Jeb Bush meets with influential evangelical leader
May 2nd, 2014
06:11 PM ET
4 months ago

Jeb Bush meets with influential evangelical leader

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.


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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Lisa P.

    Call me when he meets with the SBC's Separation of Church and State Commission - that would be something worth reading about. Until then Jeb Bush is just another hypocritical, pandering, un-American GOPper, as far as I'm concerned.

    May 2, 2014 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  2. don in albuquerque

    I wonder if Jesus would be proud of Jeb and his family--from the present to going waaaaaay back. Kinda doubt it.

    May 2, 2014 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  3. Silence DoGood

    I would be more impressed if he met with various leaders of various faiths, you know like the idea behind this country.
    Instead of pre-pandering the radical christian theocracy folks.
    You might want to read a little about Ralph Reed to see what hard core theocracy looks like.

    May 2, 2014 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  4. Zak

    Bit too soon surely for CNN to show its hand supporting Bush J. Oh well never too early I guess to put your money on a sure loser. The country will never ever accept a 3rd Bush in the White House. Thats the certain bet

    May 2, 2014 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  5. Joyce Benton

    Our Country needs Governor Jeb Bush's leadership. His kindness, discernment of the principles, experience of the governing, steadfast love of this Country, caring of US Citizens, knowing the importance of the freedoms of the speech and privacy and the right of the property etc... everything above like a torch lighted for us. We know clearly who to vote in 2016.

    May 2, 2014 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  6. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Can't wait to see Moore,Sheldon Adelson,Rupert Mourdoch,Rove,Grover Norquist and the GOP stuff Jeb Bush down the tea party's throats EXACTLY like they stuffed Romney down.

    May 2, 2014 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  7. Winston Smith

    Keep religion and politics separated. You'll thank yourself if you do.

    May 2, 2014 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  8. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Bush and an evangelical... Bad combination.

    May 2, 2014 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  9. Bill from GA

    By the time Ol' Jeb gets around to running, he won't be worth voting for. He will owe so much to so many, he'll be worse than Romney.

    O'l Hill is no better.

    May 2, 2014 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  10. Thomas

    would not vote for Jeb .

    May 3, 2014 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  11. Harold Read

    Want to destroy America's democracy? Vote Dynasty!

    No more Bushs!
    No more Clinton's!

    May 3, 2014 04:00 am at 4:00 am |
  12. Marie MD

    And that is why this shrub will NEVER be president. Of course, there are so many other things he did wrong when in Florida but the one that sticks with me the most is making sure shrub #43 was appointed president.

    May 3, 2014 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  13. GOP = Greed Over People

    Hmmm, the real news here, is that the SBC has a policy on ethics. Who knew?

    May 3, 2014 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  14. Randy, San Francisco

    Pandering to the far right may help Jeb Bush win the Republican nomination but will turn off moderate, women, independent, young, and minority voters in the general election.

    May 3, 2014 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  15. pennydreadful

    Church's who get involved in politics should not be tax exempt.

    May 3, 2014 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  16. jeffro

    Hopefully the educated youth of this nation will rise up and show up at the polls in coming years. Whether the problem is a fringe group with the money of special interest holding the rest of the country hostage or a climate of politics stuck in the swamp, we have to evolve. The thought of the Bush and Clinton (political dinosaurs) dynasties battling it out in 2016 for the highest office in the land does not give much hope for the future. Can we not do better than rehash the "hope" of old. If this is the case, this country has seen it's better days...Bush's, Clinton's, and a Congress that is not a "government by the people for the people" set the stage for what we have now. Special interest and big money have been the long slow and painful death of a democracy.

    May 3, 2014 11:19 am at 11:19 am |