Jeb Bush is meeting with the three Republican presidential candidates seeking to take down front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpRobert Gates says 'extreme polarization' is the greatest threat to US democracy Cassidy says he won't vote for Trump if he runs in 2024 Schiff says holding Bannon in criminal contempt 'a way of getting people's attention' MORE before Thursday's GOP debate, according to a new report.
Bush is huddling with Sens. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzThe Memo: Conservatives change their tune on big government The CDC's Title 42 order fuels racism and undermines public health Ocasio-Cortez goes indoor skydiving for her birthday MORE (R-Texas) and Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioRepublicans would need a promotion to be 'paper tigers' Defense & National Security — Military starts giving guidance on COVID-19 vaccine refusals Blinken pressed to fill empty post overseeing 'Havana syndrome' MORE (R-Fla.) and Ohio Gov. John Kasich before the Miami debate, The New York Times reported Wednesday.
The former Florida governor repeatedly clashed with Trump during his own GOP presidential campaign, which ended late last month after disappointing results in early-voting states.
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.