George W. Bush to hit fundraising circuit for GOP candidates

George W. Bush to hit fundraising circuit for GOP candidates

Former President George W. Bush is set to headline several fundraisers for GOP candidates in the coming days across Florida and Texas.

Bush will make stops in Tampa and Palm Beach, Fla., on Friday to fundraise for Republican Senate nominee Gov. Rick Scott (R) in his bid to unseat Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William Nelson2020 party politics in Puerto Rico There is no winning without Latinos as part of your coalition Dem 2020 candidates court Puerto Rico as long nomination contest looms MORE (D), The Palm Beach Post reports.

Scott's fundraiser in Palm Beach, billed as a $1,000 to $25,000-per-person private event at an undisclosed location, will jointly benefit Scott's campaign and the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

“Gov. Scott is glad to accept the support of President Bush, Vice President Pence, and anyone who shares his views that we need to reform Washington. The governor appreciated the president endorsing his race when he came to Tampa in July,” Scott campaign spokesman Chris Hartline told the newspaper.

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The former president is also slated to appear at a closed-door event on Wednesday morning in Fort Worth, Texas, for GOP Rep. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdWhite House, GOP defend Trump emergency declaration GOP rep: Trump emergency declaration puts US in 'uncharted territory' Immigration groups press for pairing Dreamer benefits with border security MORE (Texas), Politico reports.

Next week, Bush will host a fundraiser in Fort Worth for North Dakota GOP Senate hopeful Rep. Kevin CramerKevin John CramerSenators highlight threat from invasive species Overnight Defense: Top general wasn't consulted on Syria withdrawal | Senate passes bill breaking with Trump on Syria | What to watch for in State of the Union | US, South Korea reach deal on troop costs GOP senators think Trump would win vote on emergency declaration MORE and another in Dallas for Rep. Pete SessionsPeter Anderson SessionsGOP House super PAC targets two freshman Dems with new ads Top 10 events of 2018 that shaped marijuana policy Washington braces for lengthy shutdown MORE (R-Texas), according to Politico.

A spokesman for Bush's office told the newspaper that the former president is hoping to help his party maintain its majority in the Senate while campaigning for vulnerable House Republicans.

"While he prefers to consider himself retired from politics, President Bush recognizes how important it is to keep the Senate and decided to help a few key candidates,” said spokesman Freddy Ford.

Bush has largely remained out of the public eye since leaving office, but in July issued a rare condemnation of hard-line rhetoric aimed at immigrants amid the Trump administration's family separation crisis.

"I think it doesn't recognize the valuable contributions that immigrants make to our society," Bush said in July. "And it obscures the fact — the rhetoric does — that the system is broken and needs to be fixed." 

Politico reports that the former president will be back on the campaign trail next month at yet-to-be-announced fundraisers for two more GOP Senate hopefuls: Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley and Indiana's Mike Braun, who are challenging Democratic Sens. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillMcCaskill: Lindsey Graham 'has lost his mind' Trey Gowdy joins Fox News as a contributor The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Trump AG pick Barr grilled at hearing | Judge rules against census citizenship question | McConnell blocks second House bill to reopen government MORE (Mo.) and Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyOvernight Energy: Trump taps ex-oil lobbyist Bernhardt to lead Interior | Bernhardt slams Obama officials for agency's ethics issues | Head of major green group steps down Trump picks ex-oil lobbyist David Bernhardt for Interior secretary EPA's Wheeler faces grilling over rule rollbacks MORE (Ind.), respectively.

The races, along with Scott's and Cramer's, are some of the most closely watched in the country as Republicans push to defend their 51-49 seat majority in the Senate.

A string of polls has shown Democrats with an advantage on a generic ballot ahead of the November midterm elections. Democrats are hoping to net at least 23 seats to win back control of the House.