Friday, April 20, Jeb Bush, the popular former governor of Florida, let it be known that he is available for a Romney/Bush ticket should he be tapped for the number 2 spot.
Next to a Romney/Rubio ticket, Bush might signal the most potential gain in Hispanic votes for the Republican Party come November.
The Republican Party chose Tampa, Florida, to house the Republican National Convention this year.
Bush, who is married to Mexican born-and-raised Columba Bush, formerly Columba Garnica Gallo, has deep ties to the Latino community, including his three children who share Hispanic blood lines.
Jeb Bush told Newsmax that if he were offered the vice presidency he would be inclined to accept. Ever modest, Bush first told Newsmax that Florida Senator Marco Rubio is “probably the best” candidate for the vice presidency under a Mitt Romney administration and he hopes Rubio would accept should Romney choose him; however Rubio has stated repeatedly that he is not interested in leaving the U.S. Senate.
“Well I’d consider it, but I doubt I’ll get a call, and I don’t know if it’s the right thing for me to do,” Bush told Newsmax. “I didn’t run for president for a similar kind of reason, so I’m all in to try to help him get elected,” he said.
Bush, has actively pushed the Republican Party to court Latino voters and short of Florida Senator Marco Rubio who is of Cuban descent being on the ticket, Bush might best influence Independent and conservative Democrat Hispanics to join Republicans in November.
Bush, the younger brother of George W. Bush, would likely attract a huge Hispanic voting bloc in Florida, a critical swing state.
Popular with Conservative Hispanics, Bush would favor fair GOP immigration laws and many Latino voters perceive him as having a favorable attitude toward Hispanics.
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, whom Bush endorsed last month, considers the security of U.S. borders as a top priority but any Romney immigration proposal would likely be influenced by a Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio serving in the number 2 spot.
Some high-ranking Republicans have said Bush himself would have been an ideal presidential nominee that would appeal to middle class and Hispanic voters looking for an alternative to President Barack Obama.
"For the Republican Party, the stakes could not be greater," said Bush. "Just eight years after the party's successful effort to woo Hispanic voters in 2004, this community, the fastest-growing group in the United States, according to census data - has drifted away."
“"In the 15 states that are likely to decide who controls the White House and the Senate in 2013, Hispanic voters will represent the margin of victory," he said.