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The youngest son of the Bush dynasty, Jeb Bush is the former Republican governor of Florida, and often seen as the shoe-in for the 2016 Republican nomination.

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last 24 hours | forbes
Marijuana And The GOP Debate - Forbes
"...However, the candidates confuse the issue. Marijuana isn't a gateway drug to heroin, which is a serious problem. Prescription drugs are the gateway. However, none of the candidates is going after those pharmaceutical companies. No one will fault Ms. Fiorina for feeling passionately about the subject because that's a horrible way to lose a child. Yet, marijuana isn't a drug that causes overdoses...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1184 days ago | news.vice
Republicans Get Blunt About Marijuana at GOP Debate
"...Advocates and industry professionals point out that legalizing cannabis is not only a criminal justice issue, it's also a financial one. The legal marijuana industry is a rapidly growing source of revenue, with the market ballooning from $1.5 billion in 2013 to $2.7 billion in 2014."The marijuana industry helps create jobs, taxes, is made in the USA, and is the fastest-growing industry in the USA," said David Dinenberg, CEO of Kind Financial, a marijuana industry financial services company. "Marijuana reform is a very important topic to the voters, and will play a large part in determining our next president."..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1185 days ago | ibtimes
GOP War On Drugs Waning? Republicans Debate Marijuana Legalization - International Business Times
"...The tough talk on justice changed in the mid-2000's. State Republican leaders were the first in the party to embrace mass incarceration reform, said Inimai Chettiar, director of the Justice Program at New York University's Brennan Center For Justice, a think tank based in New York City.When former Texas Gov. Rick Perry in 2007 instituted policies to improve efficiency in the criminal justice system and stop the steady increase in inmate numbers, it sent a message to other Republican state leaders that if Texas, a state known to have one of the harshest prison systems in the U.S., could reform its system, they could too, Chettiar said...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1185 days ago | brookings
Marijuana gets airtime in the GOP presidential debate
"...He engaged criminal justice issues, arguing the war on drugs has had a racial outcome, and really has been something that has really damaged our inner cities. He spoke about marijuana policy in terms of healthcare and patient advocacy, invoking the case of a child who uses CBD oil for a seizure disorder.He laid out a conservative's case for supporting at least medical marijuana legalization and provided a basis for conservatives to support recreational marijuana, as well. Paul also spoke on the issue with confidence and aggression, weaving together anecdotes and criticisms in ways that made his counterparts look unprepared. Sen. Paul also demonstrated that the marijuana issue is important, bound to keep coming up, and is an area he is thoroughly comfortable discussing, especially if other GOP contenders eschew it...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


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1185 days ago | reason
On Marijuana, Chris Christie Remains the Republican Outlier
"...Jeb Bush, who unlike Christie says states should be free to set their own marijuana policies, also suggested that he supports access to the drug for bona fide patients. Although he opposed a 2014 Florida ballot initiative that would have legalized medical use, Bush said, he supported a lawauthorizing the use of low-THC, high-CBD cannabis oil as a "last resort" for patients with epilepsy or cancer. That program, assuming it's implemented, will not help patients with other conditions or patients who need THC for symptom relief. Still, it's telling that pretty much everyone (including former drug czar Bill Bennett) feels compelled to support some kind of access to cannabis-based medicine, a policy that has long been favored by a large majority of Americans.It is also significant that Paul, Bush, Fiorina, and Christie all were at least implicitly critical of the war on drugs, supporting treatment rather than jail for addicts "more rehabilitation and less incarceration," as Paul put it. "I'm for rehabilitation," Christie said. "I think the war on drugs has been a failure." What Christie means by that, of course, is not quite the same as what Rand Paul (or even President Obama) means. Furthermore, the "drug court" system that all four candidates seemed to support relies on the continued criminalization of drug users, who are forced to choose between jail and treatment...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1185 days ago | vice
The Most Surprising Moment from Wednesday's Republican Presidential Debate
"...Supporting marijuana decriminalization, decrying racism in the justice system, and backing a re-think of the prison-industrial complex aren't exactly novel stances for Paul. But Bush is a prototypical country-club Republican, just as comfortable hob-nodding with billionaires as with Florida soccer moms. That he speaks so openly about his past little bro George W. ducked and weaved regarding his own drug use back in 1999 reflects the rapidly-shifting national dialogue about drugs and the law."The exchange shows just how popular marijuana law reform particularly medical cannabis is with Americans," said Tom Angell, chairman of the legalization advocacy group Marijuana Majority. "Even those candidates who personally oppose legalization are at least saying the federal government shouldn't arrest patients who are following state laws. And that means changing federal law. It's hard to imagine a discussion like this happening two or three election cycles ago."..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1185 days ago | salon
GOP debate: Jeb Bush awkwardly cops to smoking pot after Rand Paul bashes hypocritical rich kids

"...Paul noting that there is a racial component to the War on Drugs was a startling statement in the library of Ronald Reagan, the president whose wife was partly responsible for pushing draconian anti-drug policies. He continued, explaining that pointless drug laws disproportionately affect lower-income individuals. Not only do the drugs damage them, he said, but we damage them again by incarcerating them and causing them to be unable to find employment. Tapper asked Paul to identify the hypocrite he mentioned sharing a stage with, to which he replied that if we leave it open, we can find out how many of them smoked pot in high school. But Jeb Bush confessed that it referred to him. He was talking about me, Bush said, So, forty years ago, I smoked marijuana. I'm sure other people have done it, but they don't want to admit it in front of 25 million people. My mom's not happy that I just did. ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1185 days ago | cnn
So, who won the Republican debate?

"...Jeb Bush. After several bad weeks, Jeb Bush could really have used a good night. He didn't have it. Bush, like Huntsman in '12 and Dukakis in '88, seems to shrink under the klieg lights. He was nervous, halting, and just painfully uninspiring. Politics in our polarized age is about motivation and Bush gave no indication that he could motivate anyone to get out of bed and vote on a rainy day in November...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1226 days ago | heavy
Who Won the Fox Republican Debate? Recap & Analysis
"...After a poor week on the campaign trail where he gave Hilary Clinton an opportunity to attack him by stumbling over his speaking points about defunding Planned Parenthood, saying I'm not sure we need half a billion dollars for women's health issues, Bush gave a lackluster performance at the debate, failing to differentiate himself significantly from the pack. This may have given Scott Walker the opening he need to be the top non-Trump choice for the nomination.For example, when given a chance by the hosts to directly attack Trump over his statements about Mexican immigrants which Bush, whose wife is Mexican, took high offense to Bush took the high road, failing to give viewers a chance to see his passion and contempt for Trump's views. ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1226 days ago | foxnews
Trump loses Republican debate but Rubio, Cruz and others triumph

