posted at 03:50
Author Name: Brett LoGiurato
Jeb Bushs Tea Party & Conservative Problem
"You know, I heard Jeb Bush the other day," mogul Donald Trump said during his speech at the Freedom Summit, hosted by the conservative groups Citizens United and the Americans for Prosperity Foundation. As chatter heats up about a Bush possibly running for president in 2016, he faces a potentially significant obstacle - convincing the conservative base to rally around him as a Republican nominee. Conservatives' problems with Bush, the brother of former President George W. Bush and younger son of President George H.W. Bush, are threefold. "Bush as a last name" is an issue, said Erick Erickson, the editor in chief of the conservative news site RedState. Steve Deace, a prominent conservative in the crucial early presidential state of Iowa, summed up conservatives' problem with Jeb Bush: He's everything they hated about Romney, and nothing they liked about him. "I'm saying there's a chance" Bush could win the backing of conservatives and the nomination, Deace told Business Insider in an email, adding, "The same chance I have to look good in a thong." Even Mike Huckabee, a fellow potential 2016 Republican candidate who is more sympathetic to immigration reform than other conservative prospects, attacked Bush's April comments. How Bush deals with conservative opposition to his stances on immigration and Common Core will likely determine how far he gets in the nomination process, should he choose to run.

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