Bush, Ryan focus on poverty while courting donors

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NEW YORK (AP) — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan are courting some of Wall Street's most powerful political donors.

The Republican leaders called for stronger anti-poverty efforts and improved public education while speaking to hedge fund executives at a Monday night Manhattan Institute award ceremony.

Both Bush and Ryan are considering 2016 presidential bids, where Wall Street donors are poised to play a significant role.

Such donors are already sizing up the evolving 2016 field after pumping millions of dollars into the last presidential race.

They largely represent the pragmatic wing of the Republican Party that's frustrated by the GOP's more ideological members. Such donors have emerged as major players in party politics on both sides in recent years after a court ruling loosened campaign finance laws.

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