Fox News Poll: Walker seen as strong leader among GOP, Clinton’s honesty …

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Awash in cash, Bush asks donors not to give more than $1 million – for now.

Overall, there’s general agreement that former Florida Gov. JEFFERSON, Iowa — Sheryl McDonald, a retiree, voted for both Presidents Bush. “But I’m finding out they did some things we got stuck with,” she said. “I do not want to see Jeb Bush run,” she added. “He turns me off.” Scarcely anyone at a meeting of the Green County Republican Party here in central Iowa recently had anything kind to say about Mr.DES MOINES, Iowa — Even before Jeb Bush leaves his first footprint in Iowa on Friday during his debut trip here as a presidential hopeful, some conservative activists seem hardened against him. “It’s hard to reconcile his membership in the Republican Party as anything more than a multigenerational family tradition,” Cary Gordon, a Christian conservative pastor at a Sioux City church, told The Des Moines Register this week. “He appears to be a Republican in name, but not necessarily a Republican in heart and head.

An unusual request has gone out to wealthy donors writing large checks to support former Florida governor Jeb Bush: Please don’t give more than $1 million right away. He reminds me of the man who grumbles about his old-fashioned and boring Episcopalian church, but can’t bring himself to leave because his great-grandfather donated the church bell, and his mother was buried in the graveyard.” Comments like that invent a Bush persona that’s wholly unfamiliar to Republican and Democratic politicos in Florida, where he was governor from 1999 to 2007. “He’s regarded as a conservative hero in Florida,” Republican state Rep. The move reflects concerns among Bush advisers that accepting massive sums from a handful of uber-rich supporters could fuel a perception that the former governor is in their debt. Another activist, John Thompson, a West Point graduate who served in Iraq, called it “a wasted war.” Jeb Bush, he said, was the last of the potential Republican candidates he would consider. He’s an ideologue.” Florida leaders said Bush built the GOP almost from scratch in a Democrat-dominated state, then governed sharply to the right, preaching the gospel of fiscal and social conservatism.

Bush has yet to officially declare his candidacy, but he is already on track to raise tens of millions of dollars by the end of this month for two political action committees, both named Right to Rise, that were set up in January. And many more see her as a strong leader than say the same of Obama (-12). “Walker is in a nice position right now,” says Democratic pollster Chris Anderson, who conducts the Fox News Poll along with Republican pollster Daron Shaw. “Republicans who know him overwhelmingly think he is a strong leader, and there are very few in the base who hold negative opinions toward him.” While Clinton performs well on leadership, she’s underwater on honesty (-8 points).

Bush created the nation’s first school voucher program, pushed accountability in public schools, chiseled away at taxes, fought to prevent abortions, shored up gun rights, cracked down on armed criminals, reformed Medicaid into a system of private managed-care providers and ended affirmative action in state hiring. “I laugh now about people talking about Governor Bush being a moderate. Of course, many donors who give large amounts now are likely to be repeat givers — and write even larger checks — once the campaign starts in earnest. Bush is entering his third month of an intensive, cross-country fundraising tour that has included stops at lavish Manhattan apartments, premier Washington lobbying shops and luxury hotels in Florida. Sixty-one percent of voters say if recent allegations are true and the foundation accepted contributions from foreign governments while Clinton was secretary of state — it was the wrong thing to do. Among all voters, Bush does best on “patriotic” and “caring.” His trouble spot is “strong leader,” as he’s underwater on that — albeit by just one point. “It’s interesting and potentially important how well Bush scores on the caring trait,” says Shaw. “Empathy is something recent GOP candidates have not scored well on, and reducing this gap is essential for them to do well in 2016.” Among those familiar with them, Walker does best on “patriotic” and “strong leader” and Rubio’s top traits are “patriotic” and “caring.” Both of these candidates are less well known than either Bush or Clinton.

The 1,011 registered voters were reached via landline and cell phone numbers randomly selected for inclusion in this nationwide survey from March 1-3, 2015. Amid the nonstop drive for money, Bush advisers are cautioning fundraisers in conference calls and in-person discussions not to allow a few mega-donors to overwhelm the effort. “It shows they are disciplined and appreciate that the dominance of a few key people early on is not a productive thing for the campaign or for Jeb Bush,” said Rick Hohlt, a longtime Republican fundraiser in Washington who is familiar with the guidance. Such a dynamic dogged the 2012 campaign of former House speaker Newt Gingrich, whose bid for the Republican nomination was lifted by a super PAC financed with $15 million from casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and his family.

