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Posted: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 6:00 pm

The endless speculation about who the Republicans will run against Democrat Hillary Clinton seems to be focusing more and more on Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida. Hillary has not announced her intentions, but her ambitions and with the groundwork laid, she is ahead in polls of any other Democrat mentioned as a possible candidate.

Of note is that Bush said Sunday in an interview that all the speculation about him running for president is giving him more publicity than if he had announced he would be a candidate. That’s true. He said he will decide by the end of the year whether he will run.

One factor in his decision, he said, is whether he can deliver an optimistic, hopeful message without getting drawn into a political “mud fight.” Another factor is family considerations. A candidate can’t always determine about political “mud fights” beforehand. Many wives do not want their husbands in politics and much less to run for president. An exception was Hillary. She wanted her husband in the White House for a jumping off point for her political ambitions, which include being the first woman to be president of the United States.

Many Republicans believe Bush would be their strongest candidate. Both Bush and Hillary have the footings to raise the needed money to run. There is a super PAC called “Ready for Hillary.”

Hillary does have to overcome Clinton fatigue and a host of other negative and questionable happenings in the Clintons’ backgrounds while in government.

It could be a Clinton-Bush race in 2016. The writing is on the political hats alongside the presidential ring. It wouldn’t take much to toss them in.

/opinion