Even though former Governor Jeb Bush (R-FL) announced Tuesday he is taking the time to “actively explore” a presidential campaign in 2016, another prominent Sunshine State GOP politician may also be making a run for the White House in two years.
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) has invited supporters to a retreat in Miami Beach next month where plans are expected to be put together for a 2016 presidential run, CNN reported. Rubio also has a book release scheduled for next month outlining several policy objectives, signaling that an announcement could follow soon.
Bush wrote on his Facebook page Tuesday that the formation of a Leadership PAC will enable him to “actively explore” the possibility of a presidential run.
“I have decided to actively explore the possibility of running for President of the United States.
“In January, I also plan to establish a Leadership PAC that will help me facilitate conversations with citizens across America to discuss the most critical challenges facing our exceptional nation. The PAC’s purpose will be to support leaders, ideas and policies that will expand opportunity and prosperity for all Americans.”
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A source told CNN that Rubio is on track to run and, while the Bush announcement Tuesday alters how the race will go, it does not alter Marco’s thought process. Rubio, a freshman U.S. Senator, is up for re-election in 2016. Although it is early, the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics’ Crystal Ball, run by Larry Sabato, rates Florida as “Leans R.”
An ABC/Washington Post poll conducted December 11-14 of prospective GOP nominees showed Bush in front with 14 percent and Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin in second with 11 percent. The poll was released Tuesday.
The poll also showed Rubio in a four-way tie for sixth place with 7 percent, along with Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, and Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin.
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