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Running mates

Jeb Bush not ready for a woman president, but hints he might be ready for a woman VP

By WITW Staff on December 2, 2015

Jeb Bush was in Waterloo, Iowa, campaigning on Tuesday and during a Q&A session, a voter asked him to discuss the nature of the president-vice president relationship. During Bush’s answer, he dropped a bit of a hint about who his eventual running mate in the 2016 race might be, before ruminating on gender issues in America. “Should I be elected president, I would have my vice president — I think she will be a great partner,” he told the audience.

Bush kidded that he’d accidentally shared that revelation and didn’t mention any names who might be on his list of potential running mates. The former Fla. governor is running against two women — Carly Fiorina, who’s also vying GOP nomination, and Hillary Clinton, who’s leading the race for the Democratic nomination — so his very existence in the race implies that he’s not ready for a woman to be U.S. president. But, he apparently is ready for a woman to be a heartbeat away from the president.

“We always talk about this with one gender in mind,” Bush explained. “I think we’ve reached the point I think in our country where maybe we should be a little less gender-specific about this. He or she [a potential running mate] should be an integral part of the team. And frankly, the one important element of selecting a vice presidential candidate is whether he or she is qualified to be president. Everything else is secondary.”

Of course, all of the discussion around Bush and a woman running mate could be moot. A new Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday — exactly 60 days ahead of the Iowa caucuses — shows that Bush is severely trailing Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Marco Rubio (his mentee), and Ted Cruz. The poll results showed that Bush has just 5 percent of support of Republican voters nationwide who were surveyed.

Read the full story at The Hill.


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