MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. – Jeb Bush says that his mother, Barbara Bush, will campaign for him again in South Carolina with days to go until the state’s Republican primary.
The former Florida governor said Tuesday that his mother, the former First Lady, would join him on the road as she did ahead of the New Hampshire primary.
Campaign spokeswoman Kristy Campbell said Barbara Bush would come to South Carolina on Thursday and stay through Saturday when South Carolina votes for a Republican presidential nominee.
Haley won’t endorse Trump
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley says she may not endorse anyone ahead of Saturday’s first-in-the-South GOP primary, but if she does, it certainly won’t be Donald Trump.
Haley said Tuesday she’s still trying to make up her mind. But she said Trump represents “everything a governor doesn’t want in a president.” On Monday, Trump said Haley’s not fighting the federal government hard enough on Syrian refugees and Guantanamo detainees.
Haley says Trump doesn’t know what he’s talking about. She says governors want a president who will work with and fight for them, not come into their state and bash them. She called Trump’s comments “quite Obama-like.”
Sharpton mum on endorsement
If the Rev. Al Sharpton plans to make an endorsement in the 2016 Democratic primaries, he isn’t talking.
Sharpton and Hillary Clinton left a closed-door meeting at the National Urban League in New York and the former presidential candidate says only he and Clinton know but “they ain’t telling.”
Clinton jokes, “My lips are sealed.”
The former secretary of state met with black leaders in New York. Sharpton tells reporters that for the first time, the nation will “see a black family leave the White House. We don’t want black concerns to leave with them.”
Kasich wants country to unite
Republican presidential candidate John Kasich says Americans have drifted apart and are divided by the cable television news programs that they watch.
The Ohio governor is concluding a two-day campaign swing through Michigan Tuesday where he’s telling voters that the country must unite again. He says that all citizens should play a role in fixing education, and addressing drug and poverty problems in their communities.
Kasich, who is campaigning in the state ahead of Michigan’s March 8 primary, says Washington has had inadequate leadership and he would “take the heat” for making unpopular decisions.
Cruz criticizes Trump over insults
Ted Cruz suggests that Donald Trump would not be the kind of president children should look up to.
Cruz, campaigning in South Carolina Tuesday, said “any parent would be very dismayed” if their children repeated the language Trump uses in his rallies.
Cruz said the president should be someone who brings people together and defends our values, “not one who attacks and insults with vulgarities anyone who might question his record.”
Cruz said South Carolina voters want a president who “won’t engage in the insults, who won’t roll around in the mud, who won’t unleash profanity at whatever unsuspecting citizen might be walking down the street.”
South Carolina’s Republican presidential primary is scheduled for this Saturday.
Rubio: Tax returns to be released soon
Marco Rubio says he’s planning to release his tax returns “any day” — or even “momentarily.”
The Republican presidential candidate addressed the release of his tax returns Tuesday as he campaigned in South Carolina.
He released several years of returns during his 2010 Senate campaign, but has yet to release any returns beyond the 2009 tax year.
Rubio did not specify the release date when pressed by The Associated Press Tuesday, but said it would be soon. He plans to release returns covering tax years from 2009 through 2014.
It’s common for leading presidential candidates to release their returns.
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