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Jeb to Keynote Convention Luncheon -- and More?

July 25, 2012
One of the many uncomfortable decisions surrounding the speaking lineup at the Republican nominating convention is how to juggle Florida Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Jeb Bush. Bush is a strong, bilingual speaker beloved by the Republican faithful and frequently mentioned as a future presidential candidate. Scott is not.

But with the two former presidents with the Bush surname not coming to the convention, how can the party put the former governor on the stage and not the current executive?

"I'm glad I don't have to make those decisions,'' said Bush's son, Jeb Bush Jr., in a telephone interview with National Journal. "Maybe neither of them will speak, though I would think Gov. Scott would have to at some point.''

A spokeswoman for the former governor said his schedule is still coming together, but he is planning to be the keynote speaker at an Aug. 28 luncheon and roundtable discussion about Hispanic outreach. The event will be hosted by the Hispanic Leadership Network and SunPAC, which is chaired by Jeb Bush Jr.

Bush's other son, George P. Bush, is also expected at the convention. His MavPAC is hosting a party on Aug. 29 at the Florida Museum of Photographic Art.

Speculation about the governor's plans for 2016 picked up this week with news that he will be headlining a Chamber of Commerce dinner in Sioux City, Iowa, home of course to the nation's first presidential caucus.

"He is working hard for Mitt,'' Bush Jr. said of his father. "I know he thinks Gov. Romney will be a two-term president.''

Asked about polls that show Romney far behind Obama among Hispanic voters, Bush Jr. said the Republican nominee needs to spend more money on Spanish media. Bush Jr. added: "His immigration policy is tough. The self-deportation soundbite doesn't resonate well in the Hispanic community.''

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