Jeb Bush: Political Reporters Are “Crack Addicts”

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
March 10 2013 4:39 PM

Jeb Bush: Reporters Are “Crack Addicts” for Political Speculation and Gossip

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Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush declined to discuss whether he was considering a presidential run in 2016

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush toured the Sunday morning news shows to promote his new book Immigration Wars. Although he obviously made it clear he was appearing on the five big news shows—Face the Nation, State of the Union, Fox News Sunday, Meet the Press, and This Week—to talk about his book, the discussion inevitably turned to electoral politics and whether he would seek to become the third member of his family to move into the White House, reports Politico. Illustrating how tired he was of answering speculative questions on his political future, Bush likened journalists to drug addicts when NBC’s David Gregory asked him what must have been a particularly annoying question.

"Who's the hottest Florida politician right now? Is it you or Marco Rubio?" Gregory asked, referring to the Florida senator. "Who are we more likely to see in the White House?" (Watch video of the interview after the jump).

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"Man, you guys are crack addicts. You really are obsessed with all this politics," Bush replied. At that point, Gregory said he had been called a lot of things in life, but not a crack addict. "OK, heroin addict,” Bush replied. “Is that better?” He then went on to praise Rubio for working on some of the “big challenges” facing the country.

Bush insisted it was too early to think about 2016, telling CNN, "I don't know if I'm going to run for elected office again or not." But he did emphasize that if he were to run, he doesn’t feel his name would hurt him. “I don’t think there’s any Bush baggage at all,” Bush said on Fox News. “I love my brother, I'm proud of his accomplishments. I love my dad, and I'm proud to be a Bush.” He also said on NBC that he believes “history will be kind to my brother.”

Daniel Politi has been contributing to Slate since 2004 and wrote the "Today's Papers" column from 2006 to 2009. You can follow him on Twitter @dpoliti.