The media seem fascinated these days asking Republicans if they would endorse Sarah Palin for President in 2012.
When CNN's John King asked that question of former Florida governor Jeb Bush Friday, he didn't bat an eye (video follows with transcript and commentary, h/t HAP):
JOHN KING, HOST: We always reach out to our friends on Twitter and Facebook while we're having big guests on the program and we told them you were coming on to the program. Here's what one of our Facebook fans, Kyle Hunter, asked me to ask. Would he endorse Palin for president if he does not run himself?
JEB BUSH, FORMER FLORIDA GOVERNOR: A, I'm not running and if Sarah Palin's the nominee and if she's running against Barack Obama, you betcha.
KING: Do you see right now, you say you're not running, I take your word for that too. When you look around do you see a kind of Republican, I know you don't want to get into the names just right now, but a kind of Republican that you think this is the profile we want to run up against Barack Obama in 2012?
BUSH: Big and bold and aspirational that has a positive agenda that will compare, I think, favorably to that of the president's. We can't as Republicans, we can't just be against the president's proposals, we have to offer up compelling alternatives that are 21st century oriented that deal with these huge problems that we faced across the board of the policy world. I just think there's a yearning for that and many of the gubernatorial candidates and soon to be governors will be acting on that and I think that's going to encourage all of our candidates to be bigger and bolder and more aspirational.
Makes you wonder if King was expecting Bush to dodge the question.