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Two years ago, former first lady Barbara Bush was not feeling a Jeb Bush presidential campaign.

"He's by far the best qualified man, but no," she told NBC's Today show. "I think it's a great country, there are a lot of great families. It's not just four families. ... We've had enough Bushes."

But now that Jeb's candidacy is all but official, Barbara Bush has changed her mind about her son.

Right to Rise, the super PAC supporting Jeb, has enlisted the former first lady to help raise money for a potential candidacy. Here's the text of a fundraising email, addressed from Barbara, sent Wednesday morning:

When the idea of Jeb running for President first came up, I was hesitant. You may have heard about that. When you see the pounding candidates, their spouses, and even their children take, what mother wouldn't be?

But our problems are so profound that America needs a leader who can renew the promise of this great nation.

Which is why today I'm starting the Run Jeb Run Fund.

Barbara made similar comments in February while speaking to supporters of her family literacy foundation. Jeb, who was listening to her remarks, said, "Hey, Mom, can I get that in writing, by the way?"

It appears now he has.

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