9 November, 2016. 11:34

ERROL PARKER | Editor-at-large | Contact

KICKING HIS SHOES OFF and settling in for a sleepless night of election coverage, former presidential hopeful Jeb Bush let out a loud sigh as he slumped down on the couch of his Florida home tonight – wondering what could’ve been.

The 63-year-old suspended his campaign for the White House after the South Carolina primaries in February. It was a lacklustre result for Bush, who decided to officially endorse Senator Ted Cruz shortly after.

Speaking candidly to The Advocate this morning, Bush said he remained optimistic for the future and declined to rule out running again in 2020.

“I mean, it’s pretty deflating knowing that this Trump goon was more popular than you,” he said. “You can’t help but wonder what could’ve been, you know? What if I was up on that stage.

Though The Betoota Advocate was the only newspaper aside from the Tampa Bay Times to officially endorse Jeb Bush for president, it wasn’t enough to win over the silent, disenfranchised majority that guided Trump to power.

“People say that America deserves more than Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama, Clinton – but I say they deserve Bush more than Clinton. Personally, I hope that this was all a ruse on Hillary’s part to win power, then blow and intern. All just to get back at Bill. That’s what I’m hoping for.”

“This is all off the record, right?”

As polling closes around the US in the coming hours, the next president of the United States will become clear as the afternoon rolls on local time.

More to come.



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