Miami is looking ever more likely to be the gravitational center of the GOP battle for 2016's Presidential race. Locally grown Sen. Marco Rubio has already promised to make a call within the next year about whether to toss his hat into the wide-open Republican field and now the man that may well be the frontrunner if he joins the fray has made his own announcement.
Jeb Bush told an audience in Texas yesterday that he'll decide by the end of the year whether to run. He also gave broad hints about what kind of campaign he'd mount if he does, suggesting he's already put some serious thought into a White House run.
Jeb spoke Sunday at the George Bush Presidential Library in an event honoring the 25th anniversary of his dad's presidency. Though the event was closed to the public and press, Fox News was allowed to re-broadcast a few tidbits.
Those moments are enough to show that all the pressure Jeb's been getting lately to fill the power vacuum at the top of the GOP ticket might just be turning into an actual commitment to run.
Jeb told the audience he'd only consider mounting the race if he could focus on big issues rather than small-potatoes horse race problems like how to "win the Muscatine Pork Roast straw poll," the Washington Post reports, while also expressing concerns about dragging his family into another campaign battle.
But he also touched on many of the political ideas that have galvanized the center of the party around him, bemoaning the GOP's hardline immigration stance and calling for reforms to allow working immigrants to stay.
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"Yes, they broke the law, but it's not a felony," he said according to the Post. "It's an act of love. It's an act of commitment to your family. I honestly think that that is a different kind of crime that there should be a price paid, but it shouldn't rile people up that people are actually coming to this country to provide for their families."
In the meantime, GOP financiers have been hard at work starting fundraising for Jeb, sparked by concerns that presumed frontrunner Chris Christie wrecked his chances with the scandal over a bridge closure in New Jersey and that other contenders -- Marco Rubio included -- haven't caught the public imagination enough to win back the White House.