Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) announced on Tuesday that has decided to “actively explore” the possibility of running for president in 2016.
Bush, in a Facebook note, said that after conversations with his wife he had decided to look into running for president. He also said that in January he will start a leadership political action committee to help look into running for president.
The note is one of the biggest tells any potential 2016 Republican candidate has made so far about running for president in 2016.
Read the note below:
Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!
Like many of you, our family was blessed with the opportunity to gather together over the recent Thanksgiving holiday.
Columba and I are so proud of the wonderful adults our children have become, and we loved spending time with our three precious grandchildren.
We shared good food and watched a whole lotof football.
We also talked about the future of our nation. As a result of these conversations and thoughtful consideration of the kind of strong leadership I think America needs, 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.
In the coming months, I hope to visit with many of you and have a conversation about restoring the promise of America.
Best wishes to you and your families for a happy holiday season. I’ll be in touch soon.
In response to the Facebook note, Democratic National Committee Communications Director Mo Elleithee asked “isn’t this what he’s been doing all along?”
“I don’t know what the difference is between ‘thinking about’ running and ‘actively exploring’ running, but I suspect it has a lot to do with keeping his name in the news.”
This post has been updated.