Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Sunday likened political reporters to “crack addicts” and “heroin addicts” for repeatedly asking about his presidential ambitions.
NBC “Meet the Press” host David Gregory had asked whether America was more likely to see Bush or his fellow Floridian, Sen. Marco Rubio, in the White House.
“Man you guys are crack addicts, you’re really obsessed with all this politics,” Bush said.
Gregory laughed and said that wasn’t something he’d been called before.
“OK, heroin addict — that better?” Bush asked.
Bush appeared on all five Sunday morning talk shows to promote his newest book after stoking speculation in recent days about a 2016 bid.
On “Fox News Sunday,” Bush said he wasn’t concerned about his last name being a burden after his brother left office with unfavorable ratings four years ago.
“I don’t think there’s any Bush baggage at all,” he said. “I love my brother, I’m proud of his accomplishments. I love my dad. I’m proud to be a Bush.”
Bush continued, “If I run for president, it’s not because of something in my DNA that compels me to do it. It would be that it’s the right thing to do for my family, that the conditions are right, and that I have something to offer.”