Fallin, Bush visit Tuesday in Oklahoma could benefit both

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: April 8, 2014

Former Florida Gov. and possible presidential candidate Jeb Bush is visiting a charter school in Oklahoma City with Gov. Mary Fallin in a public event that could be mutually beneficial for the two politicians.

Bush and Fallin are to meet Tuesday afternoon with teachers and students from the KIPP College Preparatory School.

The visit gives Fallin an opportunity for a plug from a high-profile Republican as she ramps up her 2014 re-election bid. And while Bush hasn’t committed to a presidential run in 2016, the visit gives him an opportunity to lay some groundwork in a state that Republicans like to boast is “the reddest of the red.”

Rick Santorum twice visited Oklahoma, the state he called “ground zero of the conservative movement,” before winning Oklahoma’s GOP primary in 2012.