With the Republican candidates meeting once again for a debate in South Carolina, Jeb Bush is going to need a lot of support as candidates are pulling out. Fortunately, he has the support of his older brother, George W. Bush, and a radio ad could give him more support in a state that has been positive to Bush candidates in the past.
According to CNN Politics, George W. Bush is going on the radio to support his younger brother. This support comes in the form of an advertisement on South Carolina, which what Jeb is trying to win after the New Hampshire primary ended much better than was predicted.
The ex-president said this about this brother on the ad: "Jeb has dealt with crises as the governor of Florida, and he did so with steadiness, and a calmness necessary in a good leader." He also added: "He respects the military -- he honors their families. He can make the tough decision to keep Americans safe and our country free. And in a time of crisis, he will be a steady hand."
This radio ad is the first time that George W. Bush has appeared in a campaign ad for the Florida governor and his younger brother. Senator Lindsey Graham, now supporting Jeb Bush after ending his presidential bid, told reporters that "the Bush family name is long and deep in South Carolina". He also added: "41 and 43 are well-respected. The Bush family has been generations of servants. That will matter in my state".
The numbers 41 and 43 are references to the number of presidents, with George H.W. Bush being the 41st U.S. president and George W. Bush being the 43rd. Both of these presidents had a lot of support from South Carolina when they were running, and it is clear that Jeb Bush is attempting to use the Bush name to gain more support.
As it stands, the radio ad could boost support for Jeb Bush with the Republican candidates ready to square off at The Peace Center in Greenville, South Carolina, on Saturday, February 13th. Heavy.com reports that Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, John Kasich, and Jeb Bush have all qualified to appear due to their performances in Iowa and New Hampshire. Ben Carson is also likely to qualify as well.
At this point in time, it is expected to see more Republican candidates drop out as Chris Christie left the race after finishing sixth place in New Hampshire. Then Carly Fiorina followed, and many are expecting Jim Gilmore to follow suit, as he did not receive even 1 percent of the vote in Iowa or New Hampshire, and cannot qualify for the debate.
For those that want to watch the debate for themselves, it will air on CBS at 9 PM ET (8 PM CT, 7 PM MT, and 6 PM PT), and it can be live streamed at CBSNews.com.