Jeb Bush Speaks Fluent GOP in Spanish-Language Ads

The popular former Florida governor is reaching out to Hispanic voters in a key state and two districts.

Coming soon to televisions in Colorado, California's Central Valley and Tucson, Arizona: Jeb Bush, touting Republican candidates ...  in Spanish.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is utilizing the popular and bilingual ex-Florida governor in ads promoting Colorado Senate candidate Cory Gardner, freshman Representative David Valadao of California, and House candidate Martha McSally in Arizona. Bush's role underscores his status as a popular surrogate for Republican candidates at at time when he's also weighing a presidential campaign in 2016.

Gardner, a  two-term House member in Colorado, is seeking to unseat Democratic Senator Mark Udall in a state where more than one-fifth of residents are Hispanic, making it the only Senate battleground state where Hispanics are a decently-sized voting bloc. The National Republican Senatorial Committee also is running a Spanish-language ad attacking Udall. Gardner and Udall participated in a candidate debate Monday.

Here's Bush's ad for Gardner:

McSally is trying to unseat Democratic Representative Ron Barber in a rematch of a 2012 race that Barber won by less than one percentage point. The district, Arizona's 2nd, is among just nine nationwide that voted that year to send a Democrat to the House and also opposed Obama's re-election. It's a bit more than one-fourth Hispanic.

 Valadao represents a district, numbered the 21st, that's more than 70 percent Hispanic, the second-highest percentage in any district held by a Republican. It also was the most pro-Obama district of the 17 that voted in 2012 for a House Republican and for Obama, who took 55 percent in Valadao's district. Nonetheless, he's favored to defeat Democrat Amanda Renteria, who will be a beneficiary of a campaign visit Tuesday from Vice President Joe Biden in Bakersfield.

 

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