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Bush: No Plans to Run in 2012

9/2/2009

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush says he's not running for president in 2012 -- but he's not closing the door completely.

The brother of one Republican president and son of another was in Indianapolis Wednesday to tout Florida's education reforms to Indiana's Education Roundtable. Bush says he's not running for anything "right now."

"I'm focused on my own private life and trying to help others continue their public service," Bush says. "It's a secondary role, not a primary role, and it'll probably remain that way."

Bush's hedged denial of interest stands in contrast to the man at his side as he spoke, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels. Daniels' name has been floated by some Republican insiders -- including Bush, who's called him one of the GOP's top leaders -- but Daniels has been unequivocal in declaring he won't run for president or any other elected office.

Bush praises President Obama for supporting some of the same education reforms Bush backed as governor, including charter schools. But he says he disagrees with the administration's overall path.

"I'm just very disturbed by the rapid change of who we are as a nation, or the attempt," Bush says.

Earlier this year, Bush passed up a chance to run for the Senate seat being vacated by Florida Republican Mel Martinez, who has since resigned. Bush's successor as governor, Charlie Crist, is running for the post.

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