign in Florida and another Bush ally, said he does not think Bush would accept an invitation to serve as running mate.
“I know him pretty well and I take him at his word. He says he’s not going to do it. I think he’s serious about not doing it,” said Thrasher, who spent time on the campaign trail with Romney Thursday.