Bush Looks to Solidify Support of Establishment After Debate

Bush gets endorsement from Alabama congressman.

Sept. 18, 2015, 8:32 a.m.

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)

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