President Bush has not ruled out a presidential run, a source close to him tells ABC News.
The source, who requested anonymity to discuss private conversations, said Bush is “confident that he has the ability to make a successful presidential run.”
The source also said Bush’s campaign has begun planning for a 2016 run and that Bush is in discussions with a wide range of potential candidates, including former President Barack Obama.
The Hill reported Friday that Bush said he “has no plans” to seek the Democratic nomination.
Bush has previously made clear he is not considering a run, calling the 2016 election cycle “a time for reflection and reflection” before deciding on his political future.
He is not running for president, he told a news conference last week.
But the source said Bush, who was a guest at the annual Democratic National Convention last year, has begun to talk to other candidates about a potential run.
Obama has said he’s running for a third term.
Bush’s announcement is a major shift in his political thinking.
The president has repeatedly ruled out running for the White House, but he has not formally announced his plans to run.