Jeb Bush to head to Ohio
July 17th, 2012
06:55 PM ET
10 years ago

Jeb Bush to head to Ohio

(CNN) - Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, rumored to be among those considered for Mitt Romney's running mate, will travel to Hamilton, Ohio on Wednesday to appear at his first official campaign event for the presumptive GOP presidential nominee.

His appearance comes the same day Romney holds an event about 200 miles away in Bowling Green in the northwest part of the state.

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According to the Republican National Committee, Bush will tour Performance Metals and talk to Romney supporters about President Barack Obama's record in office over the last three and a half years.

The former governor has previously said "under no circumstances" would he accept an offer to be Romney's running mate. Furthermore, his son, George P. Bush, said on CNN last week that Jeb Bush is not being vetted by the Romney campaign.

Another top surrogate and suspected veep contender, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, will also be appearing in Ohio Wednesday, making a stop in Columbus on behalf of Romney.

The Buckeye State, a crucial battleground this fall, has especially been popular in presidential politics this week.

On Monday, Obama traveled to Cincinnati for the first town hall of his 2012 presidential campaign, taking questions and hitting Romney for his economic plan and business background.

Vice President Joe Biden will make the trip to the state Thursday to embark upon the "Made in Ohio Manufacturing Tour," beginning with an event at the Plumbers & Pipefitter Local Union in Columbus. The visit is meant to "highlight the impact of President Obama's efforts to strengthen Ohio's manufacturing industry and bolster middle-class security for Ohio's workers," according to a release from Obama's campaign.

Ohio, classified a "toss up" on CNN's Electoral Map, carries 18 electoral votes in November's general election.

- CNN National Political Correspondent Jim Acosta contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • 2012 VP Pick • Jeb Bush • Ohio
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Get ready Ohioians, another Bush coming to put you back in the soup lines like GWB did, send Jeb packing before he cast another jobless curse on you. I'm a native born Buckeye and I know what GWB did to the honest and hard working people of Ohio.

    July 17, 2012 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  2. T'sah From Virginia

    Romney has his own party to thank that's SABOTAGING his campaign... These are the WANNABES who want to run in 2016!!! Be aware of your surrogates Romney – they're out to get you!!! Never mind, the more the merrier!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    July 17, 2012 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  3. Thomas

    Romney gets aggressive against Obama: ‘He wants Americans to be ashamed of success’

    There is a deference between greed and succcess . Romney is from the school of mind where greed is good .

    Romney , Bush the 3ed
    2012 it's our time .

    July 17, 2012 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  4. SAG

    Uh-oh...that means the fix is in!!!

    July 17, 2012 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  5. Slightly Left of Center

    Unless he's bringing rain, we don't need him to come to Ohio.

    July 17, 2012 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  6. Paul Ernest Show

    Another Bush close to the Whitehouse? What do these GOP folks think Americans are? Their footstool? Americans are trying to forget the pain and suffering brought upon them by one Bush, and Romney is trying to puncture the "healing wounds" again.

    July 17, 2012 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  7. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Oh LOOK!! A squirrel!!! (Nice try...)

    Show us your papers, Mitt!

    July 17, 2012 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  8. Fearless Freep

    Put a "Bush" on the ticket, see what that gets ya.
    You Repubs have a short memory, the rest of us dont.

    July 17, 2012 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  9. Life Is A Banquet

    This is one dynasty that wont work.
    Even Republicans would run the other way.
    Talk about a train wreck.

    July 17, 2012 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  10. Larry L

    We haven't recovered from the damage done by the last Bush. No more Bushes!

    July 17, 2012 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  11. Marie MD

    I would take a slow train to Ohio if I was bush number 3. He is another one who is putting aside his integrity to cheerlead for the bishop.

    July 17, 2012 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  12. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    He may not be a running mate, but he will work to get Romney elected. He, afterall, is a Republican.

    July 17, 2012 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  13. GI Joe

    They'll try really hard to bush Shrub III at the top of the ticket at the convention. Mark my word.

    go ahead repubs, try to shove ANOTHER Bush down our throats and see what happens ha ha ha ha ha ha

    July 17, 2012 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  14. GI Joe

    oops – that should read "put Shrub III".

    Darn keyboard.

    July 17, 2012 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  15. AF

    Another BUSH is BUSH, Republican want to take the country back to where Bush left it
    . WE will open our eyes, viva Obama

    July 17, 2012 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  16. dirtydes

    We don't ever need a Bush anywhere near the Whitehouse again in this century! The name alone is poison for this countries well being. The rich support the rich though.

    July 17, 2012 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  17. Just a thought

    Ok...big brother , ole decider #43 said, "He (Rob-me-Bot) can do well without me" LOL But now this Bush won't remind us why we nearly saw this country implode? Great idea...Let's get another Bush to remind how really stupid GOP/Tea knuckleheads really are. And if that's not enough, let's bring Darth Vader Cheney to Washington to discuss how we can remind americans how really bad the Redumblicans are.

    July 18, 2012 01:22 am at 1:22 am |