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Jeb Bush says no to being Romney's vice president

June 07, 2012|By Michael A. Memoli
  • Jeb Bush prepares to testify before the House Budget Committee on Capitol Hill June 1, 2012 in Washington.
Jeb Bush prepares to testify before the House Budget Committee on Capitol… (Chip Somodevilla / Getty…)

Jeb Bush couldn't be clearer, it would seem: He's not going to be Mitt Romney's running mate.

The former Florida governor tells CBS' Charlie Rose in an interview: "I'm not going to do it. I'm not going to be asked. And it's not going to happen."

That's as close to Shermanesque as you get in politics these days.

Bush said he plans to "enthusiastically" support Romney, but won't "be a candidate with him."

"Under no circumstances?" Rose asked.

"Under no circumstances," Bush responded.

Bush said that there was a "wealth of talent" in the Republican Party that Romney could choose from, and that he's sure Romney would pick someone who would be "very capable to be president, and help him win the election."

What about 2016? Bush, the son and brother of former U.S. presidents, said he hasn't ruled out ever running himself, but suggested his time has come and gone.

"There's a window of opportunity in life, for all sorts of reasons. This was probably my time," he said, referring to the 2012 election. But, "I'm not sure I would have been successful as a candidate."

The full interview airs on "CBS This Morning" Thursday.

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