"...Former Governor Jeb Bush failed to excite. His delivery was not crisp, and once again he got himself tangled up answering a question about the Iraq war. Really, he needs to get this down his slightly fuzzy answers about his brother and the Iraq invasion make him appear irresolute. Maybe he really is simply rusty. The only issue on which he scored was education; he defends his support of Common Core with vigor...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1226 days ago | mediaite
Who Were the Big Winners and Losers at the GOP Debates?
"...Loser: Jeb Bush. Uninspiring. Almost invisible when juxtaposed against the other nine candidates on stage. Bush already had no margin for error given the family brand name, and his campaign has been uneven and unconfident since it began...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1226 days ago | washingtonpost
The winners of the first Republican debate

"...Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was polished and error free, defending his immigration views and support for school standards, reiterating his opposition to federally-imposed curriculum reminding the audience of his considerable conservative achievements. His best moment came with a defense of a pro-growth agenda with a goal of 4 percent growth...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1226 days ago | hollywoodreporter
John Kasich Won the Debate
"...Is there a blander, more boring personality in American politics? The guy looks like the runny yolk of a fried egg. He's trying to be assertive tonight because he's been told he needs to project "passion." But when his lips move, there's still a big blank. Why the heck the major media hails him as the GOP frontrunner is beyond comprehension except that big money has been showering down on him like powdered sugar on a donut. Why do Jeb's smiles remind me of a dimply grandmother? He could and should have been a high school principal. I don't see him on the world stage, holding the line against ISIS...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1226 days ago | theatlantic
Scott Walker and Jeb Bush Have a Rough Night

"...For Walker and Bush, though, the evening was a disappointment. Both men planned their debate on the assumption that it was more important to survive than to win. Jeb Bush, after all, is the heavy favorite among the Republican Party's big donors, a group that usually gets its way. Scott Walker has positioned himself as the single candidate least unacceptable to all major Republican factions the kind of candidate who got picked in the era of the smoke-filled room and who still often prevails today (think Bob Dole for the Republicans in 1996, or John Kerry for the Democrats in 2004). Novelty candidates may flare from time to time, as they did in 2012, but Bush and Walker have the financial and political resources for the long march or so they and their backers can believe...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1226 days ago | theatlantic
Party leaders now have to worry whether Walker might actually be a less-articulate and self-disciplined version of Ted Cruz.

"...As for Jeb Bush, he had the worst night of all. His job in these debates is to replicate Mitt Romney in 2012: to prove himself the most professional, most knowledgeable, and least-flawed choice in a big field. The activists may not like it, but as one after one of their preferred alternatives falters, they will have to submit to the reality, Guys, there's only one potential president on that stage. ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1226 days ago | newyorker
Nobody Wins, Trump Stays In

"...The most fractured rhetoric on the purpose of American military action, though, came from Bush, and in a way that shows his weakness as a candidate. Kelly asked him how he could look at the families of soldiers who'd died in Iraq and say that your brother's war was a mistake. His answer had a stream-of-consciousness quality to it. Bush mentioned twice how difficult it had been for him to talk to families of soldiers in Florida ( It was really hard to do ), said that Obama shouldn't have left Iraq, and ended with something like a non sequitur about how to honor the people that died, we need to we need to stop the Iran agreement, for sure. He has been asked this question, in one form or another, more times than there are Republican candidates in the primaries. He still doesn't have an answer...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1226 days ago | yahoo
In night of introductions to national audience, Jeb Bush underperforms - Yahoo Politics
"...Jeb Bush was uneven and tepid in his first debate as a presidential candidate.The former Florida governor struggled to find a comfort zone in the debate setting, looking at times like he was trying to process a multitude of thoughts simultaneously, very unlike his more confident self on the campaign trail in less formal settings.If Bush is workmanlike in a speech, but animated and inspired in a question-and-answer session or a town hall setting, then in his first time on the debate stage he looked uncertain...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1226 days ago | abcnews.go
Republican Presidential Debate: Winners and Losers of the First GOP Showdown

"...He was forced to explain his break with the party on immigration, was booed on his education stance, and continued to struggle with questions about the Iraq War and political dynasty. While he did nothing tonight to overtly damage his candidacy, he also failed to dispel the deep skepticism over his candidacy inside the party.But Bush rose above the fray after Trump attacked Bush's brother, former President George W. Bush, for giving the country to Obama. Bush also denied published reports that he's privately called Trump a buffoon and worse. Mr. Trump's language is divisive, Jeb Bush said. We're going to win when we unite people with a hopeful and optimistic message. Worth noting, however, that when Bush bragged in his opening remarks of his nickname as governor of Florida -- Veto Corleone, as he does regularly on the trail -- he's referencing a movie that was released in 1972...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1226 days ago | economist
Who were the debate's winners and losers?
"...Jeb Bush, a former Florida governor, performed with unmemorable adequacy. At times he displayed an appealing, easy-going, articulate self-assurance, but his lack of zest and a handful of trivial verbal stumbles kept him from gaining momentum. His name and fundraising advantage will hold him in good stead for the time being, but he'll need to shake off the rust and turn up the wattage if he is to capture the loyalty of an already lukewarm conservative base...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1226 days ago | cnbc
What Trump and Bush did wrong in the debate
"...Jeb Bush got caught in the crossfire after Trump attacked his family name. Bush needed to stand tall and maintain eye contact. He should've challenged Trump directly and forcefully with both body and verbal language that shows you won't back down. If Vladimir Putin or some other leader attacks the United States, we want our president to fight back. So how did Bush respond to the attack on the family name? I've seen stronger fights on "Gossip Girl." Jeb Bush should have been more forceful in defending his family name...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1226 days ago | nationaljournal
John Kasich Is Stealing Jeb Bush's Thunder
"...Bush made no major blunders, but he looked out of his element at times. It was clear that his free-wheeling style and aversion to the choreography of politics was preventing him from making a bigger mark. He stumbled (again) over a question about his brother's decision to invade Iraq, clumsily pivoting to Iran at the end. He wasn't as forceful on his key issue immigration reform as he could have been, especially with Donald Trump standing next to him on stage. "He seemed a little pale, a little flat," Fox News moderator Chris Wallace said in the network's post-debate coverage.Bush didn't look like the confident front-runner on stage Thursday night and he's been stagnant in recent polling despite his name identification. If there's room for an establishment alternative, Kasich is well-positioned to capitalize. The Ohio governor's deliberate line of being the "son of a mailman" offers a stark contrast to Bush's elite upbringing. And if style matters as much as substance to Republicans something that Donald Trump's surge has demonstrated Kasich's ability to connect with voters emotionally trumps Bush's ability to do the same...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1226 days ago | forbes
Kasich, Bush And Christie Won The First GOP Debate
"...Jeb Bush the other adult in the room. He has a modulated voice, a sober demeanor, and his thoughtfulness worked tonight particularly because there was a lot of anger in the room. He was persuasive about being a conservative on life, on the budget, and on faith. At the same time, he also showed that he can speak to the broader electorate as well on immigration and education...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1226 days ago | usatoday
Jeb dead. Rand wounded. Fiorina shines. Folks fuming at Fox: Column - USA TODAY