A narrative has already begun to sink in here that conservatives should be skeptical of him, partly because he embraces academic standards for student achievement and is disinterested in deporting every immigrant living in the country illegally. Asked if he’s worried that it might already be getting too late to change some Iowa conservatives’ negative opinions about him, Bush told the Register in a telephone interview: “No.” “Look, if I actually go beyond the consideration of running to actually running, then I’ll do it with lots of energy. Dozens of backers have given $100,000 a piece to get into high-end super PAC fundraisers, such as one last month at the Park Avenue home of private-equity titan Henry Kravis. Bush appears so far to be bypassing the extensive networks of supporters, and strategists, that his father and older brother each built in Iowa en route to winning its first-in-the-nation caucus.

I’d put my record up against anybody’s, to be honest with you.” Iowa isn’t entirely hostile turf for Bush — 46 percent of Republicans who intend to vote in the first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses in 2016 view Bush favorably, according to a late January Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics Iowa Poll. Bush named an outsider to head up his prospective Iowa campaign: Annie Kelly, a Pennsylvania native who worked for the National Republican Congressional Committee. The eagerness among political financiers to support Bush is evident in the high goals his team has laid out for donors and fundraisers to reach by March 31, with tiers set at $50,000, $100,000, $250,000 and $500,000, according to people involved in collecting checks. Although he might prefer to stay at home with a book, he has shown an eagerness to get out to meet voters and donors, repeatedly explaining his thinking on immigration and common core education standards and how all that fits in with what he believes the country needs.

At the same time Bush was telling them his analysis, he was also typing responses to Floridians, including a woman reporting a problem pothole. “It remains the most fascinating multitasking experience I have ever witnessed,” said Gaetz, who is the finance and tax committee chairman in the Florida House. Wittgraf, a lawyer in Cherokee, Iowa, who was state chairman for the first President Bush. “People were looking for an alternative to Bill Clinton then. Bush’s “name is something he’s going to have to overcome,” she said. “He is going to have to be more articulate with his fresh ideas.” On Friday, Mr.

Bush’s austere approach to running the state bureaucracies, including his decision to cut 13,000 positions, left Florida hurting when the recession hit after he left office, Gelber said. But Fitzgerald and several other Democrats said Bush made nothing more than mild improvement in education, and his conservative prescription for tax cuts, outsourcing and downsizing did not improve outcomes in other state services. On Saturday he will appear with a dozen other 2016 hopefuls at an agriculture forum in Des Moines, then attend a meet-and-greet at a Pizza Ranch restaurant in Cedar Rapids — the city where George W. In the telephone interview with the Register, Bush said: “We worked hard to execute on what the legislature gave us the authority to do, and it did improve outcomes — education outcomes particularly.

In K-12, we went from the bottom of the pack to having some of the greatest learning gains over the last decade.” Bush said: “I’ve had a chance to be governor of a complex state, where we fixed a few big things that made it possible for a whole lot of people in our state to benefit. That life experience that came from business and public leadership — if I go forward and run for president — I think will be a useful part of the story that I’ll tell Iowans.” On the night of the statewide caucus in 1988, he spoke in Council Bluffs in support of his father, who ended up losing the precinct on his way to finishing third in the state (although he won the nomination and the presidency). “It was a humbling experience” for the 34-year-old Jeb, said Douglas E. Gross, a Bush family friend. “He trudges back to the Holiday Inn Express by himself like he doesn’t have a friend in the world.” Polls show stiff resistance to Mr.

Significantly, the No. 2 issue cited by Republicans in the survey in picking a candidate, after the economy, was immigration — a persistent problem for moderates in this Midwest state with a 5.5 percent Latino population. Bush reaffirmed his view that millions of undocumented workers in the United States should be given a path to legal status, which is anathema to many conservatives. “We have litmus tests that Iowans will expect candidates to answer the right way if they’re deemed to be viable candidates, and those litmus tests in many cases are a turnoff in the general election,” said Mitch Hambleton, the Republican treasurer of Dallas County. “We tend to beat ourselves up in the process.” Although Iowa strategists unconnected to Mr. Bush might be tempted to hedge his bets, to avoid the humiliation of a poor Iowa showing, that could allow others who also appeal to center-right voters, like Mr.

Scott Walker of Wisconsin and Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, to gain ground. “What happens in Iowa becomes a reflection of your momentum in the race,” said Mr.

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