Jeb Bush says he’ll decide whether to run for president “soon, for sure.”
The former Florida governor said Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that he hopes to run, and will make a decision after an early-June foreign trip, which includes stops in Germany, Poland and Estonia.
“After that, I’ll have to make up my mind,” he said.
Bush fired a starting gun in the 2016 race for the White House in December with his announcement that he is considering entering the campaign. Since then, though, he’s maintained — despite hiring campaign staff and fundraising aggressively — that he hasn’t made a final decision.
If Bush does get in to the race, one of his biggest challenges will be facing questions about the tenure of his brother, former President George W. Bush.
“This is hard for me, to be honest with you,” Jeb Bush said Sunday, adding that he won’t try to distance himself from his brother.
“My brother’s not going to be a problem at all. I seek out his advice, I love him dearly, I’ve learned from his successes and mistakes,” he added.
Asked what he’s learned, Bush commended his brother’s defense and national security efforts in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, but said Congress spent too much during his brother’s presidency.