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October 22nd, 2010
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Will Jeb Bush run for president?

(CNN) – Former Florida Republican Governor, Jeb Bush said Friday he isn't running for president, but would support Sarah Palin if she were to run.

In an interview with CNN Chief National Correspondent John King Friday, Bush – whose brother and father are former presidents – said he'd support former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin if she were the Republican presidential nominee in 2012.

"You betcha," Bush said in an interview set to air on CNN's John King, USA at 7 p.m. ET Friday.

And what kind of Republican does he think would make a good 2012 candidate?

"Big and bold and aspirational that has a positive agenda that will compare, I think favorably to that of the president," Bush said. "We can't just be against the president's proposals, we have to offer up compelling alternatives."

He also weighed in on the current race for governor in Florida, saying there has been a lot of "throwing mud back and forth," but not enough talk about specific issues.

"The election, up until now, has been… a lot of negative things and not trying to lift our spirits as a state," Bush said. "There's a cloud over Florida right now, as it is over the country so being specific about what you want to do, I think will be a good thing."

John King will moderate the Florida gubernatorial debate Monday night at 7 p.m. ET.

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October 22nd, 2010
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Be in the know: Today's political bullet points

Everyday we ask influential politicos to send us their top three bullet points that are driving the day's conversation in and outside Washington.

Here we go into the penultimate campaign weekend (I’ve always loved that word for some reason), and despite what the White House is saying publicly about Democrats keeping control of both the House and Senate, here is what they think really think: GOP wins control of the House and Democrats keep the Senate with somewhere in the 51-54 seat range. To the Friday bullet points: Even some of Jane’s fellow liberals think she is too hard, publicly anyway, on the Obama White House. But, to borrow a line from the Gipper, here she goes again: Three points critical of the Democratic president as we head into the final week of the campaign. That’s more than an enthusiasm gap –- it’s a giant trust deficit. Erick is, as usual, leaning right and right into some of the biggest debates in the country, including the Juan Williams firing. His point two is a reminder that after the election, the big question is whether there will be any opening for consensus/compromise, or will it be more about settling scores. Enjoy the weekend. – John King

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– In MO-3, Russ Carnahan's campaign has hit on a novel tactic within a heavily Catholic district. They are accusing Ed Martin, the Republican opponent, of aiding and abetting the Catholic Church in covering up pedophilia.

– The AFSCME is pouring a pile of last minute cash into races. Republicans, should they take back Congress, will have the last laugh.

– The Juan Williams firing is continuing to dominate the discussion today. Joe Barton (R-TX) wants congressional inquiries and Jim DeMint (R-SC) is submitting legislation to finally defund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Hallelujah.

Firedoglake.com Blogger/Founder Jane Hamsher:

– President Fierce Advocate won't let judge's ruling to end DADT stand. President Fierce Advocate's aide says, "Many American gays understand this process."

– Administration says not to worry about systemic mortgage fraud, and advises us to look forward not backward.

– The Obama Administration is obligated to defend all US laws. Oh, except when it doesn't want to.


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October 22nd, 2010
12:39 PM ET

What would you ask Jeb Bush?

Former Republican Governor of Florida, Jeb Bush will join us one on one tonight for an EXCLUSIVE interview…What do you want us to ask him? Send us your questions NOW!


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