Jeb Bush to Endorse Huntsman
Huntsman Hopes Bush Support Will Lift Campaig

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush will endorse Jon Huntsman. Huntsman is hoping the endorsement will turn around his campaign.

Aryeh ben Hayim,

Jeb Bush
Jeb Bush

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, brother of former President George W. Bush, will be endorsing former Utah governor and former ambassador to China Jon Huntsman for the Republican nomination.

Huntsman is counting on this nomination to bolster his chances in the Florida primary and convince the media and Republican voters that he is a serious candidate.

Currently he is mired in single digit support and is attempting to retool his campaign organization. Although he started out at the left of the Republican presidential pack, Huntsman is realigning his position and has criticized Barack Obama sharply on the deficit issue.
While it is not certain that the Bush endorsement can revive Huntsman's sputtering campaign, it may be partially motivated by a desire to block Texas governor Rick Perry, who is expected to announce his candidacy this weekend.
There is little love lost between the Bush clan and Perry. Perry has claimed that George W. Bush was a bogus fiscal conservative and engaged in irresponsible spending both as governor of Texas and subsequently as president.  
In the 2010 gubernatorial elections, Bush intimates backed US Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson against Perry. Operatives such as Dick Cheney, campaign strategist Karl Rove and former Secretary of State James Baker endorsed Hutchinson. Perry won handily.