WATERLOO, Iowa, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush hints that his vice presidential pick would be a woman.
At a campaign appearance in Waterloo, Iowa, on Tuesday evening, Bush told supporters: "Should I be elected president, I would have my vice president -- I think she will be a great partner."
He immediately joked: "I mean, did I say that out loud?"
"We always talk about this with one gender in mind. I think we've reached the point I think in our country where maybe we should be a little less gender-specific about this. He or she should be an integral part of the team," Bush said. "And frankly, the one important element of selecting a vice presidential candidate is whether he or she is qualified to be president. Everything else is secondary."
The latest Quinnipiac University polling data shows Bush's Iowa support at just 5 percent. This is even after a $30 million TV ad buy, which The Wall Street Journal reports was the biggest investment by a single entity in the 2016 presidential race.
On Tuesday, Bush's campaign began airing $600,000 in new ads in New Hampshire that tout his hawkish foreign policy. In the ad, a Medal of Honor recipient says: "This is no reality show," seemingly a dig at frontrunner Donald Trump, "This is serious business."