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


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  1. Lynda/Minnesota

    @ Dominican mama:

    "That last name is a lot to get over no matter how sensible this one sounds."

    Nationally, yes. But, I'm with smith on this all the way. In GOPerville, the Bush name still brings respect. It's also helped that GW has generally stayed away from politics.

    This not to say Jeb would win nationally. However, the Grand Old Party is split; and before it fractures even further, a relatively more moderate DOES have to step up to the plate else the GOP becomes nothing BUT extremists bellowing to and fro.

    The TeaParty mania was useful to the GOP up to a point. Beyond 2014, they will lose their notoriety and their influence within the party. A split party cannot govern ... as we have witnessed this past 6 years.

    Look what its brought to America: Ted Cruz. Sarah Palin. Chris Christie. Paul Ryan. Rand Paul. These are not folks interested in improving America. Self centered to be sure. But, not viable.

    2016 (IMHO) will be back to basics for the GOP. It is a message Jeb can carry in GOPerville.

    March 28, 2014 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    "democrats plan: disband the border patrol, repeal/disregard all immigration laws, you get here you're a citizen. fly, walk, swim, take bus, get here and stop by the local 7-11 for your drive thru american passport. "

    I see. Is that why the bipartisan immigration reform legislation from the Senate that the Dems in the House very much want to vote on and pass contains provisions for DOUBLING the number of agents on the border, $3B for building a "danged fence" and a whole bunch of other "border security" improvements? Your deliberate ignorance is on full display.

    March 28, 2014 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    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.
    -------------------------------------------------
    smith If that were true they would've dragged out "W" to the Republican Convention as it has traditionally been done.,and not fill it with stand-ins like Condi and Christie.
    Additionally they would've had "W" out campaigning with Mittens. Lord knows he could've used the boost in votes from the GOP voting block you're referencing.
    But the fact is that they decided to forgo bringing out the man or much less mentioning his name because of the damage that that would've done to Mittens already hemorrhaging campaign.
    I think that the name Bush means mud these days...and I voted for him once, may God forgive me.

    March 28, 2014 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    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.
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    FACT: Christie was written off by conservatives following Sandy, and was blamed for Romney's loss. You're denying reality.
    FACT: Jeb was responsible for successfully getting GWB past the Florida recount. He's tainted.
    FACT: Rand Paul's reputation on social issues puts him into the "self-checked" category. He takes shots, but he misses.

    March 28, 2014 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  5. Gunderson

    Well Sorry!,
    Old Gunderson got his. You want get rich you have go get it. Nobody hand to you. 90 percent Rich worked for it. Even the Kennedy's got it from old man who some say was Bootlegger. Mebbe some of you need be tested dementia, no? You want seperate rich from money. No can do. They move all money off shore where liberal's can't steal it. Dementia? You get test. Maybe you get rich like Bushes, no?

    March 28, 2014 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  6. emskadittle

    really another bush? that is their solution? the guy that fixed the election Florida so his brother could win? The republicans have truly lost their minds

    March 28, 2014 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Lynda/Minnesota

    @ Dominican mama:

    "That last name is a lot to get over no matter how sensible this one sounds."

    Nationally, yes. But, I'm with smith on this all the way. In GOPerville, the Bush name still brings respect. It's also helped that GW has generally stayed away from politics.

    This not to say Jeb would win nationally.
    -------------------------------------------------
    Okay so what you and smith are saying is that he might be their nominee because of the weight his name carries BUT that very same name would not help him win nationally?
    If that's what you're saying then why pick him to begin with babe...?
    (Well I guess they gotta pick somebody).

    March 28, 2014 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  8. What's in that Tea Anyway?

    @Gunderson,

    I was thinking your modest intellect was just an act / a shtick, but you are actually that soft in the head huh? Will wonders ever cease. If the GOP doesn't have the elderly, the intolerant / hateful short memory crew, heck , they don't have a base or a political party for that matter.

    March 28, 2014 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  9. Peace

    There is no way Jeb Bush can become President. Everyone of us can do this experiment: Ask anyone whether in your household or at work while you are busy doing anything, he/she comes up and shout loudly Bush, Bush, Bush. Try to figure out what person strikes immediately to your brain as soon as you hear the name BUSH. It is not he elder man (Bush senior), it is not former Governor of Florida, it comes straight Bush "W". This is what is going to happen once Jeb Bush name is on any ballot come 2016.

    March 28, 2014 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  10. Denise

    The only way this clown could beat the DEM ticket would be if yet another sibling was governor of a large state. Oh, and when that plan fails, the party of state government could always go running back to the right wing nut jobs on USSC.

    March 28, 2014 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  11. Winning

    It is entertaining to watch Gunderson questioning the intelligence of others lol.

    March 28, 2014 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    This is all idle speculation because I am bored out of my gourd but I think that while Jeb may be brought in to give GOPerville (like my friend Lynda refers to them) a much needed make-over, and bring unity to their dwindling numbers, I still don't believe we've seen who they will actually give the nod, er, nomination to come 2016.
    I'm just ruminating out loud here, can't say that I really care though.

    March 28, 2014 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  13. smith

    @Rudy-Chris Matthew said because of Sandy Obama won, which is untrue. Mitt was out of touch with voters just like Kerry in 2004. Your conspiracy theories about the 2000 election mean nothing to the GOP voting block (anybody with a brain knows that Nader took away Gore votes in Florida).

