Jeb Bush Campaign Latino Outreach: 228 Latinos Named for Bush's National Hispanic Leadership Committee
Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush announced his National Hispanic Leadership Committee, which comprises of more than 200 Latinos.
In an email sent to Latin Post, Bush's campaign listed the names of 228 Latinos that will further boost the former Florida governor's Latino outreach. The 228 individuals span across 20 states and two territories and, according to the campaign, will accompany thousands of fellow endorses to promote Bush's conservative record and "strong commitment to the Hispanic community."
"I'm honored to have these great Hispanic men and women join the fight for all American families, working to lower taxes and reduce regulations that make it harder for us to grow the economy and give people the opportunities they deserve. Together we will work to engage every Hispanic voter," said Bush in a statement.
Among the 228 Latinos are notable figures ranging from current and former elected officials and television personalities.
Former congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart, who represented Florida's 21st Congressional District between 1993 and 2011 and current chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI), is among the dozens of Floridians supporting Bush. The CHLI's chairman's brother and fellow congressman, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, representing Florida's 25th Congressional District, is also in the list with fellow Rep. Carlos Curbelo, congressman for Florida's 26th Congressional District, and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, congresswoman for Florida's 27th Congressional District.
Republican strategist and commentator Ana Navarro, who also serves as a contributor for ABC's "The View," is also with the Jeb! 2016 Hispanic Leadership Committee. Previously, Navarro was on Bush's Transition Team as became governor of Florida. She also served as the National Chair of 2008 Republican presidential candidate John McCain's Hispanic Advisory Council.
Based on Quinnipiac University's latest polling data in Florida, a state with 24.1 Latino population, Bush ranked fourth, with 12 percent, behind Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump (28 percent), retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson (21 percent) and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida (14 percent).
According to Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, Bush and Rubio are having trouble maintaining their respective relationships with Floridian voters.
"The generally more energized Republican party members, who backed former Gov. Bush and Sen. Rubio when they ran for office in the Sunshine State, are deserting the establishment candidates for the outsiders -- specifically Trump and Carson," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.
In a hypothetical match against Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton, Bush did manage to narrowly defeat her with 44 percent to 43 percent. Bush's numbers improved against Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., with 45 percent to 41 percent.
The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted between Sept. 25 and Oct. 5 with 1,174 Floridian voters.
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