- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s family history in the White House is proving to be a mixed bag as he lays the groundwork for a possible 2016 presidential run, but new numbers out of Iowa indicate Republicans are warming to the idea of former President George W. Bush’s advising his brother’s would-be administration.

Fifty-seven percent of Iowa Republicans think the 43rd president’s serving as a close adviser to a President Jeb Bush would be “mostly good” for the former Florida governor’s presidency, according to a Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register poll.

Conversely, 33 percent said it would be “mostly bad.”

Speaking to potential voters, the former Florida governor has largely defended his brother’s legacy, notably on national security. But he also acknowledged recently, after some confusion, that in hindsight he would not have authorized the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

New numbers from a CNN/ORC poll showed that 52 percent of Americans now have a favorable opinion of the 43rd president — his best marks since 2005.

The survey of 402 likely GOP caucus-goers was taken May 25-29 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percent.

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