Jeb Bush picks up political activity
March 18th, 2014
06:28 PM ET
9 months ago

Jeb Bush picks up political activity

Washington (CNN) – As former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush considers whether to enter the Republican presidential sweepstakes, he is lending his powerful name to an increasingly busy schedule of fundraisers and events for candidates seeking re-election.

Bush, who raised money for the Republican National Committee last month, will appear with Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam at a business leaders’ forum on education reform Wednesday and then headlines a fundraiser for Sen. Lamar Alexander that evening in Nashville. Both Haslam and Alexander are running for re-election.

Bush will try to help the GOP keep control of the House of Representatives when he appears at an event for the National Republican Congressional Committee Sunday in Dallas to help increase its coffers. The next day there he is co-hosting a Globalization of Higher Education conference. Education reform is one of Bush's major priorities.

One of the keynote speakers at the Dallas event will be former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton - who could end up being his opponent in 2016 if both decide to seek their party's presidential nominations and then end up winning those contests.

Next Wednesday he will travel to New Mexico to attend two fundraisers for first term Gov. Susana Martinez and then will head to Las Vegas where later in the week he will help raise money for Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval and appear at an event for the influential Republican Jewish Coalition.

If Bush does seek the nomination, lending this type of support can turn out to be very helpful as one tries to build a network of allies to support a candidacy.

Last month during an appearance at New York's Long Island Association, Bush repeated his timetable for when he will make a decision whether to seek the Republican presidential nomination telling the audience: "at the end of the year."

In a CNN/ORC poll released earlier this month Bush came in fifth in a hypothetical match-up with other potential GOP candidates. Sen. Rand Paul came in first followed narrowly by House Budget Chairman and 2012 Vice Presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan.


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soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. Tampa Tim

    Here he comes, one of Florida's nightmares.

    March 18, 2014 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  2. Jan Nappylotto

    Save and Protect America's democracy... No more Bush's. No more Clinton's.
    No more Dynasties!

    March 18, 2014 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  3. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    The debt ceiling was just the start. Can't wait to see Grover Norquist and the GOBP stuff Jeb Bush down the tea potty's throats 2012 Mitt the twit style.

    March 18, 2014 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  4. Pander Bear

    You'll never be President Jebster. You're just not crazy enough to survive the GOP primaries.

    March 18, 2014 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  5. REX

    If Edwin Edwards were to run for Congress in Florida or Texas,Jeb could vote for him while Edwin wouldn't be able to vote for himself as a convicted felon.

    March 18, 2014 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  6. Chris-E...al

    Jeb bush should respect his mothers wishes and Hillary should listen to the voices in her head ? And do us great favor . I call you both soon ! ha ! not . . .

    March 18, 2014 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  7. Gurgyl

    No new Bush, read my lips.

    March 18, 2014 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  8. J Anthony

    We can no longer abide plutocratic dynasties in this country. Republican voters, if you care about the future of this country, you must start anew. The same goes for Democrats and their Clintons. Unless both parties are unchained from the plutocracy/private interests that own them, nothing will change.

    March 18, 2014 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  9. Rogue351

    Another Bush after what the first one did to this country, are you insane? Enough damage was not done the first time around ? Wars, market crash, attacked on our own soil, really are you insane ?

    March 18, 2014 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  10. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Sorry Jeb, big bro destroyed any chance of you becoming POTUS. Take it up with him.

    March 18, 2014 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  11. 1twinsfan

    I guess Jeb didn't get the memo. Brother George has soured the US on the Bush family for a couple of generations.

    March 18, 2014 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  12. American Worker

    Why would we want another Elitist Progressive Social Supremacist for President?

    We already have the ills from his fathers 'New World Order' mandate in his SOTU speech.
    And all the following Presidents imposing their Social Doctrines via Legislation and Executive Orders/Fatwas.

    March 18, 2014 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  13. don in albuquerque

    Bush I–War, Bush II–Two Wars (both the longest in American history, not to mention a destroyed economy). Don't even want to think what the smirky faced little Bush III might have up his sleeve. No way, no time.

    March 18, 2014 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  14. just wondering

    oh my god... I hope there isn't a Goober Bush somewhere

    March 18, 2014 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  15. The Republican Party Is Dead To Me

    Most curs attract fleas. What's your point.

    March 18, 2014 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  16. Thomas

    Te third times the charm !

    March 19, 2014 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  17. Rogue351

    America what are you thinking ? Another Bush in the White House ? Need I remind you of the last Bush in the White House – America attacked on our own soil, on the watch of a Bush. A "Recession" that literally wiped out millions of peoples chance for retirement. Two wars one of which was a personal vendetta for Bush himself. Violations of human rights that rival China. More jobs shipped over seas than any other time in history. Voter fraud in Florida "Jeb". These are but a few of the stellar accomplishments brought to you by Bush. Now you want to back yet another one, really ? Are you people insane ?

    March 19, 2014 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  18. jo mama

    No more dynasties.This is America.No bushes and no clintons!

    March 19, 2014 05:16 am at 5:16 am |
  19. brutaltruth

    Moderate republicans loose. No more Bush's in the White House. Enough with the legacy stuff. Time for new blood that is not a RINO.

    March 19, 2014 06:09 am at 6:09 am |
  20. Marie MD

    Good luck dummy. Listen to your mother. We don't need or want another shrub in the WH. The two previous ones did enough harm to last decades!

    March 19, 2014 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  21. wise guy

    Didn't the last poll say 85% would never vote for him, is it not a waste of time, polls are kinda meaningless, but 85%, not the least bit surprised though

    March 19, 2014 06:30 am at 6:30 am |
  22. Get Real

    Jeb DO NOT RUN, it would be a WASTE of TIME and $$$ with all the short-minded people that would bring up your brother and your dad. TRUST ME

    March 19, 2014 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  23. A. J.Perea

    THE INCONVENIENT TRUTH: Why doesn't the national press ask Mr. Jeb Bush to comment on his signature NRA Stand Your Ground legislation that he signed into law as Governor in Florida? His law that legalizes killing of black youth by anyone merely claiming they were scared! Ask him how its working out? Since he wants to be a national leaders, why has he been so silent?

    March 19, 2014 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  24. What's in that Tea Anyway?

    @Just sayin, Tom, Fair/Fair, Rick Mc ..and the other usual Faux news triumphant

    I honest hope the "Jebster" will run for the GOP nod. Of course America is not stupid enough to put another GOP president in office, but the important thing with lil Jeb running, its possible your "length of an ant's memory" could return to the fact GOP president's have been utter failures since Herbert Hoover and no...Obama didn't cause the Great Recession and has done yeomen's work bringing this country back from the disaster Jeb's big brother created, and with nothing but insults and complaints from the angry GOP/Tea crowd. If you guys spend the next three democratic presidencies criticizing same, then you'll do it from the Nursing homes.

    March 19, 2014 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  25. Gurgyl

    GOP is totally dead, not even a fool will ever support this most obstruction party of "NO".

    March 19, 2014 07:43 am at 7:43 am |