George W. Bush comes out of hiding to make fundraising pitch for flailing Jeb

Meanwhile, Jeb mimics his big brother on the campaign trail: "A president is a decider"

Published August 20, 2015 7:08PM (EDT)

  (Reuters/Jim Young/Rebecca Cook/Photo montage by Salon)
(Reuters/Jim Young/Rebecca Cook/Photo montage by Salon)

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush turned to his older brother, former President George W. Bush, to solicit donations to his campaign today.

In a "Dear Friend" email addressed to supporters, George W. Bush confessed to "rarely send[ing] emails like this" and thanked Jeb! backers for "taking the time to read my note" before make his pitch for campaign cash.

"This is a consequential time in our nation’s history, and we need a strong leader," George W. wrote. "

He’s got a tough road ahead -- take it from someone who's been there."

W. promised that, if elected, Jeb would perform in the White House as he had in the Tallahassee state house, claiming that "Jeb took on tough challenges as Florida’s Governor and delivered results. I know he will do the same as President.


"My brother will be a tremendous President," George W. Bush promised before gently adding, "Laura and I appreciate your consideration and send our best wishes."

The e-mail included a link asking supporters to "stand behind" Jeb and donate $100, $50 or $25.

Big brother George will also be a part of an October fundraiser with high-level bundlers. The Houston event, dubbed "Jeb Celebration," will be headlined by the rest of the Bush family, including former President George H.W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush.

At a New Hampshire town hall event last night, Jeb made another reference to his brother when responding to a question on how he would select a vice presidential candidate:

It’s the first decision that a party nominee makes that’s an indication of how you make decisions as president. Once you get to the bottom line of this, a president is a decider. A president leads by making decisions.

Jeb's campaign continues to be a fundraising juggernaut but there are new reports that some Bush donors have contacted a super PAC supporting Ohio Governor John Kasich, another "moderate" popular in New Hampshire and the one-time, supposedly prohibitive frontrunner has only seen his poll numbers stagnant if not slip since the first Republican presidential debate.

By Sophia Tesfaye

Sophia Tesfaye is Salon's senior editor for news and politics, and resides in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @SophiaTesfaye.

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