Scarborough: I Have Yet To Find A Person That Has Told Me They Are Excited For Jeb, They're "Non-Existent"

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On Thursday's edition of MSNBC's Morning Joe, host Joe Scarborough expressed the depressing lack of enthusiasm he has seen for probable Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush at Republican and conservative events.

"We were at CPAC together, we've been to the New Hampshire event together. We go to all of these events, and nobody is running around with their hair on fire saying 'I hate Jeb Bush,'" Scarborough observed.

"It's worse than that," Scarborough added. "Nobody is talking about him."

"I have yet to find the first person of all of the Republican events I've been to come up to me and go, "I'm here for Jeb. I'm excited." It's non-existent," the morning host also said.

"I do think that he would be the strongest general election candidate," Scarborough opined. "And I think he would be a great president. That's me personally. But, boy, I don't see how gets through a primary process where people... just don't connect to him."

JOE SCARBOROUGH: We were at CPAC together, we've been to the New Hampshire event together. We go to all of these events, and nobody is running around with their hair on fire saying "I hate Jeb Bush." It's worse than that. Nobody is talking about him. I have yet to find the first person of all of the Republican events I've been to come up to me and go, "I'm here for Jeb. I'm excited." It's non-existent.

You have Washington types that are there running around him. You have -- it's not a knock on him. Maybe he'll campaign and build it up. You'll hear that about Hillary on the Democratic side. They're excited about Hillary on the Democratic side. Have you -- let me just ask you. Have you ever had anybody come up to you in any of these Republican events saying "I came here, I drove here specifically for Jeb?" You hear that for everybody else. Have you ever heard that for Jeb?

MARK HALPERIN, BLOOMBERG: No passion and not top of mind. And again, this group, the voices are just loud and clear, just they're not interested in another Bush. They just think -- you know, I think Jeb is certainly amongst the strongest general election candidates. You heard one of the people express the sentiment common in the group: they don't want to send a Bush into battle against Hillary Clinton, even though you could argue by a lot of measures he'd be the strongest. The best thing you can say about what they said about Jeb Bush, and I agree with this, is he has a lot of work to do. He has a lot of work to do...

SCARBOROUGH: I do think that he would be the strongest general election candidate. And I think he would be a great president. That's me personally. But, boy, I don't see how gets through a primary process where people -- again, it's not anger or rage. They just don't connect to him.

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