When the Republican race for the presidential nomination first began, it was a claustrophobic platform with twelve different candidates in the running. It was a platform on which many of the candidates simply struggled to have their voice heard. One candidate who particularly struggled was Jeb Bush who called an end to his campaign last month. The businessman and 43rd Governor of Florida has now put his weight behind second place candidate, Ted Cruz.
As reported by POLITCO, a surprise announcement on Wednesday morning saw Jeb Bush, who dropped out of the presidential race on February 20, openly endorse Texan Senator Ted Cruz as his pick to become the next president.
Many see the endorsement from Jeb Bush as a further bid by the Republican establishment to put their full force behind Ted Cruz, who, despite still lagging behind in the race, is the only candidate with a considerable chance of defeating Donald Trump, the current frontrunner. Jeb Bush released a statement on his Facebook page, which is also due to be released by the Cruz campaign, detailing exactly why his supporters must now fall behind Ted Cruz if they wish to stand any chance of defeating Donald Trump.
“Ted is a consistent, principled conservative who has demonstrated the ability to appeal to voters and win primary contests.”
According to the BBC, Bush’s statement went on to slam Donald Trump and the vulgarity that he has brought to the process of the Republican nomination. Jeb then went on to claim that Ted Cruz offers the only chance that the Republicans have of getting into the White House this year in order to “reverse President Obama’s failed policies.” His message offered a stark warning to Republican voters and considering the political gravitas that Bush still holds, is something that many will listen to.
Ted Cruz has been picking up endorsements from across the Republican establishment, but an endorsement from Jeb Bush wasn’t expected at this stage. Jeb Bush’s endorsement is likely to mean a big deal for the Cruz campaign, a campaign that the Republican establishment has only recently fallen behind. That being said, whilst Bush was happy to release a statement endorsing his former rival for the top job, sources close to Bush have stated that he won’t be making an appearance alongside Cruz anytime soon. With that in mind, it doesn’t look like Jeb Bush will be playing an active role in the Cruz campaign, and likely won’t be assuming a role in Cruz’s cabinet, should he make it to the White House.
Jeb Bush, who is the son of George H. W. Bush and brother of George W. Bush, was consistently targeted by Donald Trump throughout the early stages of the Republican primary campaign. That likely came down to the fact that Jeb Bush is widely seen as a figure of the Republican establishment, whilst Trump is quite the opposite.
In reaction to Jeb Bush’s endorsement, Ted Cruz said it proved that his candidacy was garnering support from across the GOP. It also followed an endorsement of sorts from Mitt Romney, who urged Republicans not to elect Donald Trump, a man with no prior political experience. That being said, Donald Trump still sits with the largest number of delegates on the Republican field by far, with Ted Cruz quickly arising as the only opposing candidate that stands a chance of beating him to the nomination.
That being said, Donald Trump is racking up a number of endorsements of his own from candidates that have dropped out. Only recently did New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson back Donald Trump’s bid for the Republican nomination, despite both having had prior spats with Trump.
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