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“I think he wants to be president.” — former President George W. Bush on Fox News on Thursday speaking about his brother, Jeb.

The former president wants Jeb Bush to run and said his little brother would be a “great” president because he understands what the job entails. Jeb Bush has been lying low in recent months as he contemplates another Bush White House candidacy. He would be regarded as a very strong general-election candidate, but one who could struggle in the primaries given his past struggles with conservatives over issues such as immigration reform.

“To this day, I believe that a small U.S. troop presence in Iraq could have effectively advised the Iraqi military on how to deal with al-Qaeda’s resurgence and the sectarian violence that has engulfed the country.” — former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who served under President Obama, writing in his new memoir to be published next week.

Republicans pointed to Panetta’s statements as more evidence that the president misplayed the pullout from Iraq. Panetta had argued against a total withdrawal of all forces. Such a move, he said, “would endanger the fragile stability then barely holding Iraq together.” Following heated arguments with the White House, Panetta’s views lost out to those advocating total withdrawal.

“Orman opposes amnesty.” — an announcer in a new Greg Orman for U.S Senate ad that began airing Thursday in Kansas.

The campaign of Orman’s opponent, Republican Pat Roberts, blasted the ad because Orman has repeatedly stated that he supports a path for citizenship for undocumented immigrants in the U.S. To many, that’s amnesty. Said a Roberts spokesman: “It’s increasingly clear that liberal Democrat Greg Orman will say literally anything to get elected.”

“This isn’t some official campaign speech or political speech.” — President Barack Obama speaking Thursday at Northwestern University where he offered a stout defense of his economic record.

Despite the president’s words, the address had political overtones all over it. Obama said it was “indisputable” that the economy was stronger than when he took office, adding that “every single one” of his economic policies would be on the November ballot. Republicans said the speech effectively turned the election into a referendum on the president’s economic policies.