Prominent Republican operatives and donors have been working to woo former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) to run for president in 2016, the Washington Post reported Sunday.
Advisers to Bush have said that he is not yet considering a bid for the White House.
“He is not in the middle of a formal process,” Sally Bradshaw, a political adviser to Bush, told the Post. “He is methodical, he is thoughtful, and he’ll make a decision by the end of the year or the first quarter of next year.”
However, Brian Ballard, a GOP donor to Mitt Romney in 2012, said that many see Bush as their best bet.
“He’s the most desired candidate out there,” Ballard told the Post. “Everybody that I know is excited about it.”
And Bush has reportedly met with Sheldon Adelson, a top Republican donor who threw his money behind Newt Gingrich in 2012.