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Jeb Bush sounding more like a presidential candidate

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(Read caption) Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R), taking a higher profile role on policy issues recently, talks about education before the Texas Business Leadership Council on Feb. 26 in Austin. He has a new book, 'Immigration Wars,' coming out Tuesday.

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Watch out, Marco Rubio.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush – who, by any measure, would instantly become one of 2016's heavyweights should he decide to run for president – is hinting that a campaign might actually be in the cards.

Pressed on NBC's "Today" Monday as to whether he would "rule out" a run, he answered directly: "I won't," adding, "but I'm not going to declare today, either." Sounding like someone who intends to be a significant player, Mr. Bush said that while 2016 is "way off into the future," he's hoping to "share my beliefs about how the conservative movement and the Republican Party can regain its footing – because we've lost our way." 

 
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