The Daily Caller

The Daily Caller
Former Florida Gov. Jeb. Bush speaks to a Republican group as it kicks off its efforts to improve the party Former Florida Gov. Jeb. Bush speaks to a Republican group as it kicks off its efforts to improve the party's outreach to Hispanic voters Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011 in Miami. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)  

Jeb Bush shoots down Huntsman endorsement rumors UPDATE: Jeb Jr. endorses

Jeb Bush will not be endorsing Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman on Wednesday, as had been speculated, Bush tells The Daily Caller.

“Not true,” wrote Bush, the former Florida governor, in an email to TheDC.

Huntsman’s campaign announced Tuesday the former Utah governor and ambassador to China “will make a major announcement Wednesday morning at Scotty’s Landing in Coconut Grove, Florida.”

It had been widely speculated that the announcement would be an endorsement and Bush’s name had been floated as a possibility.

Jeb Bush, Jr., the son of Bush and nephew of former President George W. Bush, however, endorsed Huntsman Wednesday morning.

The endorsement came in a blog post on Huntsman’s campaign website. Jeb Bush, Jr. said that he’ll be running Huntsman’s youth and young professional outreach activities as the chairman of the campaign’s GenH program.

Jeb Bush, Jr. said he will be accepting his campaign job at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday at Scotty’s Landing.

Jeb Bush, Jr. favorably compared Huntsman to Florida Sen. Marco Rubio in his endorsement, writing that they both agree that “We don’t need more taxes; we need more taxpayers.”

The former governor’s son wrote that he believes he helped Rubio’s 2010 campaign come back from polling at three percent when he “jumped on board.”

Jeb Bush, Jr. added that he thinks Huntsman “is the candidate best-equipped to defeat President Obama next November.”

This article has been updated. Matthew Boyle contributed to this report.

  • Goldenhinde12

    I really would like to see Jeb Bush running. He did an excellent job as governor for Florida. To bad his name is Bush, so with the history of this name, he will never have a chance. People should not judge him because of his name, more on his actions. 

  • Jonathan

    All of us need to be informed and vote for those who honestly support our prioritized views.  Complaining, crying, pointing fingers at each other will accomplish nothing and results in a Divided America.  Separatemess is what politicians want because while we are engaged in arguing with each other while avoiding the real issue results in them walking between the coals and nothing improves.  We all have our list as to what changes need to be made but we need to focus on the need for the basic hange which will enable a real opportunity to accomplish the individual policy/law changes we all want.  We must stay focused on the real issue which is – We Need Real Leaders – Leaders who follow, understand and support our Constitution.  My God Bless America and guide us in doing what it is we must do.