Jeb Bush, the former Florida of governor whose recent run at the White House went down in flames, announced his endorsement of Sen. Ted Cruz for president on Wednesday.
“Ted is a consistent, principled conservative who has demonstrated the ability to appeal to voters and win primary contests,” Bush said, in an early preview of a statement he gave to the Cruz campaign, Politico first reported.
His statement, due for official release by the Cruz campaign in the coming hours, spoke of the need to beat front-runner Donald Trump.
“For the sake of our party and country, we must move to overcome the divisiveness and vulgarity Donald Trump has brought into the political arena, or we will certainly lose our chance to defeat the Democratic nominee and reverse President Obama’s failed policies,” he said on the statement.
Political insiders say Sen. Marco Rubio, who dropped his presidential campaign after losing his home state of Florida – and who then announced he would not run for Senate re-election – will likely be annoyed with the announcement and fume Bush did not embrace him.
But one Republican source said to Politico: “Jeb came to believe Marco was not up to the job of being president. It was never really under serious discussion.”
The news outlet reported Cruz and Bush solidified their campaign union during a recent telephone call.
Bush will reportedly “actively support Sen. Cruz’s bid,” but has yet to agree to appear on the campaign trail with him, Politico reported.