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Local Author Examines Jeb Bush's Florida Legacy Amid Rumors Of Presidential Run

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As Jeb Bush's family hints at a potential presidential run in 2016, a new book reflects on his political career in Florida.

University of North Florida political science professor Matt Corrigan traces Bush's turn as governor in his new book, Conservative Hurricane: How Jeb Bush Remade Florida.

Corrigan joined Melissa Ross to discuss the book and Bush's legacy.

Corrigan said Bush brought power to the governor's office during his term. 

"It was the first unified Republican government since reconstruction after the Civil War," he said. 

He added that with Bush, things got done. 

"You can't argue that with Jeb Bush," said Corrigan. "It was a huge agenda. Education, tax incentives, tax cuts, it was a wide sweeping agenda, and that's what we try to look at in the book." 

As rumors fly of Bush running for president in 2016, Corrigan said he thinks Bush could make it through the Republican primaries, but only with support from southern states.

"I think the key for him is surviving to get to the southern states. If Bush can't win in the southern states, he's not going to win the nomination. But there doesn't seem to be that many southern candidates lining up unless you consider Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio," he said.

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