Two potential GOP White House hopefuls join forces
April 4th, 2014
12:04 PM ET
4 months ago

Two potential GOP White House hopefuls join forces

(CNN) - Jeb Bush and Bobby Jindal are teaming up.

The former Florida governor and the current Louisiana governor, who are both considered possible 2016 GOP presidential contenders, appear together in a new television commercial that promotes NewRepublican.org.

The organization was formed just over a year ago, following the 2012 election defeats, by a group of Republican veterans to refocus the party's messaging and policy goals, in an attempt to broaden the GOP's appeal beyond its traditional demographic base.

The group confirms to CNN that the ad will premiere this weekend on some of the Sunday talk shows.

"If you believe that every parent ought to be able to choose their child's school, and that the economy should be driven from the bottom up, not the top down from Washington, then you're thinking like a new Republican," says Bush in the ad.

"If you don't think the Republican party should be the party of big government, big business, or big anything, you're thinking like new Republican," adds Jindal.

Alex Castellanos, a veteran GOP strategist and CNN contributor, who was the driving force behind the group's creation last year, says that "our intent is to be disruptive and begin spreading the word that GOP principles are good for more than saying 'no' and telling people what they can't do. Our mission is to inform people that there is an optimistic, forward looking GOP out there with ideas, arguments and policies that everyone, including young voters, women, and hispanics can rally around and embrace!"

Castellanos says he hopes to run more TV commercials as the 2016 race heats up.

The ad was first reported by Politico.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report


Filed under: 2016 • Alex Castellanos • Bobby Jindal • Jeb Bush
soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. don in albuquerque

    Absolutely elect Jeb, and just like Dan and Bro he will take you places you have never been to kill people you have never met.

    April 4, 2014 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  2. Gurgyl

    Both are plain idiots. Peeyush needs nutrition– he is mal-nutritious.

    April 4, 2014 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  3. Gop USa

    Piyosh Jindal and Bush both pander to illegal Mexicans and are sellouts to the American Worker and Taxpayer, we need to elect a gop that will deport the Illegal Mexicans that steal from the American Worker and Taxpayer, any politician that panders to Latinos and illegal Mexicans are sellouts and should be booted.....

    April 4, 2014 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  4. don in albuquerque

    Should have been "Dad" not "Dan". Apologies--fat fingers.

    April 4, 2014 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  5. Vence

    No immigration reform from your party. No hispanic vote!

    April 4, 2014 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  6. The Republican Party Is Dead To Me

    If this is the best the GOP has to offer, they'd be better served to just stay home. What a backward looking lot they are.

    April 4, 2014 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  7. Vence

    No immigration reform from your party. No Hispanic vote period!

    April 4, 2014 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  8. Thomas

    Definition of Insanity..

    Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result .

    April 5, 2014 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  9. just me

    Translation time. Every parent should be able to choose their childs' school. In plain english: we wanna gut public ed by using your tax dollars to prop up private religios charter schools with vouchers. And don't tell anyone, but a big chunk of that dough is going to the parents who are already sending their kids there and don't need the help.

    April 5, 2014 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  10. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Can't wait to see Alex,Rove,Sheldon Adelson and Grover Norquist stuff Jeb Bush down the tea party's throats 2012 Mitt Romney style.

    April 5, 2014 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  11. SGT Rock101

    Where was all that thinking in 2007? Oh, oh, oh my, it was THAT thinking that caused the 2nd Great Depression in American history. Thank God democrats stopped that depression before it destroyed the world's economies.

    April 5, 2014 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  12. republiderp

    "and that the economy should be driven from the bottom up, not the top down from Washington"

    Sorry, but what they really want is an economy driving the dollars from the bottom up. They are nothing more than the next generation of supply side economic muppets.

    April 5, 2014 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  13. SGT Rock101

    Putin-Palin strong decisive leadership for 2016. Gullianni approved.

    April 5, 2014 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  14. Name jk. Sfl. THE KOCH BROTHERS GOP STOOGES PARTY NEEDS to be VOTED OUT IN NOVEMBER !!!!

    The GOP HAS NO White House hopefuls !!!

    April 5, 2014 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  15. Pete

    Great,the guy that bought his brother a presidencial election and a guy who saw a seizure victim and thought he was possessed enough to get a priest..Boy what a combo..Both are delushional and both can't walk and chew gum at the same time..Well maybe they are a match made in political heaven,only an out of touch republican can know for sure..

    April 5, 2014 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  16. Marie MD

    Jeb, stand your ground gov from Florida, and the one from LA who still thinks his party is not full of stupid.
    Quite the duo – – – – – LOL

    April 5, 2014 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  17. Pablo695

    What a line of crap. Went to the "NEW GOP" website and everything listed is a 1-1 mapping to the standard OLD GOP web site. Made me think of Pete Townsend from the Who – "Meet the new boss, same as the old boss". Same old crap sandwich, new shinny wrapper. Don't change anything; just PRETEND your changing...

    If the GOP really wants to drive the country from "the bottom up", as they claim. they should ban ALL big business and defense contractor lobbyists, and refuse any political fund raising or contributions from the same crowd. Work on helping those at the bottom. The odds of the "New GOP" actually doing that? Same as the OLD GOP – ZERO!

    April 5, 2014 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  18. Neutral Observer

    Reading this, I would use the following analogy to summarize CNN's reporting. As a Boston sports fan, it would be like a Boston sports writer stating in an article directed to Miami fans, "oh why be worried about resigning that Lebron guy, I think your best shot would be going after Kevin Garnet. In otherwords, CNN is advocating two complete losers

    April 5, 2014 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  19. mike

    do nothing republicans have nothing to run on

    April 5, 2014 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  20. polite centrist

    "If you don't think the Republican party should be the party of big government, big business, or big anything, you're thinking like new Republican," adds Jindal.

    Sounds like they should be Libertarians. The Republican party has been big government and/or big business for quite a few decades now.

    April 5, 2014 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  21. emskadittle

    wow that's a real "dream" team, why does jeb think we have forgotten his brother? he was the one that fixed the election on florida

    April 5, 2014 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  22. CraigM

    So what are these new idea??

    April 6, 2014 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  23. WilliamYarbrough

    Bye bye Bobby. Anyone who would team up with Baby Bush on anything is incorrigible. NO MORE BUSHES.

    April 6, 2014 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  24. rrjkr

    The GOP has real opportunity to attract independent voters. All they need is a complete makeover. I don't see that happening here

    April 6, 2014 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  25. Boat 12

    Hahahaha!

    April 6, 2014 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |