GOP Sens. Hatch, Heller endorse Bush

Republican Sens. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchGOP leaders hesitant to challenge Trump on Saudi Arabia Congress should work with Trump and not 'cowboy' on Saudi Arabia, says GOP senator US to open trade talks with Japan, EU, UK MORE (Utah) and Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerPoll: Dems lead in Indiana, West Virginia Senate races, tied in Nevada Poll:Majority of voters say health care 'very important' to them in midterms The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Health care a top policy message in fall campaigns MORE (Nev.) are throwing their support behind former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush ahead of an event in Reno, Nev., on Wednesday.

"Our nation is at a crossroads. It is in dire need of a proven leader. That leader is Jeb Bush,” Heller said in a statement to the Reno Gazette-Journal. “The nation needs the pragmatic, conservative, principled leadership that only Jeb provides. And Jeb understands why Nevada is important when appealing to the majority of American voters."


Heller, in the statement, also cited Bush's record as governor and that he believes "in growing the party and uniting it" ahead of the 2016 election as key factors in his decision.

"Jeb believes in growing the party and uniting it as he runs for president. That's exactly what America needs," Heller said. "Someone who has the vision, the experience, and the ability to bring our nation forward to experience the best days ahead of it. That person is Gov. Jeb Bush. I proudly endorse him to become the next president of the United States."

Meanwhile, Hatch called Bush a "proven leader" and highlighted the former Florida governor's fiscal record.

“He has a real record of cutting taxes, fostering job creation, and reforming government. I know Jeb will return the United States to a position of leadership in the world," Hatch said in a statement, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal.

Though the two Republicans are throwing their support behind Bush early, the endorsements of many of their Senate colleagues remain up for grabs. With a crowded Republican field, including four senators, many lawmakers have refrained from publicly backing a candidate.

Hatch and Heller are expected to officially announce their endorsements at a campaign event in Reno on Wednesday with Bush. It's a state that Bush's brother, former President George W. Bush, won in the 2000 Republican primary election.

Nevada is also an early-voting state in the primary contest, following Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.