Another President Bush? Will Jeb Bush Set Sights on the White House?

This probably isn't the first time you've heard someone ask if Jeb Bush is going to run for president. It won't be the last.

Political dynasties don't just die off, especially when they control the presidency for 12 of 22 years and have in their depth chart the extremely popular former governor of a key swing state.

Some political observers say by all rights, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush should be running for president. He has strong conservative credentials, an impeccable political pedigree, can appeal to the all-important Hispanic population, and could do well in his home state, which is populous, up for grabs, and often decides general elections.

But if you go to his website, jeb.org, there is a blank page. Is it waiting to be filled with a platform? Or is it left over from older ambitions?

PHOTO Former President George W. Bush and former Vice President Dick Cheney today met face to face for the first time since leaving office over a year ago
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No doubt the Bush brand is damaged. When Jeb's brother George W. left office in 2009, fewer than three in ten Americans approved of his presidency.

But there is hope among Republicans that stigma is beginning to fade.

"I think a lot of people are looking back with a little -- with more fondness on President Bush's administration, and I think history will treat him well," Sen. John Cornyn, R-Tex, who is in charge of getting Republicans elected to the Senate in 2010, told C-Span this week.

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Many conservatives have long hoped Jeb Bush would play a bigger national role, but he has kept a low profile since leaving the Florida governor's mansion in 2007.

The question that lingers on many Republican lips when asked about whether he should join the fray and run for President is this: "Is it too soon?"

The answers vary.

"Given the way the Obama administration is going, I think it's not too soon," said one Florida Republican who asked not be identified so as not to appear to be taking sides.

"It's just too soon," said one Washington Republican who requested anonymity for the same reason.

Jeb Bush has been out of office for two years and owns a consulting business, which doesn't appear to have any website. He is a senior advisor to Barclay's Capitol and operates two foundations that focus on his favorite policy issue – education. Read about those here and here.

Video of President George Herbert Walker Bush on the stump in 1992.
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Jeb Bush Slowly Raising National Profile

He gives an occasional interview to Fox News.

Bush has a canned answer for when interviewers ask him if he is interested in running for president.

"There are probably 10 people right now who wake up and say what do I have to do to get in position to run for president or be president. Maybe more than that, and I'm not one of them," he told Fox back in February.

But in recent months, Jeb has been slowly, quietly, but certainly raising his profile.

Video of President George H. W. Bush talking to Barbara Walters.
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He gave a feisty interview to a New York Times political writer in June in which he said his older brother probably would not respond to President Obama's continued attempts to draw contrasts between his own administration and the previous one.

Jeb defended his brother and predicted only one term for President Obama, who he compared to "Hubert Humphrey on steroids."

He has been endorsing a slew of Republican candidates in primary races, most of them in races outside of Florida and most of whom share his outlook on education, which is also the one area where he gives President Obama high marks.

Video of President Bush holding a news conference on Operation Enduring Freedom and Terrorism.
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