Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, see as the frontrunner for the Republican nomination for president in 2016, will be joined by his father, the 41st president, his mother, his brother, the 43rd president, and his sister-in-law for fundraisers in Dallas and Houston, Texas, this week.
On Wednesday night (Mar. 25), George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush will join Jeb Bush in Dallas as headliners for a fundraiser benefitting the Right to Rise PAC, the group created by Jeb Bush to raise money for his assumed run for the White House.
Just one day later, George H.W. Bush and wife Barbara will join their son in Houston for another fundraising event.
The elder Bush, who turns 91 this year, has faced serious health problems in recent years, making his public appearance all the more surprising. Jeb Bush spoke about his parents’ conditions to a group of Republican in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, last week.
“My dad is 90 years old, going on 91," he said, "and he can’t walk, but he’s still got great spirits and has a great mind still.”
Speaking about his mother, Jeb Bush said: “And my mother is just amazing – she’s 89 going on 90, and she’s the caregiver. If anybody’s had this experience you get stronger when your loved one is hurting. I see that. My mom has all these aches and pains being 89, but she would never let you know that.”
Bush’s Texas fundraisers coincide with the news that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is officially seeking the Republican nomination for president. While Cruz has been known in Texas politics for years, Bush was born and raised in the state, where his brother, George W., served as governor in the 1990’s.
Jeb Bush’s campaign strategists have also worried about the effect that his brother, the former president, would bring to his campaign. A majority of Americans still view George W. Bush, who served as commander-in-chief from 2001 to 2009, unfavorably due to his involvement with the Iraq War and the 2008 financial crisis.
“The relationship with Jeb Bush and the odd-numbered presidents he calls his dad and brother will surely be an evolving one over the next year-plus, with questions of legacy, rivalry, and dynasty never far from the frame ... There will be phases in this campaign where being a Bush hurts his [Jeb’s] campaign prospects,” reports Rick Klein from ABC News.
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