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Politico: If Jeb Wants to Win Iowa, He Has to Show Up

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Friday, 08 May 2015 12:03 PM

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has failed to show an interest in Iowa and that's the main reason he placed seventh for the GOP presidential nomination in the latest poll of likely Republican caucus-goers in the Hawkeye State, Politico reported.

Each week the website's "Politico Caucus" surveys activists, operatives and elected officials in Iowa and New Hampshire to get the pulse of what is happening politically in the early presidential voting states.

And the most recent result of 72 respondents reveals that Bush would get a boost from Iowa voters if he just bothered to show up in the state or, as Politico says, gives Iowa some tender loving care.

"The Iowa Lottery's motto is 'You can't win if you don't play.' The same is true in politics," said a top Republican in the state, who completed a Politico questionnaire.

"Am I surprised that a candidate who has visited the state once in 2015, and only twice in the past 20 years, isn't kicking butt in Iowa? No."

Bush last visited Iowa two months ago while speaking at an agriculture summit, although he plans to return May 16 for a town hall in Dubuque, a fundraiser in Iowa City for Sen. Chuck Grassley's re-election campaign and a Lincoln Dinner speech in Des Moines, Politico reported.

"He is running the Seinfeld campaign — it's a campaign about nothing except money," said another Iowa Republican. "I have never seen a guy with such a great Rolodex who is incapable of connecting with regular voters."

Bush, who has not yet formally announced his candidacy for the GOP presidential nomination, will be hard-pressed to win the Iowa caucus in 2016 even if he had been paying regular visits to the state because his political agenda angers grass-root conservatives, the Politico survey showed.

Conservatives are turned off by Bush's support of Common Core education standards, his backing of amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants, and his endorsement of the confirmation of Loretta Lynch as attorney general last month.

Republican caucus-goers said that the Bush family name is also holding him back, referring to his brother, former President George W. Bush, and his father, former President George H.W. Bush.

The Quinnipiac University poll published this week revealed that Bush would receive votes from just 5 percent of likely caucus-goers.

He came in seventh, behind Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Politico says.

"Campaign here, and those numbers will rebound," said another Iowa Republican. "It's still very early, and that's not reflective of what will happen on caucus night."

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has failed to show an interest in Iowa and that's the main reason he placed seventh for the GOP presidential nomination in the latest poll of likely Republican caucus-goers in the Hawkeye State, Politico reported.
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