Bush meeting with Rubio, Kasich and Cruz before debate: report
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Jeb Bush is meeting with the three Republican presidential candidates seeking to take down front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpIran claims U.S. to lift all oil sanctions but State Department says 'nothing is agreed' Ivanka Trump, Kushner distance themselves from Trump claims on election: CNN Overnight Defense: Joint Chiefs chairman clashes with GOP on critical race theory | House bill introduced to overhaul military justice system as sexual assault reform builds momentum MORE before Thursday's GOP debate, according to a new report.

Bush is huddling with Sens. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzNew Jersey governor tweaks Cruz on Cancun over moving truck quip Hirono tells Ted Cruz to stop 'mansplaining' Senate Republicans: Newly proposed ATF rules could pave way for national gun registry MORE (R-Texas) and Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Defense: Joint Chiefs warn against sweeping reform to military justice system | Senate panel plans July briefing on war authorization repeal | National Guard may have 'training issues' if not reimbursed Senate panel plans July briefing on war authorization repeal Rising violent crime poses new challenge for White House MORE (R-Fla.) and Ohio Gov. John Kasich before the Miami debate, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

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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.