Jeb Bush gets good reception from top GOP donors
March 28th, 2014
10:41 AM ET
6 months ago

Jeb Bush gets good reception from top GOP donors

(CNN) – Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush spoke about foreign policy and the economic importance of immigration reform to a group of some of the most prominent Republican fund-raisers Thursday evening in Las Vegas, several attendees told CNN. Bush addressed a private, VIP dinner of major supporters of the Republican Jewish Coalition kicking off the group's spring meeting.

"He was passionate on the economic importance of immigration reform," an attendee told CNN. Bush has repeatedly pushed for action on immigration in the last couple of years.

During the question and answer session one person told Bush he should run for President in 2016. He said "I'm going to ignore that one," according to one attendee. He turned it aside with a smile saying he had not decided and then pivoted to what policies were needed in the country, according to a separate source. Bush has said publicly he has not made his mind up about whether to seek the GOP nomination and will make a decision by the end of the year.

Some Republican fund-raisers before the event had told CNN Bush's decision to speak was significant and his address was seen as a key test. One source said Bush's address was well-received. Bush is well-known among many of these donors because of his two terms as Florida governor as well as because of the relationships built by his father and brother while they were in the White House.

About 60-70 people attended the dinner which was held in a large, private airport hangar used by Republican mega-donor and Nevada casino owner Sheldon Adelson, who hosted the event along with his wife. Adelson is one of the RJC's most prominent backers and one of the richest men in the world. Adelson did not speak at the dinner.

The sources asked not to be identified further because the event was closed to the press.

Several other possible contenders for the Republican presidential nomination – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will speak Saturday at the event as they hope to build some support if they decide to run.


Filed under: 2016 • Jeb Bush • Sheldon Adelson
soundoff (56 Responses)
  1. salty dog

    Run Jeb run, recent poll said 85% would not vote for a bush, next! The more I think about it, the more I realize how the gop has no sane choices, Cruz, please! Randy, doubtful, Christie, his gig is up, people know you can't govern like that nationally. Gop governors, not with the BS they've been pulling, settle in Hilary, you've got eight years.

    March 28, 2014 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  2. Ward Cleaver

    Not a chance Jeb. Thank your Big Brother for ruining our country and your chances to be POTUS!

    March 28, 2014 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  3. smith

    I got a feeling this might be the person for the GOP in 2016. I doubt Christie can recover and Rand Paul will come up short to overcome the Bush legacy.

    March 28, 2014 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  4. Tampa Tim

    I think Jeb is the preferred choice of billionaires, but, voters, not so much.

    March 28, 2014 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  5. Al-NY,NY

    just say no to Jethro

    March 28, 2014 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    @ smith

    I agree. I'm putting my money on Jeb. He's all set to take one for the "team". They've got no else if they want to keep the party viable.

    March 28, 2014 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  7. rs

    No surprise. Mr. Bush is sane- something I am not sure we can say about many of the other GOP contenders at this point. It will be curious to see how the GOP papers over the S & L crisis years... what is it about the Bushes and their recessions?

    March 28, 2014 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  8. Gunderson

    Eh,
    So who democrats have next election? It appears they have Hillary and Joe. Who else? Probably some good ones but not stoopid enough to run. Now look at who the Republicans have. Lots of good applicants. Then look at the current adminstration and all their smashing sucesses. You get the picture.

    March 28, 2014 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  9. Gurgyl

    This nation can not afford another Bush idiot. Enough of those crooks.

    March 28, 2014 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  10. Sniffit

    "new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that indicated a 30% increase in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in children in America, from one in 88 children having autism two years ago to one in 68 now."

    Have they tested Jeb yet? Lord knows Dubya was a shining example.

    Anyhoo...I want to see a statistical study analyzing how much of this increase is related to the switch from a definition of autism that's a dichotomy, i.e., either you have it or you don't, to one that is a "spectrum," i.e., even the slightest hints of unexplainable behavioral and developmental issues (within some parameters) can now receive the label as a sort of go-to backup diagnosis for the puzzled doctor who has no other explanation.

    Think of it this way: if you cast a bigger net, you catch more fish. Is that evidence that the population of fish increased? I want to know if that's partly the logic fail we're seeing here.

    March 28, 2014 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  11. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House

    Foreign policy and the name Bush do not belong in the same sentence.

    March 28, 2014 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  12. Jan Nappylotto

    Hate Democracy? Vote in Dynasties.

    No More Clinton's!
    No More Bushes!
    No More Dynasties!

    March 28, 2014 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  13. sonny chapman

    Around 2006, when things really went south for W(Iraq, Katrina, Start of Great Recession), Old Man Bush, whom I respect(except for ALLOWING W to skip Vietnam via TX Air Nat. Guard) broke down & cried in Public. He realized that the Son that COULD have been a Good POTUS would never get that chance because of the Son that NEVER should have been POTUS.

    March 28, 2014 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  14. Tampa Tim

    Next up for the billionaires, Uncle Sugar, followed by self exonerated Krispy, and welfare cheat, Paul Ryan. Quite a list to throw billions of dollars at.

    March 28, 2014 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  15. Fair is Fair

    Sniffit

    "new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that indicated a 30% increase in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in children in America, from one in 88 children having autism two years ago to one in 68 now."

    Have they tested Jeb yet? Lord knows Dubya was a shining example.

    Anyhoo...I want to see a statistical study analyzing how much of this increase is related to the switch from a definition of autism that's a dichotomy, i.e., either you have it or you don't, to one that is a "spectrum," i.e., even the slightest hints of unexplainable behavioral and developmental issues (within some parameters) can now receive the label as a sort of go-to backup diagnosis for the puzzled doctor who has no other explanation.

