Jeb Bush to aid key early voting state governor
May 6th, 2014
04:26 PM ET
5 months ago

Jeb Bush to aid key early voting state governor

Washington (CNN) - Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will make allies in the key early presidential voting state of Iowa without even going there.

Bush will host a re-election fundraiser for Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad in Coral Gables, Florida on May 22, Branstad's campaign confirmed to CNN.

"With Gov. Bush's popularity and unmatched record as governor of Florida, we believe this will be a very successful fundraiser, and Gov. Branstad is excited to attend. Branstad admires the work Bush has done to manage Florida's finances while focusing on growing the state's economy," Branstad's campaign communications director Tommy Schultz told CNN.

Other prospective 2016 Republican presidential candidates Texas Gov. Rick Perry and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, chairman of the Republican Governors Association, also have promised to help Branstad's campaign.

Any political activity related to the first-in-the-nation caucus state will draw a lot of attention to Bush and the guessing game of will he or won't he.

For his part, Bush has repeatedly said he will make a decision by the end of the year on whether he will run for President.

One source close to Bush told CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger it is 50-50 on whether he will seek the Republican nomination as he is "still in a reflective mode," not an active mode.

An April poll from from Loras College in Iowa showed Bush in second place among Republican voters with 11% if the state's caucuses were held today. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee leads the pack in the Hawkeye State with 15% of GOP voters saying they would vote for him.

Bush has recently stepped up his political activity on behalf of candidates – although he mostly has avoided traveling to the early presidential voting states. CNN has learned he hosted a re-election campaign fundraiser for South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley in Jacksonville, Florida last Friday.

He is scheduled to attend a fundraiser lunch in Florida for the influential Republican Jewish Coalition later this month. He attended a closed-door dinner in March for the same group in Las Vegas with some of the nation's most prominent GOP donors attending. Sources said his remarks there were very well-received. Nevada is also key as it is expected to be one of the early voting states in the Republican primary calendar.

The Des Moines Register first reported the news of Bush's fundraiser for Branstad.


Filed under: 2016 • Iowa • Jeb Bush • Terry Branstad
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    What?!?!?!? Benghazi is NOT in Iowa...ergo, Iowa is not news!!!!!

    Gimme a B! Gimme an E! Gimme an N! Gimme a G!.....

    May 6, 2014 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  2. Thomas

    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will make allies in the key early presidential voting state of Iowa without even going there.

    So the republican party will use photoshop and digitally create a few images of Jeb Bush eating a corn dog at the fair , great strategy .

    Bottom Line , Cost Effective !

    May 6, 2014 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  3. just saying

    rake in the money jeb. the billionaire in california that wants to bribe the democrat party with $100 million if they shut down the keystone pipeline and kill jobs must be stopped.

    May 6, 2014 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  4. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Jeb helping with votes?? They better watch the ballots and pray they don't fall in the shredder...

    May 6, 2014 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  5. Silence DoGood

    @Sniffit
    What?!?!?!? Benghazi is NOT in Iowa...ergo, Iowa is not news!!!!!

    Gimme a B! Gimme an E! Gimme an N! Gimme a G!.....
    -------–
    Am I late? what's Benghazi?

    May 6, 2014 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  6. CryBabies

    Benhazi ..... lookout HC.

    May 6, 2014 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    Silence DoGood

    @Sniffit
    What?!?!?!? Benghazi is NOT in Iowa...ergo, Iowa is not news!!!!!

    Gimme a B! Gimme an E! Gimme an N! Gimme a G!.....
    ---–
    Am I late? what's Benghazi?"
    ===

    You're so late you might be pregos! It's only the most important thing in the entire universe you know!!!

    May 6, 2014 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  8. don in albuquerque

    just asking
    Have you really checked out the number of jobs Keystone will create. In the long term a few hundred. Maybe....if its a good day.....if the sun is shining......if the stock market goes up.........if PeeWee Herman gets a new kiddie show.......

    May 6, 2014 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  9. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    OMG Sniffitt!! It's not Benghazi?!?!

    May 6, 2014 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  10. don in albuquerque

    sniffit

    Oh come on. Don't ruin my day. Beghazzzzzzzzziiiiii!!!!!!!!!!! has to be important. We are spending millions and millions of dollars just to prove it.

    May 6, 2014 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  11. don in albuquerque

    oooopss. Fat fingers strike again. Forgot the "n" in Benghazzzzzzzzzzzzzzziiiiiiiiiiii!!!

    May 6, 2014 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  12. steve

    loser to loser!

    May 6, 2014 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  13. gahh

    As Governor of Florida, he signed laws protecting Big Businesses, from lawsuits by victims. He's just like his stinking brother, he protects and gives Big Business everything they want for Lobbyist money.

    May 6, 2014 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  14. ThinkAgain - Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    @just saying: "rake in the money jeb. the billionaire in california that wants to bribe the democrat party with $100 million if they shut down the keystone pipeline and kill jobs must be stopped."

    You follow Grover Norquist on Twitter, I see. Seems you should be worrying about the Nevada casino billionaire making all the gop hopefuls genuflect to him, if you've got a problem with "free speech" money.

    May 6, 2014 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  15. Gurgyl

    We don't give darn hoot to Benghazi. Jeb Bush is not even fit to be a cook in WH. Again Bush the thush to mess USA? Nonsense. Yes, on Hillary16. Period.

    May 6, 2014 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  16. Norma jean

    "Just Saying."............As a Californian.......I'd like to know the name of the California millionaire that you claim wants to bribe the Democratic party.......Strange ..but we haven't heard about him out here.....?????????

    May 6, 2014 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  17. Marie MD

    This is hilarious. bush #3 is now going to the faaaaaaaaaaaaaarr right to get the votes but he will NEVER win a general election. Another flip flopper of the teaklans/repugs.
    Let the fun begin and let's make sure the adelson's and koch's of the world lose even more money than they did in 2012.

    May 7, 2014 06:37 am at 6:37 am |
  18. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Can't wait to see 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 7, 2014 07:22 am at 7:22 am |