Hillary Clinton fan Alcee Hastings says Jeb Bush would be ‘formidable’ 2016 foeby George Bennett | February 7th, 2014
Another Clinton-Bush presidential race?
U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Miramar, thinks it’s a good possibility.
Hastings, who backed Hillary Clinton over Barack Obama in the 2008 Democratic primaries, is among at least 42 House Democrats who have already declared their support for Clinton if she runs for president in 2016. Chatting with PostOnPolitics.com this morning, the 12-term Democrat said a 2016 race between Clinton and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush would be decided by a “razor-thin” margin. He didn’t predict who’d win.
“The Democrats’ nightmare can be Jeb Bush. And the reason that I say that is that Jeb would appeal to a large set of the fastest growing demographic in America, and that is those who share the Spanish language,” Hastings said.
“Jeb, in addition to being formidable in the Hispanic community, would also be formidable in Florida and Florida is one of those states that is in that must-win category,” Hastings said.
A Bush or Clinton has run for president in seven of the last nine elections, including the 1992 race in which Bill Clinton defeated President George H.W. Bush.
“To dispense with the notion of, ‘Oh, well, we’ve had too much of the Bushes and too much of the Clintons,’ I say experience counts,” Hastings said. “We don’t need anybody that is going to have to learn on the job.”