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.