Jeb Bush has always been supportive of Mitt Romney, but comments Bush makes in a CBS This Morning interview airing Thursday morning leave us questioning how he really feels about Mitt Romney.
The first alarm for us went off when Charlie Rose asked asked Bush if there's a chance he could be the Vice President. The short answer? No. The long answer:
"I’m not going to do it. I’m not going to be asked. And it’s not going to happen. That doesn’t mean I don’t have a voice. It doesn’t mean I don’t want to enthusiastically support Mitt Romney. I intend to do that, I’m doing it,” Bush said. “He’s got a great list of candidates that I’m sure he’s thinking about."
In the past, Bush has offered up his protégé Marco Rubio as an ideal running mate for the Romney campaign, which was considerate of him. Except, Rubio has deflected any talk of the idea when asked. But then, Rose asked him whether or not he's put the dream of being President behind him, and Bush tells him, "I have not made that decision." He doesn't know yet, so maybe? Let's not rule anything out.
The second alarm was raised when Bush says he thinks he could have been the Republican presidential nominee. Right after saying he doesn't know about the future, Bush laments that 2012, "was probably my time," to mount a presidential run. But, "There’s a window of opportunity, in life, and for all sorts of reasons," he says. He coulda' been a contender. He coulda' been somebody.