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GOP observers say it will be a challenge for Jeb Bush to win over the conservatives that turn out for CPAC. (Associated Press)

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GOP financial strategist Spencer Zwick, who was the national finance chair for Mitt Romney's 2012 campaign, said that the Republicans' 2016 candidate must take a moderate stance on immigration that advocates a pathway to citizenship. (Associated Press)

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., accompanied by House Democrats, calls on their GOP colleagues to pass a funding bill for the Homeland Security Department that does not contain provisions aimed at blocking President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration, Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington5. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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After failing to secure the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum has his work cut out for him to get on the GOP ballot in 2016 — chiefly coming up with a strategy for Iowa. (associated press)

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Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is hopeful that his next try at the GOP presidential nomination will be a far smoother affair than his 2012 attempt, in which he infamously forgot the name of one federal agency he would eliminate if elected. (Associated Press)

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Illustration on the 2016 GOP presidential race by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

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White House Press secretary Josh Earnest said the GOP hasn't yet come to the table yet to discuss Social Security reform with President Obama. (Associated Press)

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Though the president's budget proposal was met with widespread criticism by GOP lawmakers on Capitol Hill Monday, cybersecurity is likely going to be one area where both parties find common ground. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais )

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Former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks at Mississippi State University in Starkville, Miss., on Jan. 28, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

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Illustration on contenders for the GOP nomination for president by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

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Former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks at Mississippi State University in Starkville, Miss., in this Jan. 28, 2015, file photo. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) ** FILE **

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The administration asked the federal court late Monday to dismiss the House lawsuit against President Obama, saying he is faithfully carrying out his health law and the GOP lawmakers who filed the legal challenge have no right to sue. (Associated Press)

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Even Mitt Romney has moved to distance himself from his notorious "47 percent" remarks as he prepares for a third run at the White House, saying that the GOP needs to find ways to connect with middle class families that are struggling to make ends meet. (Associated Press)

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Even Mitt Romney has moved to distance himself from his notorious "47 percent" remarks as he prepares for a third run at the White House, saying that the GOP needs to find ways to connect with middle class families that are struggling to make ends meet. (Associated Press)

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The conservative core of the Republican Party has long been leery of John Boehner and Mitch McConnell, who are viewed derisively as establishment stalwarts. (Associated Press)

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Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker is one of 23 potential GOP presidential hopefuls heading to the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines on Saturday to test their messages. (Associated Press)

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Immigration advocates say the GOP must keep Iowa Rep. Steve King's anti-amnesty policies at bay to win in 2016. (Associated Press)

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Sen. Joni Ernst, a freshman Iowa Republican, delivered the GOP's official response to President Obama's address. (Associated Press)

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House Speaker John Boehner, left, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell meet with the press at the GOP retreat at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, Pa., Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. (AP Photo/PennLive.com, Mark Pynes ) ** FILE **

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So far, the GOP does not have much enthusiasm for a possible third run for the White House by former presidential candidate Mitt Romney. (Associated Press)