"...There are three sub-primaries happening simultaneously within the Republican Party. The first is the race to be the champion of the establishment. I've said for months Jeb Bush was dead. This debate confirmed the coroner's report. When his best answer was defending his support for the loathsome Common Core that tells you all you need to know. Then to say in a GOP primary "it doesn't matter" that he directed a charity that awarded millions to Planned Parenthood amounts to self-immolation. His rambling and bumbling closing statement was symptomatic of the realization he knows his goose is cooked...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1226 days ago | nationaljournal
John Kasich Is Stealing Jeb Bush's Thunder - National Journal
"...At the inaugural GOP presidential debate, a swing-state governor with a record of reforms and a message of economic mobility made his mark. Entering the debate stage to loud applause, the experienced GOP executive touted his brand of compassionate conservatism. He disarmed skeptics of his free-wheeling speaking style, coming prepared with crisp talking points advocating his governing record.That governor wasn't former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. It was current Ohio Gov. John Kasich."Kasich is killing it. Hopeful. Uplifting. Optimistic. And he has an appeal to those who think the GOP doesn't care," tweeted Ari Fleischer, former spokesman for George W. Bush.If there's one immediate consequence of the hyped first Republican presidential debate, it's that millions of American viewers will be learning about many GOP candidates after knowing little about them beforehand. And one of those lesser-known but highly-accomplished candidates is Kasich, the two-term governor of the politically-pivotal battleground state...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1226 days ago | foxnews
Trump loses Republican debate but Rubio, Cruz and others triumph

"...Former Governor Jeb Bush failed to excite. His delivery was not crisp, and once again he got himself tangled up answering a question about the Iraq war. Really, he needs to get this down his slightly fuzzy answers about his brother and the Iraq invasion make him appear irresolute. Maybe he really is simply rusty. The only issue on which he scored was education; he defends his support of Common Core with vigor...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1226 days ago | politico
The Debates Biggest WinnersAnd Losers

"...The biggest shock of the night and arguably the most consequential development was Jeb Bush's failure to shine. He had some strong moments and by no means did he bomb. But he did not have the sort of commanding presence he needs to reassure his backers and attract people to his cause. Scott Walker had a similar problem. He didn't embarrass himself either, but he seemed to shrink over the course of the night...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1226 days ago | forbes
Republicans Debate Economics: Rubio Wins, Bush Falters, Huckabee Exaggerates
"...Jeb Bush, whose performance lacked any standout moments indicative of a man dominating the fundraising race, was asked how he planned to enact his ambitious goal of 19 million new jobs and a 4 percent GDP growth rate. The Fox News moderators who each had stellar execution, particularly Megyn Kelly pointed out that this number of jobs would have been triple what his combined father and brother accomplished. Bush said he'd do this by reforming the tax code, repealing the Affordable Care Act, fixing our immigration system and supporting expanded oil and gas exploration.While each of these priorities is a worthy goal, first it's difficult that one president could tackle all of them and even if he could, our aging demographics make his projections unlikely. And many economists agree, with perhaps the most common figure among forecasters in the 2 percent GDP range...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1226 days ago | businessinsider
Jeb Bush turned in a workmanlike performance at the GOP debate, but will it be ... - Business Insider

"...Bush refused to take the bait, batting away Trump's blast by criticizing the billionaire' s language as divisive and sticking with his policy of not re-litigating his brother's presidency."We're going to win when we unite people with an optimistic message," he said.It was vintage Bush, the type of comment he has made on the campaign trail all year in his drive to run a "joyful" campaign. Will it be enough?Some of the talk on the sidelines of a Republican National Committee meeting in Cleveland over the last few days was that the studious former Florida governor should show more fire in the belly...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1226 days ago | nytimes
Bush and Trump Aren't Among the GOP Debate Winners - New York Times

"...With that in mind, I suspect most pundits will conclude that Jeb Bush did not do well, no matter how one looks at it. Did he make any great errors? No. He even did well at times, and probably grew stronger as the debate went on. But he did not always nail tough but predictable questions, like on the war in Iraq.PhotoMr. Bush is less conservative than many other candidates. If he doesn't show that he can be an especially strong candidate in the general election, and if there are equal or better and more conservative alternatives, it's hard to imagine today's conservative Republican Party ultimately coalescing behind him...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1226 days ago | nbcnews
Who Stood Out in the First GOP Primary Debate?

"...We've covered Rubio, Kasich, and Trump -- now it's time to turn to Jeb Bush's performance. He was hesitant and even looked a bit nervous at the tough questions that came his way. Jeb did get better as time went on, however. But Trump gave Jeb a big pass when he took the high road on their exchange over Trump's tone. If Republican primary voters are going to demand that their eventual GOP nominee be a fighter (against Hillary, Obama, the Democratic Party), Jeb has some work to do on this front. As for Scott Walker, he had some nice answers for Iowa caucus-goers (on abortion, Planned Parenthood, his faith). But he seemed more of an afterthought than you'd expect from a co-frontrunner...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1226 days ago | theatlantic
Scott Walker and Jeb Bush Have a Rough Night - The Atlantic

"...For Walker and Bush, though, the evening was a disappointment. Both men planned their debate on the assumption that it was more important to survive than to win. Jeb Bush, after all, is the heavy favorite among the Republican Party's big donors, a group that usually gets its way. Scott Walker has positioned himself as the single candidate least unacceptable to all major Republican factions the kind of candidate who got picked in the era of the smoke-filled room and who still often prevails today (think Bob Dole for the Republicans in 1996, or John Kerry for the Democrats in 2004). Novelty candidates may flare from time to time, as they did in 2012, but Bush and Walker have the financial and political resources for the long march or so they and their backers can believe...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1226 days ago | politico
The Debates Biggest WinnersAnd Losers

