REPORT: GEORGE W. BUSH SAYS TED CRUZ ‘HIJACKED’ THE GOP, WOULD BE ‘FORMIDABLE’ COMPETITION TO JEB.
Former Republican president George W. Bush told donors that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is his brother Jeb Bush’s most “formidable” opponent in the GOP primary, according to Politico.
Politico spoke to half a dozen donors at an Oct. 18 event in Denver. The attendees reported that Bush said “I just don’t like the guy.”
Bush also slammed Cruz’s alliance with runaway frontrunner Donald Trump, who has repeatedly mocked Jeb as “pathetic” and “low energy.”
“Bush said he found it ‘opportunistic’ that Cruz was sucking up to Trump and just expecting all of his support to come to him in the end,” a donor told Politico.
Bush “said he thought Cruz was going to be a pretty formidable candidate against Jeb, especially in Texas and across the South,” said another donor.
“[George W. Bush] sort of looks at this like Cruz is doing it all for his own personal gain, and that’s juxtaposed against a family that’s been all about public service and doing it for the right reasons.
He’s frustrated to have watched Cruz basically hijack the Republican Party of Texas and the Republican Party in Washington,” another donor told Politico.
His brother repeatedly told donors, “You’re not going to see a lot of me” on the campaign trail.
Bush’s spokesman Freddy Ford denied Bush’s remarks. “The first words out of President Bush’s mouth last night were that Jeb is going to earn the nomination, win the election, and be a great President. He does not view Senator Cruz as Governor Bush’s most serious rival,” Ford said.