In an interview with Newsmax, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush seemed dismissive of the viability of a Sarah Palin candidacy for President. While touting her ability to “appeal to large groups of people,” Bush added that he had concerns about her grasp of real world issues:
BUSH: My personal belief is that, for Governor Palin to be a successful candidate for higher office, she needs to take this charisma she has and add to it some depth of understanding of the complexity of life we’re living in today. [...]
I mean, I don’t know what her deal is, but my belief is in 2010 and 2012, public leaders need to have intellectual curiosity.
In 2008, Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) previously issued a similar criticism of Palin, saying she was not “experienced enough” to be President. And former First Lady Laura Bush acknowledged that, “of course,” Palin didn’t have the requisite foreign policy experience. And Dick Cheney reportedly thought Palin was a “reckless choice” for vice president. (HT: TPM)