"...Jeb Bush, who had to overcome a recent reputation for bumbling and gaffes, seemed strong, capable, sympathetic and accessible. Frankly, he was also probably helped by the fact that his height (he's 6'4 ) and his position near the center of the stage made him tower over the others, literally...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1226 days ago | townhall
Rowdy, Memorable Republican Debate Lives Up to Hype

"...The former Florida governor seemed nervous and halting at times, hitting his stride occasionally, like in a good answer on economic growth. Decent, but unremarkable. And unmemorable. Serious question: If they'd known nothing about his family history or massive campaign war chest, would viewers have been able to tell that Jeb Bush is considered a frontrunner based on his showing and presence? ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1226 days ago | nymag
Is Jeb Bush Still the Republican Front-Runner? - New York Magazine
"...Despite the hedging adjectives and the drama, some argue that this Trump eruption might even be helping solidify the advantages that Bush already had. GOP consultant Alex Castellanos told the New York Times, The longer it goes, the greater the panic is going to build. And that means you may not have the luxury to flirt with an undeveloped, budding candidate. Trump has set the Republican Party on fire, and if you're going to put that fire out you don't have time to waste. You're going to have to grab the biggest blanket you got and throw it, and right now that's Jeb. He's right; by a handful of metrics, Bush still leads the competition, even if the sheer size of the field and the dissonant hollering from its less presidential inhabitants has made it impossible to lead by a lot...." see full article


1227 days ago | blogs.wsj
Trump Surge Leaves All but Jeb Bush in Donald's Dust - Washington Wire - WSJ - Wall Street Journal (blog)
"...Mr. Bush's rise in the polls, coming in tandem with Mr. Trump's growing strength, may be a sign that so-called establishment Republicans are closing ranks around Mr. Bush, possibly as a result of Mr. Trump consolidating his own support. Marco Rubio may be feeling some of that shift with his sinking numbers.The numbers suggest there may be very different approaches among the candidates to dealing with Mr. Trump, who has the media's attention right now.Mr. Bush's rise in the polls suggests that his base of support has little overlap with Mr. Trump's, and he therefore may have the least to lose in attacking the brash New Yorker. And Mr. Bush, in fact, has criticized Mr. Trump's now-famous claim that many Mexican immigrants are criminals.The rest of the field may take a more subtle approach to handling Mr. Trump. Attacking him head-on may risk alienating his supporters...." see full article


1246 days ago | msnbc
Jeb Bush flubs foreign policy with 'appeasement' talk - MSNBC

"...There are two broad problems with rhetoric like this, especially from a presidential hopeful who's struggled with foreign policy. The first is that Bush doesn't seem to understand that the international agreement does, in reality, include Iranian concessions. Indeed, that was the whole point of the difficult talks that dragged on for months if Iran didn't have to make any concessions, Iranian officials would have said yes quite a while ago. But as anyone with even a passing familiarity with this story knows, Iran had to accept precisely what it was reluctant to allow: extraordinary and robust monitoring, verification, and inspection of their facilities from international inspectors. As for Jeb's appeasement talk does that count as a big-syllable word ? the Republican candidate isn't doing himself any favors repeating cheap rhetoric. By his reasoning, any set of negotiations with dangerous and undemocratic foes is a mistake. But to borrow a phrase, history is full of examples pointing in the opposite direction...." see full article


1250 days ago | bluenationreview
Rep. Mark Takano: What Jeb Bush Doesn't Get - Blue Nation Review
"...Last week, former Florida Governor and current Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said that in order to grow the economy, people need to work more hours. While I know times weren't exactly tough for Jeb Bush growing up in one of the richest families in our nation, the regular Americans struggling just to get by and working 40, 50, or even 60 hours a week know they just don't have any more hours to give.Jeb Bush doesn't get it. Productivity is at an all-time high, while wages have remained relatively flat. In order to grow the economy, we need a system that helps workers and lets them climb the economic ladder, not a system that squeezes workers for every ounce of productivity they have...." see full article


1250 days ago | thedailybeast
Amnesty Hecklers Moment Will Haunt Jeb Bush on the Trail - Daily Beast

"...Jeb Bush is getting used to hecklers real quick. He was officially a presidential candidate for about 20 minutes before a coordinated heckling campaign hijacked his announcement and pushed him into unplanned territory.It felt like inverted d j vu; just a few months ago, Bush joined Sean Hannity for a Q&A session on the main stage of CPAC, and a cadre of Tea Party activists and Rand Paul supporters made a dramatic exit in the middle of the former Florida governor's speech. Led by a hirsute gentleman sporting a tricorn hat and a Gadsden flag, they marched out and then congregated in the hallway to tell reporters how unacceptable it was that Bush supports comprehensive immigration reform and isn't Rand Paul...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1278 days ago | reason
5 Things to Know About Jeb Bush's Campaign for President - Reason (blog)
"...Bush shot to the front of most polling the moment he made it known he was thinking about running for president last year. Much of the pre-coverage of his campaign launch has mentioned that his position has since slipped and that's true, but it tells us very little about how likely he is to capture the Republican nomination in the end. Primary surveys especially this far out from the first contests are reliably unreliable.To understand what I mean, one need only look back four years. Four different candidates took turns beating the eventual nominee, Mitt Romney, in the polls in 2011. As I wrote in the July issue of Reason, anyone trying to judge the relative chances of the various candidates based on national primary polls conducted before voting began would have been hopelessly lost. The truth is that the landscape is far more likely to change dramatically between now and spring 2016 than it is to look then exactly like it does right now. Speeches will be made. Ads will be broadcast. Records will be dissected. Scandals will be unearthed. And the conventional wisdom will evolve accordingly. The fact that someone is (or isn't) getting the most hypothetical votes today means very little...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1278 days ago | nytimes
Jeb Bush Is Still the Favorite, the Markets Say - New York Times

