Top Republican says he’s nudged Jeb Bush to run for president in 2016

Global News

SAN ANTONIO – The top Republican in Congress has delivered the strongest hints about his preference for the White House. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said Monday that he’s “nudged” former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush to seek the party’s nomination for president in 2016.

Bush is the former Florida governor, brother to President George W. Bush and son of President George H.W. Bush. If he decides to run, a possible showdown looms with another familiar name – Hillary Rodham Clinton, the former first lady and secretary of state and now a favoured hopeful of Democrats.

Various potential Republican candidates are still jockeying for position with a long two years remaining before 2016, and Boehner cautioned that the talk was a bit premature, but didn’t shy from praising Bush.

“Jeb Bush is my friend. I think he’d make a great president. I’ve nudged him for some time,” Boehner told the…

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