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Jeb Bush: ‘I don’t feel like yesterday’s news, and I’m not’

MANCHESTER, NH - APRIL, 17: Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush listens before speaking to a group at a Politics and Eggs event at The New Hampshire Institute of Politics in Manchester, NH on Friday April 17, 2015. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)
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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush confirmed in a new interview that he is seeking counsel from his brother, former president George W. Bush, on a wide range of issues.

Bush, who is preparing to launch a presidential campaign in the coming weeks, surprised a group of Manhattan donors last week by revealing that he's been consulting his brother on U.S.-Israel relations, in addition to other experts on the issue.

[One of Jeb Bush's top advisers on Israel: George W. Bush]

Embracing George W. Bush as a foreign policy confidant is a risky move for his brother, because while the former president's approval ratings have improved since he left office in 2009, his foreign policy legacy -- particularly the Iraq war -- remains deeply unpopular with a majority of Americans.

But in an interview with Fox News set to air on Monday night, Jeb Bush confirmed that he's spoken to George W. Bush about Israel and other issues.

"I love my brother and I respect his service. And in terms of living presidents and someone who has lived this and breathed it, the fight against terror and our relationships, starting with Israel, but how you build relationships with the countries that are so essential to create security in the world, I do rely on him, and I respect his advice," he told Fox News's Megyn Kelly. "He’s not only the person that advises me. I have -- you know, one of the fun things about the journey I’m on is -- I get to call people up I really respect and admire and believe it or not and they’re answering my calls. So, of course, I’m going to ask my brother his advice."

Kelly's interview with Bush airs tonight on her program, "The Kelly File."

Bush also defended himself against suggestions by some Republicans that he's ill-equipped to face off against former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton in a general election because both come from families with long political legacies and would be cast as politicians from the past.

"I haven’t been in Washington over the last... ever. I’m not part of Washington," he said in response. "I got to serve as a governor of a state, a purple state, and I was the most successful conservative governor probably during the time that I was there."

"I don’t feel old," he added later. "I don’t feel like yesterday’s news, and I’m not."

"Presidents have the chance to lead, and I’ve led -- and not many people that are thinking about running have the leadership experience that I’ve had," he said later. "And so if I tell my story, if I go beyond the consideration of this, be a candidate, I think I’d be successful."

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