"...Jeb Bush has had a rough few months. He fumbled a question about the war in Iraq. He has not consolidated the support of Republican elites, as Nate Cohn notes. And he has not scared off other candidates who could hurt him in the primaries, like John Kasich. There is no clever case to be made that Mr. Bush's campaign has actually performed well this spring.But if we've learned one thing about presidential campaigns, it's that most people who follow them overreact to short-term news. Ronald Reagan's 1980 campaign had its share of gaffes. Bill Clinton's 1992 campaign lurched from one crisis to the next. George W. Bush endured a drunk-driving revelation in the final days of his 2000 campaign. Barack Obama seemed to dismiss guns and religion as opiates of the masses. All survived to win not only those campaigns but also re-election four years later...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1278 days ago | fivethirtyeight
Pols and Polls Say The Same Thing: Jeb Bush Is A Weak Front-Runner - FiveThirtyEight
"...Without any additional information, a candidate with Bush's percentage of endorsements would have a 23 percent chance of winning the nomination based upon past years.5 Not counting Super PACs, a candidate with 30 percent of the money raised, which would be impressive in a large field, and Bush's percentage of endorsements would have a 30 percent chance of winning.That seems pretty reasonable.For now, the safest thing to say about Bush based upon the endorsement primary is the same thing the polls are telling us: Bush has a better shot than most of the other candidates, yet the other candidates combined have a better shot than he does. It's easy to envision him winning, but it's easier to see him losing...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1279 days ago | miamiherald
Jeb Bush prepares to launch candidacy, regain lost momentum
"...A broader party matters for the general election. Yet Bush first needs to combat the perception among Republican primary voters that he's not conservative enough. He trumpets a conservative record as governor, but Bush's eight years in Tallahassee came before the Tea Party, and he has not endeared himself to that faction by maintaining positions in favor of immigration reform and of Common Core educational standards.In a tacit acknowledgment that his pre-campaign didn't go as well as planned, Bush named a campaign manager last week that was not the one first eyed for the job. Danny Diaz, a hard-charging Washington political consultant who had been advising Bush on media strategy, will run the show instead of David Kochel, an Iowa strategist who now will lead Bush's strategy in early primary states. Bush's senior advisor will remain longtime confidante Sally Bradshaw in Tallahassee; another advisor, Mike Murphy, based in Los Angeles, took over Bush's Right to Rise political action committee and will handle it separate from the campaign.Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/elections-2016/jeb-bush/article24259312.html#storylink=cpy..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1279 days ago | politico
Jeb Bush's 18-month shadow campaign

"...But the only green that matters in these early stages of a campaign is cash. Lots of it. By early spring, Bush's super PAC had raised close to $90 million, putting it on pace to smash existing records. More recently, the campaign has focused on smaller donors capable of writing checks up to $2,700 for the official campaign committee. After he announces today, Bush will barnstorm the early states to pick up more checks and try to dominate the political news cycle.With so much money on hand, Bush's campaign has been built around the notion that more money means fewer problems in a campaign season with a crowded field with big names who can stay in the race for longer thanks to super PACs. The Republican nominating contest could last for as long as a year if enough candidates stay in, said Reed, of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. If that happens, Bush could be the horse to bet on, said Reed, referring to this year's Triple Crown winner...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1279 days ago | seattletimes
After a rocky start, Jeb Bush reshuffles his campaign team
"...While Bush knows he has to change course in some ways, he also does not want to overreact and risk losing the image of a calm, seasoned leader that he has sought to project, according to several advisers and associates, who spoke on condition of anonymity. They say Bush, having watched negative stories pile up while he focused on fundraising in recent months, wants to move quickly to campaign with voters, especially in New Hampshire.He is also determined not to change his positions on immigration and education, positions many Republicans loathe; his best alternative, he believes, is to use his record in Florida to appeal to a party that has become more conservative...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1279 days ago | seattletimes
After a rocky start, Jeb Bush reshuffles his campaign team
"...But few among them entered the race with such a high expectations of success as did Bush. Those expectations have seemed a burden at times.Take, for example, the question of whether Bush will report raising $100 million for his campaign in the first six months of the year. Lost amid the will he or won't he is that Bush probably will have taken in far more than anyone else.Romney said Saturday it would not surprise him to learn that Bush had scooped up twice that of all the other GOP candidates combined. By all appearances, he's raised a lot of money, Romney said, praising Bush's experienced and capable team. At this stage, that's a very important thing to do. Even if he does not reach the $100 million mark, Bush will have amassed more in six months than Romney and his allies at a super political action committee raised for the entire year before the 2012 election.By contrast, a senior adviser to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, considered along with Bush among the few top-tier 2016 contenders, expects he will raise roughly $25 million through the end of June. The adviser spoke on the condition of anonymity to share internal fundraising details...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1279 days ago | realclearpolitics
The Jeb Bush Conundrum

"...But there are some real problems for Jeb. First, there are too many cooks in the kitchen, who profit even if he loses. Second, his last name is an anchor. Third, his post-gubernatorial rhetoric seemingly deviates from his gubernatorial record, which is objectively solid and probably more conservative than George W. Bush's record in Texas. Fourth, he has so many staffers and consultants to pay. Fifth, his Common Core position is going to hurt him more than his immigration position because the majority of Republican primary voters will be moms who are pissed off. Sixth, as the Washington Post mentions, he is having a hard time separating himself from the policies of his brother.Jeb Bush is going to have to run as Jeb Bush, not as George Bush's heir. That, in and of itself, presents a problem. Historically, New Hampshire is a disaster for anyone named Bush. If he can't win Iowa and he can't win New Hampshire, there is no way he is going to win South Carolina. Ask Rudy Giuliani how a Florida firewall works. And Giuliani didn't have to fight for Florida against Marco Rubio...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1279 days ago | nationaljournal
Can Jeb Bush Remind Voters Why They Liked Him?
"...It's against this backdrop that Bush launches his campaign Monday staff dysfunction, policy stumbles, family liabilities, and an overarching sense that Bush isn't the elite candidate he was thought to be.The silver lining? Bush hasn't actually been a candidate and Monday's launch will allow him to begin his candidacy on his own terms, in his own backyard, by getting back to the basics of what his campaign was always supposed to be about: the power of his positive ideas, and his record of implementing them in Florida.It's no accident that Bush will announce at Miami-Dade College, one of the nation's largest colleges, at a campus in a non-Republican part of South Florida, attended by a majority of minority students. It's in this setting that Bush can refocus his image and redefine what his candidacy stands for appealing to the middle of the electorate, preaching the power of education, and yes, as the name of his political committee suggests, giving low-income kids the "right to rise" in society...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1279 days ago | csmonitor
Jeb Bush: Will his official White House bid boost a lackluster campaign? - Christian Science Monitor
"...Aside from that, most political analysis puts his position as not nearly as strong as it might be given his experience, mainstream GOP support, and name recognition. Other than raising the money, little has gone as he had hoped, Jonathan Martin and Patrick Healy wrote in The New York Times over the weekend. He has been torn between defending and distancing himself from George W. Bush, been unable to assuage party activists uneasy with his immigration and education views, and run into a wall of opposition on the right, ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1280 days ago | bostonglobe
A shaky start compels Jeb Bush to refine his tone
"...Other than raising the money, little has gone as he had hoped. He has been torn between defending and distancing himself from George W. Bush, been unable to assuage party activists uneasy with his immigration and education views, and run into a wall of opposition on the right.And now, as he prepares to make his candidacy official Monday, Bush finds himself in a position he could not have imagined: part of a pack of candidates, and the target of questions about his own competence and conservatism.Frustrated, according to his associates, by elements of his political operation and performance so far, he appointed a new campaign manager last week who is preparing an aggressive approach to the race. Yet Bush still faces fundamental challenges in appealing to a Republican primary electorate that is much different from the one his father or even his brother faced a party no longer willing to automatically anoint the pragmatic, well-financed, establishment-aligned candidate that the Bush name personifies...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1280 days ago | nytimes
eb Bush Works to Recover From a Shaky Start

