Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) looks to reassure donors and supporters of the viability of his candidacy and of his status as the establishment’s choice for Republican nominee, despite slipping polls and smaller rallies.
“In a sign of Mr. Bush’s struggle to catch fire with the Republican grass roots, he addressed a half-empty room Thursday afternoon at a community recreation center here.”
“To steady the Bush campaign’s financial backers, donors were invited to participate in telephone conference calls with top campaign officials late Wednesday and Thursday morning. Political advisers noted that Mr. Trump was silent for a full 37 minutes during the debate and relayed some of the positive reviews of Mr. Bush’s performance on Twitter.” (Wall Street Journal)
SIGNING ON. “Tom Ingram, a longtime Tennessee Republican operative, has joined” Bush’s campaign. Ingram previously advised Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) and Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), and served as Sen. Lamar Alexander’s (R-TN) chief of staff. (Nashville Tennessean)
MORE ENDORSEMENTS. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL) said he is supporting Bush’s bid for the nomination.
Rogers: “I believe Gov. Bush has the right plan to reform our tax code, which will spur economic growth and put millions of Americans back to work. Gov. Bush has a proven record of cutting spending and standing up for agriculture families, two things that are very important to Alabama voters.” (Al.com)
Bush’s campaign also announced 200 endorsements across the state of Michigan, including Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette (R) and Rep. David Trott (R-MI) (Michigan Tri-City Herald)
MONEY PROBLEMS. Bush walked back his comments that he’d put former United Kingdom Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on the $10 bill.
Bush: “I would give it up to — on the internet and let people decide this. That would generate a lot of interest. … It could create all sorts of opportunities for math teachers to teach math, for social studies teachers to do the same. You could have an avalanche of interest in picking the woman that should be on the $10 bill.” (NBC News)