The Lid: Scott Walker Already Ceding Florida Primary?

27 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Could June be when Jeb Bush finally makes it official?.

“If we chose to get in, I don’t think there’s a state out there we wouldn’t play in,” he told radio host Laura Ingraham. “I mean, other than maybe Florida, where Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio are at least in some of the polls essentially tied.” The massive state has roughly a dozen media markets, including some that are expensive to buy for television ads. He’s said that he won’t formally enter the race until the Wisconsin Legislature completes a two-year budget plan, probably in late June. “Governor Walker is not a candidate,” AshLee Strong, a spokeswoman for Walker’s political committee, Our American Revival, said in a statement. “Should he decide to move forward, that decision will be made at the appropriate time.” Walker’s statement about his hesitation to compete in the Florida primary comes a week before he and other declared and likely Republican presidential candidates are scheduled to speak in Orlando at an economic summit hosted by Florida Governor Rick Scott.

It also follows a statement Walker made in March when he said he might be the “front-runner” in the race because President Barack Obama had directly criticized him after he signed so-called right-to-work legislation in Wisconsin. Marco Rubio compete amongst themselves in the key state of Florida. “If we get in as a candidate, we’re going to make a strong play in Iowa,” Mr.

He’ll also have built up a massive campaign war chest — having exploited his non-candidate status to work directly with the Right to Rise Super PAC. Mike Huckabee have indicated that they plan to skip August’s Iowa straw poll, which has traditionally served as an unofficial kick-off to the Republican presidential nominating contest. Last week, two Republicans deeply familiar with election law — Celeta Mitchell and Nancy Watkins — suggested to Breitbart News that Bush is acting improperly. “We’ve always thought of Jeb Bush as being a proper and very upstanding person, if you ask anyone who knew him when he was governor,” Watkins said. “This seems a bit out of character for him…coloring outside the lines is not his normal m.o. at all.” “I have to tell you, I’ve looked at this thing that Jeb Bush has created, I don’t know how in the world that’s legal,” Mitchell said, referring to his formation of a leadership PAC and Super PAC, but no known testing the waters account. Walker said in the interview, which was first noted by Time. “And I think if we ultimately ended up being a candidate, we’d be focused on the caucus in Iowa and the primaries in places like New Hampshire and South Carolina on down the line.” Mr. Rubio’s 12.7 percent, in RCP’s average of recent polling, though the most recent survey included from the Sunshine State was taken in late March.

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