As the 2016 presidential campaign heats up, Republicans Jeb Bush is one of several candidates making the rounds in the early primary state of South Carolina.
Bush was the featured guest Tuesday at a Greenville breakfast sponsored by Upstate business groups. The former Florida governor then traveled to a battered women’s shelter in Cayce Tuesday afternoon before heading across the river to Columbia for a reception with the state House GOP Caucus on Tuesday evening.
At the stop in Cayce, Bush said he is not running for president, at least not yet. “It’s been a blast as I go about the possibility of considering the possibility of running,” the former Florida governor said at an appearance with Governor Haley. Both were there to address the issue of domestic violence.
Haley told reporters not to take her joint appearance with Bush as a sign the governor is ready to give her blessing to a GOP presidential candidate. “I plan to be a really sweet host to all,” Haley said, after she and Bush privately toured a women’s shelter run by the nonprofit group Sistercare. “I don’t know if I’ll endorse, it’s not going to be anytime soon.”
Bush also plans to visit Myrtle Beach and Charleston later in the week.
Meanwhile, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker begins a similar trip to the Palmetto State on Thursday. Walker will headline SCGOP fundraisers in Columbia and Greenville. On Friday, he’s scheduled to be in Rock Hill and Charleston.
On the Democratic side, former Virginia Senator Jim Webb will spend the next two days in South Carolina. Webb is scheduled to meet with reporters to discuss his trip on Wednesday. On Thursday evening, he will appear at a fundraiser for SC House legislators Rep. Todd Rutherford, D-Columbia, and Mia McLeod, D-Columbia.