Jeb Bush's formidable political family is coming to his aid as his White House bid gets tested in early-voting states – including Barbara Bush, whose tweeted picture in pearls and football paraphernalia comes with a warning to Donald Trump to "be careful."
The popular former first lady donned in white curls and eye black was an answer, in part at least, to Trump's mocking tweet of her campaigning effort
on behalf of her son.
"I'm proud of them," Bush said in Hampton, N.H., last week, ABC News reports.
"I'm not running away from them, that is total nonsense. ... I spend time talking about my family in a loving way, but you can't ignore them because that's weird, I mean that's kind of a strange thing."
"I mean if there's anybody more powerful in my family than my mother then I don't know who it is," he added.
Bush's wife, Columba, and their son, Jeb Jr. – known as Jebby – also are on the stump, ABC News reports.
Former Florida First Lady Columba, for example, was with her husband at three New Hampshire town halls last week – the first time she's campaigned publicly with him, ABC News reports.
"She's coming to Iowa with me and back here in New Hampshire on the bus tour that we'll have post Iowa," Bush said. "I think the campaign likes her to be around me, so I'm not as impatient with them."
And Jebby was there too, including for some door-knocking in New Hampshire for his dad, ABC News reports.
"I think she had a lot of fun this week up here in New Hampshire, she's especially on the challenge with heroin and drug abuse… something that she's spent the last couple of decades on in Florida," the younger Bush said. "She likes to come up here and talk about her experience and talk about the challenges facing families."
The struggling GOP presidential contender is also suggesting his brother, former President George W. Bush, might show up on the stump – but not before the Iowa caucuses. Their sister, Dorothy Bush Koch, hinted to donors that Bush 43 might be on the campaign trail in South Carolina, ABC News reports.
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