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Jeb Bush Flat Out Says He's 'Thinking About Running For President'

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) told attendees at a Catholic school benefit in New York on Wednesday that he's "thinking about running for president," according to Fox News.

While some prominent GOP officials and donors are pushing him to run in 2016, Bush has said previously that he would give them an answer by the end of the year.

His remarks at the closed press event, which also featured Cardinal Timothy Dolan, are his most direct on the matter and stand out from potential challengers Rand Paul and Marco Rubio who typically demur when asked about a White House run.

David Axelrod, former senior adviser to President Barack Obama, told MSNBC on Wednesday that he has "some real doubts as to whether he’s going to run."

If Bush does decide to run, he would likely face criticism from his own party on issues such as immigration and education. His mother, former First Lady Barbara Bush, also previously said the country has "had enough Bushes" in the White House.