It mostly sounds like he’s slowly making the argument not to run… consistently fronting his doubts and hesitations is not a good run-up for a campaign..
And it’s not the tune of someone who really wants it…
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Monday that he is still considering whether it is worth subjecting his family to the rigors of a bid for the White House, but that a successful 2016 campaign would be willing to embrace a “lose the primary to win the general” approach.
The Republican was speaking at The Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council dinner, and while he didn’t repeat past statements that he would decide whether to run by the end of the year, he said a decision would come “in short order, not that far out into the future.”
Bush said he is asking himself if he has the skills to run in a way that “lifts people’s spirits and not get sucked into the vortex.” “Perhaps more important,” he added, “can I do it where the sacrifice for my family is tolerable?”
“It’s a pretty ugly business right now,” Bush said. “So I’m not saying, ‘Oh, woe is me.’ Don’t get me wrong. There’s a level under which I would never subjugate my family because that’s my organizing principle, that’s my life. I think people kind of appreciate that. So, I’m sorting that out.”