Jeb Bush’s endorsement of Texas Senator Ted Cruz will not “go anywhere” as the former Florida governor is “no longer taken seriously,” says a political analyst.
The former presidential candidate who suspended his own campaign last month, announced endorsement for Cruz’s White House bid Wednesday.
“Jeb Bush has lost popularity and credibility. His endorsement of Cruz isn’t really going to go anywhere because he’s no longer taken seriously as a candidate or politician,” Costantino Rozzo, a candidate for the US House of Representatives, told Press TV.
Cruz, for his part, said he was “very grateful” for the endorsement, calling Bush “a good man.”
On the other hand, Rozzo believed it was unlikely for Cruz to be able to beat billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump, who has already gained “too much momentum” ahead of the 2016 presidential election.
Trump, whose mockery of Bush during GOP debates has become famous, reacted to his endorsement by calling him a “light energy” again.
“Low energy Jeb Bush just endorsed a man he truly hates, Lyin’ Ted Cruz. Honestly, I can’t blame Jeb in that I drove him into oblivion!” he said in a tweet.
Bush, brother and son to two former US presidents, dropped out after a disappointing showing in South Carolina's Republican primary on February 20.
In his endorsement statement, Bush said the GOP should “overcome the divisiveness and vulgarity [Donald Trump] has brought to the political arena.”