Jeb Bush Stumps for GOP in Michigan, 'Very Optimistic' About Republican Sweep

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush told Republicans here the midterm elections will be “huge” and he believes his fellow Republicans should be able to send “Harry Reid back to minority status, and God willing, all the way back to Nevada” on Nov. 4.

Bush spoke to a small gathering of the GOP faithful Oct. 13 as he began a one-day, statewide campaign swing with Michigan Republican Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land.

The Land campaign bus ride that began in Grand Rapids ended with a $500-a-person campaign event dubbed the “Governor’s Gala,” featuring Bush, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and former Michigan Gov. John Engler.

The Michigan GOP also offered a $5,000 per person private roundtable and photo opportunity with the governors during the Gala in suburban Detroit.

Bush said in Grand Rapids that if Land won the Senate seat being vacated by retiring Democrat Carl Levin she would be one more Republican vote against Reid.

Land also assured the party faithful in Grand Rapids that she would do more than be the 51st vote to end Reid’s reign as majority leader of the Senate. She also promised to do her best to “repeal Obamacare and rein in the EPA” if elected.

Ironically, Land’s photo was left off of a montage of GOP candidates in Michigan that was posted over the door through which she and Bush entered the room and walked to the podium.

Her poll numbers have been bad enough to justify exclusion from the photo montage. She has not led a poll against her challenger, Rep. Gary Peters (D-Mich.), since early September.

As Republicans were settling into their seats inside the Detroit Marriott in Troy, Mich., for the Governor’s Gala, Mitchell Research released a survey of likely Michigan voters that showed Peters leading Land by 11 points, 50 percent to 39 percent.

Even though the Michigan Senate race was not one the GOP has been bragging about, Bush told PJ Media he was confident Republicans would take the majority in the U.S. Senate and might even win some governors’ races.

If nothing else, he said, the GOP could always point to President Obama and Harry Reid.

Bush said people are often motivated to vote in midterm elections because they want to send a message to the party in power. That party this time is the Democratic Party, led by Obama, whose approval rating is very low.

“Most Americans, irrespective of their ideology, want problems solved and Republicans are offering tangible solutions,” said Bush. “I am very optimistic.”