Jeb Bush tells Newsmax he’d ‘consider’ a VP invite, but prefers Rubio; says Scott ‘doing fine’by George Bennett | April 20th, 2012
Former Gov. Jeb Bush, in a sitdown with conservative West Palm Beach-based Newsmax, says he’d “consider” accepting an invitation to be Mitt Romney‘s running mate, “but I doubt I’ll get a call.”
Bush said Sen. Marco Rubio is “probably the best” VP choice for Romney. He also spoke approvingly of several others.
Bush advised Romney to prepare for a negative campaign from President Obama, but said Romney should “stay above the fray a bit and offer a hopeful message that can lift people’s spirits.” He also said it would be “counterproductive” for Republicans to “demonize the president.”
Asked about current Gov. Rick Scott, who has had consistently low approval ratings, Bush said: “I think he’s doing fine. I don’t think he’s like the best PR person for his own governorship. But that’s fine. I mean, we all have skills. His skill is a business-like approach to government, a consistency that I think’s important, a compass that points north.
“He’s not surprising people with what he’s doing. He said exactly what he was going to do and I find it refreshing that he’s committed to doing what he said he was going to do. So I like the guy and I think as he gets more comfortable with the public side of the job he’ll get better and better politically. But I don’t even know if he cares about that, which I admire as well.”