“I’m thinking about running for president. Can someone call my mother so she can hear this?”
And so said Jeb Bush at a private event in New York City on Wednesday, according to a Fox News source. But alas. Will anyone care if he runs for the White House, and do they encourage him? Maybe not at this point.
Only 30 percent of Americans say Mr. Bush is qualified to run for president, according to a new YouGov/Economist poll. The most striking findings in the poll, however, were the frequency of “not sure” or “don’t know” responses. People are still undecided about the “GOP establishment” candidate.
“Jeb Bush has extra hurdles to overcome even with members of his own party,” says analyst Kathleen Frankovic, who says the poll reveals that “Bush may not be conservative enough, and many Americans may think that three Bushes are too many: Only 15 percent overall and just one in four Republicans think Bush should run for president.”
“I love it. Fox News is like getting on a Southwest Airlines plane. Everyone’s happy, they’re at the top of the heap and they feel like insurgents.”
— George Will, commenting on his new job as Fox News contributor, to Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert. Mr. Will joined Fox News six months ago; he had been appearing with ABC News for 32 years.
KEYS TO THE KEYSTONE
The Keystone XL pipeline appears to be making sense to many people. In fact, support for the major oil conduit that will stretch from Canada to Texas is at its highest level ever according to a Rasmussen Reports survey. Six out of 10 voters now favor the project, 27 percent oppose it.
Another 62 percent believe the pipeline will be good for the U.S. economy, up from 56 percent in January and also a new high. It has some political sway as well: 57 percent of voters say the pipeline is at least somewhat important to how they will vote in midterm elections.
“The Obama administration announced last Friday that it is delaying a decision on building the Keystone pipeline until after the Nebraska Supreme Court rules on a legal challenge,” the survey reports. “Supporters of the Keystone project claim the administration is deliberately postponing the decision until after Election Day.”
POLL DU JOUR
• 59 percent of Americans worry they won’t have enough money for retirement.
• 53 percent worry they won’t be able to pay medical costs due to serious illness.
• 48 percent fear they can’t maintain the standard of living they “enjoy.”