Florida Governor Jeb Bush will reportedly skip an important forum in Iowa, which hosts the first-in-the-nation presidential nominating caucuses and where voters are much more conservative than Bush on illegal immigration.
Citing a “scheduling conflict,” Bush reportedly declined an invitation to attend the inaugural Freedom Summit event in Iowa on January 24, which Citizens United and Rep. Steve King (R-IA) are co-hosting. Numerous potential 2016 GOP presidential candidates will speak at the forum.
Bush, who has said illegal immigration is an “act of love,” is at odds with the conservative base–and most likely many Iowa caucus-goers–on immigration. King has been one of Congress’s most vigilant and top anti-amnesty stalwarts.
Bush declined the invite days after Sen. Jeff Flake (R-IA) said he is urging pro-amnesty candidates like Bush to skip Iowa and court more moderate voters in states like New Hampshire.
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT), Dr. Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, and Mike Huckabee are among those who are scheduled to speak at the blockbuster event.