"...The reshuffled campaign team is aiming to hone Mr. Bush's abilities as a candidate while sharpening its tactics against Republican opponents. Mr. Bush's new campaign manager, Danny Diaz, is widely known in Republican circles as a hard-edge operative who is driven by trying to dominate daily news coverage with his candidate's message or his rivals' weaknesses. (The previous manager, David Kochel, is known as more cerebral.)Mr. Diaz, who seared John Kerry in 2004 and Mitt Romney in 2007 with charges of flip-flopping on issues, and other Bush aides are determined to develop new lines of attack against Senator Marco Rubio of Florida and Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, the two Republicans who represent the greatest threats to Mr. Bush's nomination, according to his advisers and allies...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1280 days ago | csmonitor
Jeb Bush: Will his official White House bid boost a lackluster campaign?
"...Aside from that, most political analysis puts his position as not nearly as strong as it might be given his experience, mainstream GOP support, and name recognition. Other than raising the money, little has gone as he had hoped, Jonathan Martin and Patrick Healy wrote in The New York Times over the weekend. He has been torn between defending and distancing himself from George W. Bush, been unable to assuage party activists uneasy with his immigration and education views, and run into a wall of opposition on the right, ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1280 days ago | miamiherald
Jeb Bush prepares to launch candidacy, regain lost momentum - Miami Herald
"...But will his campaign be worthy of an exclamation point?Bush will try to energize his supporters Monday when he formally launches his 2016 campaign in Miami, after spending six months exploring a candidacy but failing to position himself comfortably ahead of a crowded and ambitious Republican field that so far boasts 10 candidates, without counting Bush. I thought Jeb would take up all the oxygen, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a potential candidate, said in New Hampshire earlier this month. He hasn't. To be sure, Bush has scored big political donors. But he hasn't scared off other challengers. He's stumbled trying to distance himself from his brother's unpopular Iraq war. And he's struggled to reintroduce himself to GOP voters in a party much changed since his last time on the ballot 12 years ago. It will take time. It always does, Bush told CNN's State of the Union in an interview aired Sunday.Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/elections-2016/jeb-bush/article24259312.html#storylink=cpy..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1280 days ago | time
Jeb Bush Poised to Formally Join 2016 Campaign - TIME
"...His political machine was expected to have $100 million on the first day as a declared candidate. Eventually, no one would ask about his family, which has spawned two Presidents, or his support for Common Core education standards or liberal views on illegal immigrants.None of that has happened.Bush replaced his campaign manager last week as internal fights spilled into public view. His broader campaign finance orbit is expected to come up short of the nine-figure war chest it wanted to have at the ready. And he continues to be so dogged about the Bush legacy and tremendous distrust among conservative activists that a third member of the dynasty should live in the White House, he ditched the Bush name altogether in his campaign logo and is going for just Jeb! ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1280 days ago | realclearpolitics
The Jeb Bush Conundrum - RealClearPolitics

"...Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush had a bad week last week, according to the Washington Press corps. They saw Bush installing Republican operative Danny Diaz as his campaign manager as a sign that Bush is struggling. Actually, Diaz is a great pick and a sign that Bush is about to formally announce his presidential bid. But the reality is that Jeb Bush has made a number of miscalculations as he heads to a formal announcement this week.First, he presumed his entry would keep others out. It may have kept out Romney v.5.0, but that was all. Bush team members were rather public that they hoped his early announcement would keep Rubio out. It did not...." see full article


1281 days ago | thehill
Jeb Bush does damage control ahead of launch - The Hill

"...Jeb Bush is doing damage control days before he officially launches his bid for the Republican presidential nomination.Bush was seen as the GOP front-runner late last year, when he said he was exploring the possibility of a run.Since then, he's stumbled over questions about the Iraq War, and his poll numbers have dropped him to fifth place among Republicans in Iowa.The former Florida governor's message to reporters in Germany on Wednesday is that it is far too early to be worried about the polls...." see full article


1283 days ago | breitbart
Jeb Bush: The GOP Candidate Democrats Want - Breitbart News
"...What Democrats see in Jeb is more likely a pliable Republican, the kind they know would be little different than a Democrat were he to win the White House. And that's precisely what the current GOP base is tired of, perhaps explaining why NY Mag s favorite Republican is struggling among genuine conservatives as opposed to liberal writers based in New York...." see full article


1287 days ago | washingtonpost
For Jeb Bush, the challenge remains making it about 'Jeb,' not 'Bush' - Washington Post

"...The past month has brought into stark relief the fundamental dilemma posed by Bush's lineage, even as his front-runner status fades. He repeatedly stumbled to answer questions about the now-unpopular Iraq war started by his brother and has been visibly conflicted about whether to embrace or play down the policies and reputations of his closest relatives.He conceded last weekend to CBS that distancing himself from his brother George W. Bush is not something I'm comfortable doing. ..." see full article


1288 days ago | inquisitr
Will Jeb Bush Be Able To Win Over George W. Bush's Supporters? - The Inquisitr
"...At first glance, it seems like a silly question. After all, it would seem that Jeb Bush and George W. Bush would have similar politics and positions on issues: They're representatives of the same political party, and perhaps more telling, they're both representatives of the Bush political dynasty.But as the New York Times reported Monday, Jeb Bush is having more trouble gaining support from members of George W. Bush's former team than one might expect. Peter Baker wrote as follows for the New York Times...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1291 days ago | nytimes
Jeb Bush Faces Challenge in Winning Over Brother's Team - New York Times

"...Some harbor the same reservations that other Republicans do about the notion of a dynastic presidency passed from one member of a family to another. Some simply want a fresh start, concluding that the party would make a stronger case against Hillary Rodham Clinton, the likely Democratic candidate, by nominating a new figure like Senator Marco Rubio of Florida or Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin. Some nurse doubts about Jeb Bush specifically, even on policies he shares with his brother.Another former White House official who worked closely with former President Bush said it would be a mistake for the country for his brother to become president. I happen to believe the U.S. is Bushed and Clintoned out, said this official, who like many others asked not to be named to avoid offending his former boss. It is time for others to lead...." see full article