    March 28, 2014 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "Old Gunderson got his. You want get rich you have go get it. Nobody hand to you. 90 percent Rich worked for it. Even the Kennedy's got it from old man who some say was Bootlegger. Mebbe some of you need be tested dementia, no? You want seperate rich from money. No can do. They move all money off shore where liberal's can't steal it. Dementia? You get test. Maybe you get rich like Bushes, no?"

    Baby talk for baby thoughts. How fitting.

    March 28, 2014 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  15. Lynda/Minnesota

    @Dominican mama:

    "If that's what you're saying then why pick him to begin with babe...?"

    My reasoning is two-fold:

    #1. There is a whole NEW generation of Bush's coming of age. Respect for the family name is paramount to the GOP and the Bush family. Jeb can bring back respect (to a point) nationally by "taking it for the team".

    #2. The TeaPer influence needs to be gotten rid of in the GOP. Jeb Bush can tackle that little dilemma as well because HE IS still respected within the party.

    #3. I have no doubt that the GOP is (behind closed doors) extremely weary of the infighting. Again, Jeb brings a saneness that has been lacking throughout the GOP ... including moderates ... for the past two decades.

    #4. Never underestimate the power of GOP insiders.

    All this being said ... I could very well be wrong. It's been awhile since I've supported the GOP.

    March 28, 2014 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    Silence DoGood wrote:

    ".... ... ... Is conspiracy theories all the conservatives have to argue their case?"
    ----------------------------------
    It does seems to be the standard M.O. They even do it to one another. It's the driving force behind their purity tests and thought police. People must be closely examined, and cleansed of all impurities.

    Witness the 2012 Republican debates. Remember Perry suggesting that Romney had illegals working on his property? Remember when they had asked would they accept a bill with a 10:1, spending cuts to revenue, ratio?

    March 28, 2014 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  17. Gurgyl

    This guy is not a threat to democrats....bush tarnish this national image. Simple. Pretty pathetic.

    March 28, 2014 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  18. smith

    @DM4O-At this point, I don`t think it really matters who the GOP goes with. To win in 2016 would be huge upset and not likely to happend. Just my two cents.

    March 28, 2014 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  19. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ Lynda MInnesota
    My reasoning is two-fold:....
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    It was actually four-fold babe, LOL!
    I understand your reasons. I agree with some of them.
    I guess we will find out soon enough...yes my friend?

    March 28, 2014 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  20. Rusty Krus

    @Google The Bush Family
    You'll find out why you should never vote for another Bush.

    Nothing really there to change the minds of Republicans. Just little hiccups like supporting the Nazi's in WW 2. Trying to overthrow President Roosevelt in a coup. Coordinating the Bay of Pigs debacle. Assassinating President Kennedy. Watergate involvement. The Iraq War lie. You know, things that any wholesome, patriotic American family would do.

    March 28, 2014 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  21. ThinkAgain: Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    Jeb is running – and lying low and being a good little lap dog, just like Mittens before him.

    And just like with Mittens, a majority of Americans will NOT fall for his BS and support for gop/tea bag economic, military and foreign policies, all of which are PROVEN FAILURES.

    March 28, 2014 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  22. jim

    @Gunderson ....

    "Probably some good ones but not stoopid enough to run."

    How hysterical!!! True Republican!! They are all so "stoopid"!!!!

    Still laughing!!!! Made my Friday!!! Gunderson – a flea has a larger brain than you!!!

    Vote Republican, and have a stoopid President!!!

    Ha Ha Ha Ha Ho Ho Ho!!!

    Thank you!!!

    March 28, 2014 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  23. Rudy NYC

    smith

    @Rudy-Chris Matthew said because of Sandy Obama won, which is untrue. Mitt was out of touch with voters just like Kerry in 2004. Your conspiracy theories about the 2000 election mean nothing to the GOP voting block (anybody with a brain knows that Nader took away Gore votes in Florida).
    ------------------------------–
    I don't think Chris Mattews said anything of that kind. He was too busy pointing out Romney's falling poll numbers following the false and misleading Jeep ad that the campaign had released and erroneously stood behind. Fox News hosts and guests repeatedly blamed Romney's loss on the "Obama Hug", and Christie for it. They were livid over it.

    I'm not pushing conspiracy theories. The actions of Bush and his Sec'y of State are a matter of record. What does Nader being in the race have to do with counting the ballots? You're dismissing Gore for truly atrocious, but not surprising, reasons.

    March 28, 2014 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  24. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    smith

    @DM4O-At this point, I don`t think it really matters who the GOP goes with. To win in 2016 would be huge upset and not likely to happend. Just my two cents
    -------------------------------------------------
    ...Add my two cents to yours and we've got nothing smith! LOL!
    I just can't bring myself to care enough about who that half of the equation is going to bring in or leave out.
    I didn't care in 2012 either but I must say that the amount of laughter that that particular clown car brought into my life was priceless!
    I'm just hoping for a repeat in 2016.
    Thanks for shooting the bull with me smith. Enjoy your Law and Order.

    March 28, 2014 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  25. Lynda/Minnesota

    @ Dominica mama:

    "It was actually four-fold babe, LOL!"

    Yeah. I got carried away with my musings ... !

    And also too I'm with you in the "not caring" column.

    March 28, 2014 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
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