David Axelrod doubts Jeb Bush will run in 2016

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Former Obama advisor David Axelrod said he is not entirely sure Jeb Bush will run for the White House in 2016.

“I have some real doubts as to whether he’s going to run,” the one-time senior adviser to President Barack Obama told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Wednesday, reports Jonathan Topaz in Politico.

“Running in the Republican Party today is a hard thing to do,” Axelrod said, then referenced former GOP presidential nominees Arizona Sen. John McCain and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

“I don’t think Jeb Bush wants to run for president and have to subjugate his principles like the last two nominees did.”

Axelrod also talked of Bush’s “family concerns” as another possible reason not to enter the 2016 race.

Voters are “more likely” to choose experienced governors over inexperienced lawmakers like Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, Axelrod said.

“All these senators are pushing uphill,” he added.

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