Jeb Bush said he thinks a fellow Republican should challenge President Donald Trump in 2020, according to a portion of an interview for the series “The Axe Files.”
The excerpt was tweeted by show host David Axelrod, a commentator and ex-adviser to former President Barack Obama. Axelrod’s interview with Bush, who went up against Trump in the 2016 Republican primary, is set to air on CNN at 7 p.m. on Saturday.
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“I think someone should run just because Republicans ought to be given a choice,” Bush said. “It’s hard to beat a sitting president, but to have a conversation about what it is to be a conservative, I think it’s important.”
Axelrod wrote in a subsequent tweet that Bush, a former Florida governor, had been “incredibly candid on all fronts,” including on the state of the country and the Republican Party.
In the same interview, according to CNN, Bush also discussed a speech he gave at the inauguration of Maryland Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, who has yet to rule out a 2020 bid. Of Hogan’s own inaugural speech, Bush said he “kind of got a sense that maybe this was an opening” for Hogan to consider a presidential campaign.