Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush told a crowd in central Iowa tonight that he’ll likely be a regular visitor to Iowa.
“I intend to come back with regularity should I get beyond the possibility of the consideration of reunning and I’m excited about that prospect,” Bush said, taking a breath before adding: “because I have a record that I think people might be interested in learning about.”
Bush spoke at a fundraiser in Urbandale for Congressman David Young that attracted a crowd of about 100.
“I’m going to get the legal part of this out of the way,” Bush said in the opening moments of his 20 minute appearance. “I’m seriously considering the possibility of running for president All of that now allows me to talk about that possibility in a way that doesn’t trigger a campaign.”
Bush told the crowd it had been “a blast” to work in Iowa for his father’s 1980 and 1988 presidential campaigns.
“I’ve done it both ways. I’ve been to Iowa where my dad lost and I’ve there when he won,” Bush said. “I like the winning part better, to be honest with you.”
Bush joked about the presence of dozens of media outlets at the back of the room and answered a handful of questions from the crowd of Republicans. In discussing the country’s next election in general, Bush argued the GOP should be about electing “principle-centered” candidates.
“My hope is that the ’16 campaign for all these races will be about what we believe in,” Bush said, “what we’re for, that we draw people towards our cause, that we’re not as reactionary, but that we’re much more positive about the future of our country because it’s there for us to fix and when we fix it, this country will lead the world for a long, long while.”
AUDIO of Bush’s speech, Q&A with crowd, 20:00
Bush is among the prospective presidential candidates who will appear at Saturday’s Iowa Agricultural Summit at the state fairgrounds.