1293 days ago | nytimes
The Arrogance of Jeb Bush - New York Times

"...You thought he was the smart Bush. You thought he was the reasonable one. You thought he was the Republican with one foot in the 21st century, the man who wasn't going to say crazy things to win the primary voter who believes in crazy things. But you haven't been paying attention to Jeb Bush.Yes, he was strafed from both sides for his tortured and fact-challenged explanations of the Iraq war. The fumbling is understandable: Bound by family fealty, the fraternal load of the biggest foreign policy debacle of our time, Jeb Bush can't state the obvious.But an equally astounding, and perhaps more absurd utterance, has not received nearly as much attention his climate change stance. Bush the youngest believes the Earth is warming. No doubt, he's willing to go further out on a limb and conclude that heat expands, cold contracts and a dolphin is not a fish...." see full article


1296 days ago | thinkprogress
Jeb Bush's Favorite Author Rejects Democracy, Says The Hyper-Rich Should ... - ThinkProgress
"...Charles Murray, an author who GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush recently named first when he was asked which books have had a big impact upon him, is not an elected official, so he is free to rail against democracy to his heart's content. And that is exactly what he does in his new book, By The People: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission. Pay no attention to the title. Government by the people is the last thing Murray cares to see. Murray admits that the kind of government he seeks, a libertarian fantasy where much of our nation's regulatory and welfare state has been dismantled, is beyond the reach of the electoral process and the legislative process. He also thinks it beyond the branch of government that is appointed by elected officials. The Supreme Court, Murray claims, destroyed constitutional limits on the federal government's spending authority when it upheld Social Security in 1937. Since then, the federal government has violated a tacit compact establishing that it would not unilaterally impose a position on the moral disputes that divided America (Murray traces the voiding of this compact to 1964, the year that Congress banned whites-only lunch counters)...." see full article


1299 days ago | douthat.blogs.nytimes
Jeb Bush as John Kerry - New York Times (blog)
"...So how might Bush solve it? Figuring out a way to dominate the debate stage might help, but unless he brings a trident it's going to be tough to dominate a melee that's thick with practiced debaters. Figuring out how to go negative against his major rivals, likewise, will be a big challenge for his campaign: There's no obvious issue where he can hit Rubio or Walker from the right effectively, the way Romney attacked first Perry and then Gingrich on immigration, and all his own baggage (his brother's record, his family's wealth, his partially-unfair centrist reputation, you name it) requires him to walk on eggshells around a host of controversial topics. I do not envy the campaign manager charged with developing a strategy that Jeb can use to go on the attack.However: It is possible, under some circumstances, for a struggling candidate to (re)gain support without tearing down his major rivals if those rivals start tearing each other down instead. This is part of the story of how John Kerry won the Democratic nomination in 2004. Like Bush, Kerry was a patrician frontrunner who inspired respect but not enthusiasm, and who was lapped early on by candidates (Howard Dean, in particular) more in tune with his party's base. (I was a sub-editor at The Atlantic at the time, and we commissioned a big story on Kerry's Vietnam service that hit newsstands, thanks to monthly-magazine lead-times, when he was basically at a Phil Gramm-esque nadir in the polls.) And the Kerry comeback, when it came, had less to do with any brilliant strategy from his team than with the brutal war between Dean and Richard Gephardt in Iowa, which turned voters off to both candidates, delivered a last-minute swing to Kerry and John Edwards, and produced the Dean scream moment and everything after...." see full article


1299 days ago | miamiherald.typepad
Fact-checking Jeb Bush's claim about his time as 'Veto Corleone' - Miami Herald (blog)
"...During a meeting with business leaders in Portsmouth, N.H., on May 20, 2015, Bush pointed out he was well-known for using the line-item veto at his disposal as governor."They called me Veto Corleone, which was something I was quite proud of," Bush said, citing a reference to Marlon Brando's character in The Godfather. He added that he vetoed 2,500 separate line items totaling $2 billion over his eight years.Bush has brought out that anecdote several times during the run-up to a presidential campaign, implying he would again focus on cutting wasteful spending. We wondered if he was accurate in claiming that nickname. We made our own inquiries and found that yes, pork projects really did sleep with the fishes...." see full article


1299 days ago | bostonherald
Cashman: Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush in no position to talk inequality - Boston Herald
"...Some claim Bush has the same problem that faced Mitt Romney when he ran for president they both worked in finance after leaving their political posts and they didn't have humble beginnings. According to The New York Times, Bush made $8 million since leaving office in 2007. Those earnings include about $3 million for board positions at public companies and delivering more than 100 speeches at about $50,000 a pop.The Clintons, meanwhile, have earned 10 times that amount for some of their speaking fees.Bush's new cottage on his family's Maine compound looks more like the staff's quarters at the $100,000 summer rental the Clintons shacked up in last year in the Hamptons.As far as President Obama is concerned, both candidates with multimillion-dollar bank accounts are among society's lottery winners. Both pols have focused on income inequality during their stump speeches. Last week, Bush told a group of conservatives at the National Review Institute summit in Washington, If you're born poor today, you're more likely to stay poor. We need to deal with this. Bush's Right to Rise PAC's website centers partly around this issue. On the What We Believe page, it reads, While the last eight years have been pretty good ones for top earners, they've been a lost decade for the rest of America. ..." see full article


1299 days ago | ringoffireradio
Not Just Iraq; Jeb Bush Can't Get His Lies Straight on Climate Change Either - Ring of Fire
"...The whole reason for Jeb's ridiculous stance on climate change is that he is trying to position himself as a moderate in a party of ridiculous extremists. The best he can do to try and please his base, and not distance himself too far from reality, is nonsensical half-statements that contradict themselves.For example, if the climate is changing, but humans aren't responsible, why does he think we should pursue lower-carbon producing forms of energy. The answer is that Jeb Bush is a weak-willed panderer and peddler of broken ideas. He has no place on the political landscape and should go back to the Bush camp. His family has done more than enough to this country...." see full article


1299 days ago | dailyrecord
OPINION: Jeb Bush clueless about immigrant experience - Daily Record
"...How many sleepless nights has Jeb Bush spent worrying that his family could be torn apart by pitiless deportation practices and broken immigration promises? How many years did Jeb Bush spend trying to figure out how to get a job, receive financial aid or even commute to work without the needed documents?Many undocumented immigrants are relegated to a life plagued by fear, uncertainty and, in many cases, depression. I have to plan my life around the two-year renewal cycle for President Obama's DACA program.The program, which was recently expanded to protect additional undocumented immigrants who pose no threat to society, provides individuals like myself with two years of deferral from deportation...." see full article


