Tags: Chris Christie | Christie Bridge Controversy | Jeb Bush | Jeb Bush | Christie | GOP | donors

Scarborough: Christie's 'Ship Has Sailed,' Donors Lukewarm on Jeb Bush

By Wanda Carruthers   |   Monday, 31 Mar 2014 09:50 AM

Big money GOP donors are reluctantly leaning toward former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush for president in 2016, said talk show host Joe Scarborough.

"The whispers are out there. You hear it among top [Republican National Committee] donors. There is not an excitement. I'll be really honest with you. Nobody's going, 'Oh, we got to get Jeb,'" Scarborough said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Monday.

Donors are eyeing Bush because they see him as the only nominee who could beat presumptive Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, Scarborough said, adding that contenders like Rand Paul and Ted Cruz aren't considered viable against the former secretary of state.

Urgent: Do You Like Chris Christie? Vote Now

Stories continue below video.



"None of these big donors think Rand Paul is going to win. None of these big donors think Ted Cruz is going to win. None of these big donors think, fill in the blank, you name it," Scarborough said.

As for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Scarborough said he's out of the running due to the tarnish of the "bridge-gate" scandal.

"I haven't talked to one that thinks Chris Christie can [win]. You know what? In the eyes of the big Republican donors, that ship has sailed," he said.

The buzz came following a meeting of the Republican Jewish Coalition last weekend in Las Vegas, attended by several GOP presidential hopefuls. Potential candidates were particularly looking to catch the eye of casino magnate and big money Republican donor Sheldon Adelson.

Despite the lack of excitement, Bush was a candidate Scarborough said he could support.

"I love Jeb. I'd be thrilled if Jeb were running. But I'm telling you, there's not the excitement out there. They're just kind of just saying, 'We got to get Jeb.' And that really emerged out in Vegas," Scarborough said.

Urgent: Do You Like Chris Christie? Vote Now

Related Stories:


© 2015 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

1Like our page
2Share
Newsfront
Big money GOP donors are reluctantly leaning toward former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush for president in 2016, said talk show host Joe Scarborough.
Jeb Bush,Christie,GOP,donors,president
333
2014-50-31
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved