Monitor: Comment on the possibility of George W Bush standing for US president

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BUSH SAID a lack of response from the public is all that would prevent him from becoming a candidate. Obviously, that will not be a problem. And Bush's candidacy will be good for the Republican Party, which is in need of candidates to brighten its image. Bush has received support from a stunning array of party leaders around the nation. The outburst of early support demonstrates that many party leaders realize Bush represents a much needed new perspective. In contrast to the harsh divisiveness of some GOP leaders, Bush offers a vision of inclusiveness and unity, while maintaining the core conservative values espoused by the Republicans. Regardless of the outcome, all Americans are well-served when honorable, capable leaders such as Bush are willing to brave the elements and take the risks associated with a presidential candidacy.

San Antonio Express News

THE 2000 presidential election campaign is already upon us. The race for the Republican nomination is the most unpredictable. The GOP traditionally has had an "heir apparent" - whether a vice president such as George Bush, or an elder statesman like Bob Dole - whom the party apparatus rallied behind. That's not the case this year; the race is wide open. Bush, coming off a wildly successful reelection bid is widely seen as the front- runner among GOP voters. Early polls, which are generally meaningless, show him ahead of the likely Democratic nominee, Vice President Al Gore. Hundreds of GOP officeholders have endorsed Governor Bush, but some on the right doubt his conservative credentials. His behavior as a young man could become an issue.

Christian Science Monitor

THIS ELECTION may demonstrate that the clout of the social-issues conservatives of the GOP, to whom Quayle is also playing, is insufficient to deliver a nomination. With Bush's impressive victories in Texas behind him, and his decent record as governor, it's unfair to say of him that he has risen to the top as a result of sheer pressure from below. But he does not look short of stature next to any of his rivals so far.

Washington Times