So this is happening.
On Tuesday, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush announced that he is “actively exploring” a 2016 presidential campaign by posting a note guised as a Thanksgiving recap and holiday well wishes to the good people of America.
So what exactly does “actively exploring” mean? According to NBC:
Other candidates in the past, including then-Sen. Barack Obama, have set up formal “exploratory committees,” which are usually a precursor to making it official they are running. Bush stopped short of this, instead forming a “Leadership PAC,” like Sen. Rand Paul, Sen. Ted Cruz and other potential 2016 Republican candidates have already done.
With this PAC, Bush will be able to raise money to court key support, pay consultants and finance travel to early states as he flirts with a candidacy, as Paul and others have been doing for months. Most of the Republican candidates are not expected to officially “announce” their campaigns and set up headquarters until April, so Bush can use this PAC to fund his operations for the next three months.
Ah. Jeb is pretty serious about taking his family name to the White House yet again.
“It’s a strong and bold move by Bush. While he is only announcing the formation of a leadership PAC, it clearly communicates that he is very serious about running for president in 2016,” said Craig Robinson, the former political director of the Iowa Republican Party. “It also should end a lot of the speculation that is going on between him and someone like Romney. If Romney is serious, he will now need to make a similar action.”
Well, there you have it. Time to buckle down — looks like 2016 will be an interesting year in politics.