Jeb Bush still not ruling out Presidential run

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Jeb Bush speaks at the 2012 Republican National Convention



St. Petersburg, Florida -- Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is still not ruling out a 2016 run for the White House.

Bush said this week that he'll decide later this year if he'll seek the Presidency.

"I'm deferring the decision to the right time which is later this year and the decision will be based on can I do it joyfully, cause I think we need to have candidates who can lift our spirits, it's a pretty pessimistic country right now and is it right for my family," Bush said.

See also: Barbara Bush: Presidency not limited to my family

A new poll by the Washington Post/ABC News also shows Bush with strong support among conservatives should he seek the Republican nomination. The poll showed Representative Paul Ryan leading the Republican field with 20% followed by Bush with 18%. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie came in third with 13% followed by Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Florida Senator Marco Rubio.

MORE: Florida poll: Clinton leads Bush, Rubio in matchups

Of course if Bush does want to run he may have to start with convincing his mother who recently said she thinks her son should stay out of the 2016 race.

"Yeah, she promised me she wouldn't keep saying this but she's 89-years-old and if you have elderly parents or grandparent you know that they speak their mind," Bush joked.

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