Jeb Bush declared on "America's Newsroom" that he is going to be the Republican nominee in 2016.

Asked by Bill Hemmer whether he's satisfied with his current standing in the race, Bush said he believes he'll come out on top. 

"I'm excited about where we are and I know where we're going. I'm gonna be the Republican nominee and I cannot wait to take it to Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders or whoever it is," said Bush. 

In the latest RealClearPolitics polling average, Bush is in third nationally, with close to 8% support. But he trails Donald Trump by more than 20 points and Ben Carson by 12. 

Bush got into it with Trump at the debate, including calling on him to apologize for a comment about his Mexican-born wife.

Trump previously claimed that Bush's immigration policies won't be as tough because his wife is from Mexico. 

Trump refused to offer an apology, arguing that he said nothing wrong. 

Bush said this morning that Trump is not going to get elected by "disparaging" the families of his opponents. 

"I think it would have been smart for him to apologize, but look it's Donald Trump. What can I tell ya?"