    Think of it this way: if you cast a bigger net, you catch more fish. Is that evidence that the population of fish increased? I want to know if that's partly the logic fail we're seeing here.
    --------–
    There's no doubt whatsoever. It's actually much more "partly" than you might imagine. Still, even taking that into consideration, there's a marked increase in occurance. Finding out why will take years, if not decades.

    March 28, 2014 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  16. Silence DoGood

    @Sniffit
    "new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that indicated a 30% increase in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in children in America, from one in 88 children having autism two years ago to one in 68 now."

    Have they tested Jeb yet? Lord knows Dubya was a shining example.

    Anyhoo...I want to see a statistical study analyzing how much of this increase is related to the switch from a definition of autism that's a dichotomy, i.e., either you have it or you don't, to one that is a "spectrum," i.e., even the slightest hints of unexplainable behavioral and developmental issues (within some parameters) can now receive the label as a sort of go-to backup diagnosis for the puzzled doctor who has no other explanation.

    Think of it this way: if you cast a bigger net, you catch more fish. Is that evidence that the population of fish increased? I want to know if that's partly the logic fail we're seeing here.
    ---------–
    The report I saw explicitly puts forth the notion that increased reporting is the reason.
    Very poor reporting on this – it spun up people for no reason. And resurrected old conspiracy theories.
    Basic statistics should be required in school!

    Another example: I hear periodically about the end of the world or something bad because of historically increased earthquake activity recorded in our modern age. That is because we have modern instruments that can record every quake on the planet which we could not do before. There are not more earthquakes, just more and better reporting.

    March 28, 2014 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  17. Rudy NYC

    smith wrote:

    I got a feeling this might be the person for the GOP in 2016. I doubt Christie can recover and Rand Paul will come up short to overcome the Bush legacy.
    ----------------------
    Christie recover? Christie was written off by the base following Sandy. He'll do as well as Huntsman or Guiliani.
    Rand Paul overcome Bush? Rand Paul doesn't have to overcome the Bush legacy. Jeb does. Rand Paul is "self checked."

    March 28, 2014 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  18. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Jeb Bush Gets Good Reception From Top GOP Donors
    -------------------------------------------------
    Proving once again that when you have no one you welcome everyone.

    March 28, 2014 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  19. Tampa Tim

    From an earlier post, a right wingnut complained about not getting all the details of Benghazzi. For the record, Fox reported 85 times that there was a "stand down" order issued. Fact checking reveals there was no such order given. Everything that Fox continues to throw out just inflames their rabid followers, but is short of reality.

    March 28, 2014 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  20. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    smith

    I got a feeling this might be the person for the GOP in 2016. I doubt Christie can recover and Rand Paul will come up short to overcome the Bush legacy
    -------------------------------------------------
    He certainly doesn't come across as "disconnected' as what they've been parading in front of us so far, but I don't know smith and Lynda.
    The handicap inherent in his last name is nothing to be so easily overcome.
    His brother, the one he helped make President, is still painting pictures underground and out of sight.
    He is being kept hidden like that crazy uncle that molested somebody in the family....
    That last name is a lot to get over no matter how sensible this one sounds.
    IMHO.

    March 28, 2014 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  21. 2_indy1600

    Well we know the democrats have a woman who was fired from her first job for being a liar, a fraud, and generally useless, that would be Hillarity. Bush has a burden of a different sort, and he's smart. Still looking for a good candidate without a D or R behind the name. Overall, Jeb's Mother was probably correct: no more Bush's or Clinton's.

    March 28, 2014 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  22. smith

    @Rudy-First, Christie was never written off by the GOP voting block, his poll numbers were excellent(before the scandal) considering the turmoil in the GOP. Second, Just because liberals think GWB was the devil deosn`t change the fact that the family has a strong following by the GOP voting block. Last, R. Paul just doesn`t have enough faith from the typical GOP voter.

    March 28, 2014 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  23. Malory Archer

    Sniffit

    "new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that indicated a 30% increase in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in children in America, from one in 88 children having autism two years ago to one in 68 now."

    Have they tested Jeb yet? Lord knows Dubya was a shining example.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    I dunno – in the previous occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue's case, my money's on fetal alcohol syndrome.

    March 28, 2014 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  24. rs

    Rudy NYC

    smith wrote:

    I got a feeling this might be the person for the GOP in 2016. I doubt Christie can recover and Rand Paul will come up short to overcome the Bush legacy.
    --------
    Christie recover? Christie was written off by the base following Sandy. He'll do as well as Huntsman or Guiliani.
    Rand Paul overcome Bush? Rand Paul doesn't have to overcome the Bush legacy. Jeb does. Rand Paul is "self checked."
    __________________________
    Christie is perfectly viable among GOP voters. The problem will be the "I-am-a-crazier-RWNJ-than-you" primary season the GOP will inflict on itself, and the conference/meetings schedule that will force all of these guys into ever nuttier political positions and statements. The GOP will ultimately pick someone- but maybe not someone sane.

    Unless, of course, they kill off the Birthers and the TEA Party first.

    March 28, 2014 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  25. Silence DoGood

    @2_indy1600
    Well we know the democrats have a woman who was fired from her first job for being a liar, a fraud, and generally useless, that would be Hillarity.
    --------–
    ding ding ding – we have a possible Conspiracy Theory of the Day winner! One guy, Zeifman consultant to a member of the Judiciary Committee that attempted to impeach President Bill Clinton, floated this story and there has been NO corroboration or proof. But it has been re-puffed by Rush and others so tin foil hats will run long and hard with it.

    Is conspiracy theories all the conservatives have to argue their case?

    March 28, 2014 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
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