Jeb Bush: I’m not behind robocall in New Hampshire

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      Alex Pappas

      Alex Pappas is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter for The Daily Caller. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and the Mobile Press-Register. Pappas is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he was editor-in-chief of The Sewanee Purple. While in college, he did internships at NBC's Meet the Press and the White House. He grew up in Mobile, Ala., where he graduated from St. Paul's Episcopal School. He and his wife live on Capitol Hill.

A spokeswoman for Jeb Bush told The Daily Caller that the former Florida governor is not behind a mysterious robocall in New Hampshire that includes him as a possible choice in the 2012 Republican presidential race.

“News reports of the polling calls is how we first learned it was taking place,” Jaryn Emhof, a spokeswoman for Bush, told The Daily Caller.

“We don’t know who is behind it,” she stated flatly. “Nothing has changed — Gov. [Bush] is not running in 2012.”

There were multiple reports on Wednesday of the existence of the calls, which once again sparked speculation that the popular brother of former President George W. Bush could make a late entry into the race for the White House. He has repeatedly denied interest in running.

It’s possible the poll is from someone trying to convince Bush to take a second look. It’s also a possibility that it is from someone trying to make the point that voters desire someone other than the existing choices.

There’s still time for another candidate to jump in the race as late as February and win, University of Virginia professor Larry Sabato recently said on Fox News.

“I think for the Republicans, they would go back to the big stars who said ‘no,’” he said.

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