Jeb Bush is meeting with the three Republican presidential candidates seeking to take down front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump files paperwork to transfer businesses EPA freezes grant programs: reports Kellyanne Conway gets Secret Service protection MORE before Thursday's GOP debate, according to a new report.
Bush is huddling with Sens. Ted CruzTed CruzTrump's America: Businessmen in, bureaucrats out When Trump says 'Make America Great Again,' he means it Booker is taking orders from corporate pharmaceuticals MORE (R-Texas) and Marco RubioMarco RubioOvernight Energy: Senate panel clears Tillerson for State Senate panel votes to confirm Tillerson Overnight Defense: Trump nominates Air Force secretary | Senate clears CIA director | Details on first drone strike under Trump MORE (R-Fla.) and Ohio Gov. John Kasich before the Miami debate, The New York Times reported Wednesday.
Bush is meeting Rubio on Wednesday and speaking with Cruz and Kasich on Thursday before the debate.
It's unclear whether Bush will endorse a candidate before March 15, when both Ohio and Florida vote in winner-take-all primaries, the Times said.
Thursday’s debate is the twelfth and final contest of the Republican presidential primary, airing from Miami that evening on CNN.
It marks a pivotal last-minute chance for the GOP contenders to sell themselves to Floridians before they cast votes on March 15, awarding 99 delegates to their state’s primary winner.
Trump leads the Republican presidential field by nearly 16 points in the Sunshine State, according to the latest RealClearPolitics average of polls.
Bush, meanwhile, suspended his own Oval Office bid late last month after struggling for voter support despite his campaign’s vast fundraising and his personal name value.
He exited the White House race on Feb. 20 after a disappointing fourth place finish in South Carolina’s GOP presidential primary.
Reports emerged on late Tuesday that former President George W. Bush, Jeb Bush’s brother, has no plans of issuing a presidential endorsement following his sibling’s departure from the race.
Trump commands a roughly 14-point edge over his Republican presidential rivals nationwide, according to the latest RealClearPolitics average of polls.