Only last week, Republican aspiring presidential candidate Jeb Bush was making jokes about stopping his campaign while in South Carolina. “It’s all been decided, apparently,” Bush said according to Politico. “The pundits have already figured it out,” he said mockingly. “We don’t have to go vote. I should stop campaigning maybe. That’s not how democracy works, right?” The comments, which at the time seemed like mild jokes, came true after more disappointing results in the Palmetto State. The former Florida governor told supporters in Columbia that he was falling too far behind in the primary election to keep going and was quitting his campaign. “The people of Iowa and New Hampshire and South Carolina have spoken, and I really respect their decision,” Bush explained.

Outrun by his opponents Donald Trump and Senators Marc Rubio and Ted Cruz, Bush insisted that he remains proud of his campaign and stands by the “conservative solutions it offered.” As the son of George H. W. Bush and brother of George W. Bush, the aspiring candidate seemed to have great potential and fundraising power, but not enough to dissuade other aspirants to run. “I congratulate my competitors that are remaining on the island, on their success that has been hard-fought, just as the contest for the presidency should be, because it is a hard job,” Bush continued his statement.

“I firmly believe the American people must entrust this office to someone who understands that whoever holds it is a servant, not the master... America’s best days are ahead. With strong, conservative leadership, Republicans can win the White House,” Bush said convinced.