George W. Bush Has Strong Words for a GOP Presidential Hopeful and It Isn't Donald Trump

Although former president George W. Bush has chosen not to stay in the spotlight, he recently emerged at a fundraising event on Sunday.

He also called out a challenger to his brother Jeb's candidacy for the Republican nomination--yet, it wasn't Donald Trump, Ben Carson or even Marco Rubio. It was actually Ted Cruz, who worked for Bush’s election campaign in 2000 before joining the administration from 2001 to 2003.

Of his remarks, one donor said “I was like, ‘Holy sh*t, did he just say that?’ I remember looking around and seeing that other people were also looking around surprised. The tenor of what he said about the other candidates was really pretty pleasant. Until he got to Cruz.”

Bush said, "I just don't like the guy." At billionaire industrialist Lanny Martin’s condominium adjacent to the Daniel Liebskind-designed Denver Art Museum, Bush never discussed his record or Trump's attacks on his foreign policy record. According to the RealClearPolitics polling average, Cruz is currently in fourth place. Cruz responded to Bush's statements by saying:

“I have great respect for George W Bush, and was proud to work on his 2000 campaign and in his administration. It’s no surprise that President Bush is supporting his brother and attacking the candidates he believes pose a threat to his campaign. I have no intention of reciprocating. I met my wife Heidi working on his campaign, and so I will always be grateful to him.”

Jeb Bush, on the other hand, brought in a lower than expected fundraising haul in the recent quarter. There have even been reported salary cuts to staffers. Yet, according to a HuffPost/YouGov poll, George W. Bush maintains an 80 percent favorability rating among Republicans.

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