(NEW YORK) — JEB BUSH WON’T BE VP, 2012 WAS ‘PROBABLY MY TIME’ TO RUN: Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said on Thursday that “under no circumstances” will he be selected as vice president and admitted that 2012 was “probably my time” to run, ABC News’ Shushannah Walshe reports. “I’m not going to do it and I’m not going to be asked and it’s not going to happen,” Bush told Charlie Rose on CBS News Thursday morning.
When asked whether he had ruled out a future run for the White House himself, Bush gave quite a frank response, answering he has “not made that decision” yet, adding he “probably” should have run this cycle. “I’ve not made that decision,” Bush said. ”Although I think there is a window of opportunity in life for all sorts of reasons and this was probably my time. Although I don’t know, given kind of what I believe and how I believe it, I’m not sure I would have been successful as a candidate either. These are different times than just six years ago when I last ran.”
RUBIO ON SYRIA: Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., penned an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal explaining why the fall of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria is in the interest of the United States and urged immediate action be taken by the United States to advance this cause. “By not pursuing a policy that takes bolder steps to stop Assad and assist the more pro-Western opposition leaders, we prolong this conflict and allow Syria to hurtle toward becoming a radicalized, failed state whose violence will spill over and threaten its neighbors. Such an outcome would damage American interests and delight Iran and Hezbollah,” Rubio said.
RED OR BLUE? DON’T ASK MARCO RUBIO: Sen. Marco Rubio revealed Tuesday that he’s colorblind when he was asked about his own fashion sense by The Hill’s Judy Kurtz. Rubio admitted he has a secret weapon for navigating through the fashion world: his wife Jeanette. “I depend on my wife to match things,” Rubio told The Hill. “Like this blue tie I have on, for example,” Rubio joked as he pointed to the red tie he was wearing.
PAWLENTY SAYS ROMNEY TOPS OBAMA AS COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF: In an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Wednesday, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty said Mitt Romney would be a better commander-in-chief than President Obama. “His drone strikes and killing of Osama Bin Laden obviously are positives, but they don’t go far enough,” Pawlenty said on The Situation Room.
ROMNEY-McDONNELL TICKET DOESN’T AFFECT VA: A new Quinnipiac poll out Thursday shows that a Romney-Bob McDonnell ticket does not help in Virginia. Solely based on an Obama-Romney matchup, Obama leads 47 to 42 percent. Adding McDonnell to the ticket versus Vice President Joe Biden moves Obama to 48 percent and Romney to 43 percent.
VP PICKS NAMED TO ROMNEY’S HISPANIC STEERING COMMITTEE: Mitt Romney unveiled the leadership team comprising the campaign’s Hispanic Steering Committee, “Juntos Con Romney,” and several VP contenders made the list: Sen. Marco Rubio, Gov. Brian Sandoval, and Gov. Susana Martinez were all named honorary co-chairmen while former Gov. Jeb Bush was appointed to the National Advisory Board.
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