Texas Gov. Rick Perry tipped his hat to a likely rival this week, calling former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush “probably the front-runner” in the 2016 race for the White House, The Washington Times reports.
“Jeb’s a good man, a good friend. He was a good governor. You know, him getting in the race, I think, helps the field,” the Texas governor told radio host Hugh Hewitt. “I would suggest to you he’s probably, since he said what he said, he’s probably the front-runner at this particular point in time.”
Bush, who hasn’t sought public office since he was re-elected governor in 2006, used Facebook and Twitter on Dec. 16 to announce that he would “actively explore” a 2016 run.
The move puts Bush in direct competition with Perry, who has not yet declared himself a candidate but is taking steps toward a second White House bid after he came up short in the 2012 Republican primaries. Read more.