Despite repeatedly denying any interest in running for president in 2012, former Florida governor Jeb Bush is still at the center of media speculation as a potential candidate.
Asked by Politico Tuesday if the door was still shut on a possible 2012 bid, even with the increased attention, Bush curtly answered with one word: "yes."
A close advisor to Bush also reiterated to FOX News his deep disinterest in entering a race for the White House.
" If I had a nickel whenever we get that question, " the advisor said, chuckling. "Now we just laugh whenever someone asks."
Recently in a National Review article, penned by the magazine's editor Rich Lowry, pondered 8 reasons why the popular Floridian should run.
"It's hard to imagine an environment better suited for a heavyweight like Jeb to make a run, " Lowry wrote. "Jeb probably has a better chance to unite the establishment and Tea Party wings of the GOP than anyone else."
"I will not be a candidate in 2012, " Bush said adamantly in an sit-down interview with Fox News, a couple weeks ago.
"I think part of my problem is that as a former politician is that everybody incredibly, deeply discounts everything a politician says, " Bush said, laughing.