Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush, who have emerged as the potential frontrunners of the Republican presidential candidature, are scheduled to meet in Utah on Thursday.
Kristy Campbell, spokeswoman for Bush, said that the former governor of Florida is “looking forward to catching up with Governor Romney on Thursday and the meeting has long been scheduled”.
An adviser for Romney described the meeting of the Republican leaders as social. Both the leaders are said to be engaged in a behind-the-scenes rivalry for dollars as well as support among the party loyalists for the presidential election in 2016.
Meanwhile, some known sources who were familiar with the meeting said Bush had requested for the meet as a courtesy to the 2012 Republican nominee.
The sources also said that the meeting was scheduled before Romney had publicly expressed his desire to run for presidency the third time in 2016.
In September 2014, Bush had called a similar meeting with the 2008 presidential nominee, Senator John McCain.
The political analysts say as Romney has publicly announced his poll interest, the meeting will offer the two potential Republican nominees to measure each other’s intentions in 2016.
While the supporters of Romney question whether Bush has the passion and caliber to mount a successful bid for the Republican Party in 2016, Bush backers are skeptical about a third attempt by Romney for the White House.