The Washington Times - November 24, 2012, 05:27PM

After a year in which Republicans had precious little for which to be thankful, perhaps it’s not surprising that party leaders and the faithful spent a good chunk of the long Thanksgiving weekend obsessing instead over 2016 – specifically the possibility of a presidential run by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

After the New York Times reported Thursday that a Bush bid was a possibility, Republicans and conservatives have been buzzing over the news on Internet news sites and talking up the pros and cons of such a run.


Mr. Bush, the son and brother of the last two Republican presidents, is “weighing financial and family considerations,” according to people close to the former governor, the Times reported.

The governor, who speaks Spanish and is married to a woman born in Mexico, has called for a more inclusive approach to immigration policies for the Republican Party and could help restore the party’s diminished appeal among Hispanics.

Mr. Bush, 59, has worked as a consultant and managed his education foundation since leaving the governorship in 2007 in Florida, where he is still popular.

A Public Policy Polling survey taken earlier this month showed Mr. Bush and fellow Floridian Sen. Marco Rubio – who considers the former governor a political mentor – are the early presidential favorites among Florida Republicans, with Mr. Bush leading the 41-year-old senator, 28 percent to 22 percent.