Tags: Jeb Bush | jebbush | russellmoore | evangelicals | 2016

Jeb Bush to Meet With Influential Evangelical Leader

Image: Jeb Bush to Meet With Influential Evangelical Leader Jeb Bush, left, and Russell Moore.

Tuesday, 08 Apr 2014 03:49 PM

By Courtney Coren

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is scheduled to meet with Russell Moore, a leading Southern Baptist in the country, as the potential 2016 presidential candidate reaches out to evangelicals, a key GOP demographic.

Moore is president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission for the Southern Baptist Convention, a group with 16 million members, making it the largest Protestant denomination in the country. He is also a frequent guest on television and speaker at theological conferences, The Washington Post reports.

The two will hold a private meeting at Bush's Miami office, which was initiated by the former Florida governor.

"We'll talk about the concerns of evangelicals," Moore told the Post. "He is a good man, and I am not surprised there is a lot of conversation about him."

Mitt Romney won 78 percent of the evangelical vote in the 2012 presidential election, which was 10 more points than what John McCain received in 2008, making evangelicals an important voting bloc for Republicans.

Moore has said that he does not endorse candidates but will happily offer counsel to any Republican or Democrat candidate.

Immigration reform may be a topic of conversation between the Christian leader and Republican politician.

Moore coauthored an opinion piece for The Wall Street Journal in March with Ralph Reed, the Faith & Freedom Coalition head, saying that Congress needs to pass immigration reform because it is the "moral thing to do for the soul of our nation."

Bush is also an outspoken advocate for immigration overhaul and recently said that while those who come into the country illegally may be breaking our laws, they are not felons.

They do it as "an act of love. It's an act of commitment to your family," Bush said.

In a Public Policy Polling poll released in mid-March, Bush led the Republican 2016 presidential field and only trailed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by three percentage points.

Related Stories:

© 2015 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Jeb Bush Signals Focus on Middle Class

Friday, 23 Jan 2015 21:15 PM

Jeb Bush is offering policy prescriptions to boost the country's lagging middle class as he edges toward a presidential  . . .

Cornyn Under Fire for Changing Name of Subcommittee He Heads

Friday, 23 Jan 2015 22:30 PM

Sen. John Cornyn is coming under fire for stripping the words "civil rights and human rights" from the name of a subcomm . . .

Palin: 'Of Course' I'm Interested in 2016 Election

Friday, 23 Jan 2015 21:01 PM

Republican 2008 vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin declares that of course she's interested in the 2016 presidentia . . .

Most Commented

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.

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