A private meeting is scheduled to take place today in Utah between potential Republican presidential nominees Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney.
Both men have expressed interest in securing the Republican nomination in the 2016 presidential race and The New York Times says this meeting could be a way for them to avoid competing presidential campaigns.
If Bush and Romney were to both seek the nomination, it could split the Republican establishment, according to two prominent party members.
"I’d say this is a highly unusual move because these are two potential presidential contenders," Yahoo News reports Republican strategist Ron Bonjean said. "The fact that they are meeting is significant because it could lead to some decisions on the future of their candidacies."
The meeting between Bush and Romney was planned by Bush before Romney announced two weeks ago to donors in New York that he was considering a third run for the White House. There has been chatter since that leading Republicans do not support Romney running a third time.
Bush is reportedly “looking forward to catching up with Governor Romney,” spokeswoman Kristy Campbell said. Any other information on the meeting is unknown as aides to Romney and Bush declined to comment.
Romney’s announcement that he is considering running again came weeks after Bush said he is actively considering a candidacy. Both potential candidates have been reaching out to the same donors to gauge their campaign’s strengths.