(TIME) — If there was ever any doubt, there isn’t anymore. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush sees the campaign of Florida Sen. Marco Rubio as the major obstacle between himself and the White House, and he’s willing to take the fight to his former protégé.
Bush’s top advisors delivered a presentation to assuage concerns about the campaign’s tumultuous three months at a summit for the campaign’s top donors in Houston Monday, delivering an optimistic look at the path ahead, and a sharp blow to a top rival.
With a PowerPoint slide-deck as a guide, campaign manager Danny Diaz, senior advisor Sally Bradshaw, communications director Tim Miller, and other aides went through the campaign’s finances and strategic plan for the roughly 150 donors present. The presentation identified Rubio as Bush’s top competition, repeatedly contrasting their effort to Rubio’s, noting cash flow, field organization and endorsements.
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