Washington (CNN) – As former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush considers a possible presidential run, he met Friday with one of the nation’s most prominent evangelical leaders - Russell Moore, head of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, the policy branch of the Southern Baptist Convention, CNN has learned.
No details were available.
The meeting had been expected.“We’ll talk about the concerns of evangelicals,” Moore told the Washington Post last month when it first reported the session was going to take place at Bush’s office. “He is a good man, and I am not surprised there is a lot of conversation about him.”
One issue the two likely discussed was immigration reform, which both are pushing. Moore, along with Ralph Reed of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, wrote a March op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, saying there should be no special pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants already in the U.S. but those seeking citizenship should “take their place behind those who have begun that process” by admitting their wrongdoing, pay fines and back taxes and demonstrate their ability to support themselves.
“We also must remember that every individual is created in the image of God and precious in his sight,” they wrote.
Bush drew some conservative fire when he said last month of illegal immigrants, “Yes, they broke the law, but it’s not a felony. It’s an act of love. It’s an act of commitment to your family. I honestly think that that is a different kind of crime, that there should be a price paid, but it shouldn’t rile people up that people are actually coming to this country to provide to their families.”
Moore has said he is not planning on endorsing any presidential candidate but will meet with those who want to sit down with him.