WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Jeb Bush doesn’t need his brother to save his presidential campaign.
The former Florida governor has taken a hit in the polls recently. An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found Bush only polling at 7 percent among Republican primary voters, behind Carly Fiorina, Sen. Marco Rubio, Ben Carson and Donald Trump.
The Republican presidential hopeful is also trailing in early voting states. A CNN/WMUR New Hampshire survey places Bush in fifth place, while an NBC News/Marist poll in Iowa has him third behind Trump and Carson.
CBS News reports that there has been talk of bringing former President George W. Bush on the campaign trail to rally support. Jeb Bush told CBS News that he doesn’t need the former president to “rescue” him.
“He doesn’t need to rescue me,” Bush said. “I am on the path. I am totally confident where we are. I will continue to ask his advice and counsel, but I got to go win this. This is my job.”
Former President Bush hosted a fundraiser for his brother in Arkansas last Friday and will host another event in Denver next month, according to The New York Times. He also sent out a fundraising email to Jeb Bush supporters.
“I know what it takes to sit in the Oval Office and deal with the issues that come across the president’s desk. And I know that Jeb has was it takes to lead our nation,” the email reads.
Jeb Bush told CBS News that “what happens in October is completely irrelevant.”
“These polls don’t matter,” he said. “I don’t have a clue about what people’s expectations of me were. I really don’t care about that. I have a plan from the beginning to the end and we’re going to lay out provocative ideas to lift people up.”
Bush believes he will win one of the first four GOP contests, and maybe even as many as three.