Jeb Bush marked 'Hispanic' on 2009 voter registration form

Jeb Bush Claims To Be Hispanic On Voter Registration

Likely 2016 GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush speaks Spanish fluently, his wife was born in Mexico and he lived in Venezuela for two years -- but he is not Hispanic.

Yet, it seems Mr. Bush might've been unclear about this at one point.

The New York Times obtained his 2009 Florida voter registration form that shows Bush marked 'Hispanic' in the field labeled "race/ethnicity."

Bush was born in Texas to parents George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush -- who are both Caucasian.

7 PHOTOS
Jeb and George Bush through the years
See Gallery
Jeb Bush marked 'Hispanic' on 2009 voter registration form
President George Bush chats with brother Gov. Jeb Bush as they acknowledge cheering supporters at a fundraiser for the Republican Party of Florida at the Contemporary Resort at Disney World in Orlando, Florida, Friday, February 17, 2006. (Photo by Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/MCT via Getty Images)
MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, UNITED STATES: US President George W. Bush (R) reaches out to shake hands with his brother Florida Governor Jeb Bush (L) shortly after Air Force One arrived at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, 09 May 2006. AFP Photo/Paul J. Richards (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
Washington, UNITED STATES: US President George W. Bush (L) looks on as his brother Florida Governor Jeb Bush speaks 19 April, 2006. Governor Bush was among several governors who met with the president after an Easter trip to Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait. AFP PHOTO/Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
President George Bush (left) and brother Gov. Jeb Bush acknowledge cheering supporters at a fundraiser for the Republican Party of Florida at the Contemporary Resort at Disney World in Orlando, Florida, Friday, February 17, 2006. (Photo by Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/MCT via Getty Images)
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - OCTOBER 19: U.S. President George W. Bush (L) and his brother Florida Governor Jeb Bush (R) smile while greeting supporters during a campaign rally at Progress Energy Park October 19, 2004 in St. Petersburg, Florida. Recent polls indicate Bush is maintaining a slight lead over his Democratic challenger U.S. Sen. John Kerry (D-MA). (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 22: Jeb Bush is seen at Salt Lake City Airport on January 22, 2015 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by JOCE/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

A spokeswoman for the presidential hopeful didn't offer an explain to the Times as to why he marked his voter registration form that way.

There is little doubt that Bush will be able to appeal to Hispanic voters in his future campaign. He received 61 percent of their votes in 1998 when he became governor of Florida and almost that many for re-election in 2002.

Candidates have caused damage to their own campaigns by making similar mistakes before.

You might remember Elizabeth Warren's run for Senate in Massachusetts in 2012 when she said she was Native American without any proof. She still won the election but critics claimed she misrepresented herself for personal gain.

However, a poll revealed that voters didn't give much thought to her ethnic background.

As for Bush's future with Hispanic voters, The New York Times says it's not likely voters will hold this against him either.

More in the news:
Jenna Bush Hager expecting second child in August
Czech president bans U.S. ambassador from Prague Castle
Prince Harry meets Australian public on start of army trip
Read Full Story

Sign up for Breaking News by AOL to get the latest breaking news alerts and updates delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.