Former Florida governor Jeb Bush said a fellow Republican should challenge President Trump for the GOP nomination next year, though he acknowledged the difficulties in defeating a sitting president.
“I think someone should run, just because Republicans ought to be given a choice,” Bush said in an interview on CNN’s “The Axe Files” scheduled to air Saturday, according to excerpts released by the network.
Bush, who fell short to Trump in his bid for the 2016 nomination, said defeating Trump will be difficult for any candidate, in part because Trump “has a strong, loyal base.”
“But to have a conversation about what it is to be a conservative I think is important,” he told host David Axelrod. “And our country needs to have competing ideologies … that are dynamic, that focus on the world we’re in and the world we’re moving toward rather than revert back to a nostalgic time.”
In January, Bush introduced Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, at Hogan’s second inauguration, saying he was “at the top of the list of leaders that I admire,” and that the governor “embodies the strong independent leadership America needs now.”
Hogan has not ruled out a 2020 challenge to Trump and is planning an April visit to New Hampshire, the first presidential primary state.
According to CNN, Bush didn’t say whether he’s spoken to Hogan about a potential run.
William Weld, a former governor of Massachusetts, announced last month that he would form an exploratory committee to challenge Trump for the Republican nomination in 2020.