John Boehner: My Friend Jeb Bush Would Make a 'Great President'
House Speaker John Boehner signaled support for former Florida Governor Jeb Bush to run for president during a press conference on Monday.
“Jeb Bush is my friend,” Boehner said. "I think he’d make a great president. And I’ve been nudging him for some time.”
Boehner made his remarks during a Q&A session with Texas Tribune at the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.
Boehner also asserted that a majority of Republicans were interested in immigration reform, even though some were blocking the issue.
“There are some members of my party that just do not want to deal with this,” Boehner said. “It’s no secret. But I do believe the vast majority of members of our party do want to deal with this.”
In a separate interview that aired Monday on Fox News Business, Boehner reiterated his position against earmarks.
Asked about recent calls to bring back earmarks, the controversial practice of Congress directing federal funds to specific projects, Boehner said he would never stand for their return.
"I've been here for 24 years and I've never, ever once asked for an earmark or got one. Not once. I started this effort in 2006 to get rid of earmarks. We are not going back to the nonsense that went on before then," Boehner said.