1301 days ago | theatlantic
Jeb Bush's Many Problems - The Atlantic

"...Bush's ability to raise large amounts of money has distracted attention from the inherent fragility of his campaign. But there are many reasons to be skeptical of his ability to secure the Republican nomination, much less win the White House, and the early months of his undeclared campaign have done little to dispel those doubts...." see full article


1305 days ago | slate
Jeb Bush Accidentally Made a Brilliant Argument Against Anti-Gay "Religious ... - Slate Magazine (blog)

"...At bottom, Bush is arguing that the law should differentiate between identity and conduct. He believes the state may protect gays from discrimination because they're gay (identity), but not because they're celebrating a gay relationship (conduct). Unfortunately for Bush, this argument fails quite spectacularly in the wedding context, because homosexuality is an identity defined by its conduct. ..." see full article


1306 days ago | sfgate
Jeb Bush's agony - SFGate
"...So why have any sympathy for him at all? The main reason is very old-fashioned: His apparent reluctance to throw his own brother under the bus. In justifying his initial answer, Jeb later used his own reframing of Kelly's words as an excuse, explaining he hadn't understood the know now part. But it's just as possible that he knew perfectly well what Kelly had asked Jeb Bush is not stupid and hoped he could get away with answering a different question by way of avoiding being disloyal to George W.Loyalty is a virtue in rather short supply in our culture, so I admire it when I see it. Of course it can be misplaced. But loyalty does matter, and I have some respect for Jeb for trying to stay true to his family ties over four utterly miserable days...." see full article


1306 days ago | washingtonpost
Jeb Bush is as wrong as Ruth Bader Ginsburg is right on gay marriage - Washington Post (blog)

"...This brings me to the lamest part of Bush's argument. The part about how just a few years ago President Obama and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton had the same view he did four years ago. True. But the key word is had. Their views on same-sex marriage changed, er, evolved. Continuing to resist the change all around you even within your own party is lunacy. Continuing to deny respect, dignity and legal protection to same-sex couples raising children is reprehensible...." see full article


1307 days ago | telegraph.c
Does Jeb Bush even really want to be US president? - Telegraph.co.uk
"...So why did Jeb hem and haw so much over a question that couldn't have surprised him? The Bushes are famous for family loyalty, and one can understand how fraternal fidelity might make it difficult for him to rebuke his brother's legacy...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1309 days ago | ibtimes
Election 2016: Jeb Bush Faces Questions About George W. Bush Record On ... - International Business Times
"...The likely U.S. presidential candidate in 2016 -- and, in fact, any onlooker -- could have predicted that he'd be asked about his brother George W. Bush's decision to launch a pre-emptive war. But the former Florida governor's fumbling response succeeded only in keeping the issue going...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1309 days ago | cnn
Jeb Bush's challenge: Family loyalty - CNN

"...As he has explored a run for president from his unique vantage point as the son and brother of former presidents, Bush's last name -- rather than his position on immigration or the Common Core -- is proving to be his biggest challenge. Time and again, he has been caught between the political necessity to differentiate himself from President George W. Bush and what appears to be an instinct to protect him...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1310 days ago | thedailybeast
Why Jeb Bush Had to Ditch Dubya - Daily Beast

"...But here's the bottom line: Jeb has to really distance himself from his brother, albeit in some respectable manner, if he wants to be president. He needs to show us how he's different, what he'd do differently, and where he and his brother diverge on issues both foreign and domestic...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1310 days ago | thehill
Jeb Bush, the new Dan Quayle? - The Hill (blog)

"...On the other hand, after the week from hell that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) has just created for himself, I am convinced that there is a great analogy between the Jeb Bush that runs for president in 2016 and the Dan Quayle that ran for vice president in 1988. Quayle was fundamentally a good guy, and a reasonably decent senator more than was given credit for (even though I usually disagreed with him)...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1310 days ago | nysun
Why George W. Bush Is the Best Adviser For Jeb Bush on Israel - New York Sun
"...The uproar over Jeb Bush's attempt to find his footing on whether we should have fought the Iraq war fails to eclipse the good news that his most influential adviser on Israel is his brother George...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1311 days ago | cnn
Jeb 'W.' Bush carries loyalty to his brother too far - CNN

"...John Ellis Bush seems hellbent on reprising his brother's debacles. Call him Jeb W. Bush. What's next -- Dick Cheney as veep? A dog named Barney? A "Mission Accomplished" banner?..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1312 days ago | salon
George W. Bush is on the ballot: How Sheldon Adelson convinced Jeb to run for ... - Salon

"...George W. Bush's disastrous foreign policy remains popular with monied Republicans, who think U.S. interests are best promoted by protecting Israel and punishing Iran. Bush knew that, but thought he had to finesse his ties to his brother for a variety of reasons: worry about being tarnished by his legacy, concern that Americans don't like dynasties, that three Bush presidents in 24 years was unseemly...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1314 days ago | washingtonpost
One of Jeb Bushs top advisers on Israel: George W. Bush

"...Embracing George W. Bush as a foreign-policy confidant is a risky and unexpected move for the former Florida governor as he readies for a likely presidential bid. ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1315 days ago | washingtonpost
The world according to Jeb Bush

"...Far from running from or playing down the views once expressed by his brother George W. Bush, Jeb Bush is embracing them and emphasizing them...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1315 days ago | washingtonpost
Why George W. Bush could help Jeb Bush in 2016

"...Americans' distaste for political dynasties is overblown. The Fix has argued this before -- repeatedly, in fact. The idea that persuadable people really aren't going to vote for a Clinton again or a Bush again because of their familial connections just isn't really borne out by any polling...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1315 days ago | rawstory
George W. Bush record as president casts long shadow over potential Jeb Bush campaign

"...One of his biggest challenges is defending, or deflecting, his brother's national security policies. George W. Bush left office in 2009 deeply unpopular, largely because of American involvement in the Iraq War...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1315 days ago | rt
George W. Bush is one of Jeb Bushs top advisers on Israel
"...as any potential presidential run for Jeb Bush will likely involve addressing the fact that his brother remains extremely unpopular, particularly when it comes to the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and Middle Eastern policy in general...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1315 days ago | politico
Jeb Bush's 100M May - Politico

"...There is little question that Right to Rise, with its deep cash reserve, will give Bush a leg up in the Republican nomination contest, especially if it becomes a protracted and costly affair...." see full article


1317 days ago | msnbc
Meet Jeb Bush's new foreign policy adviser: his brother - MSNBC

"...Perhaps the most obvious problem is the inherent contradiction of Jeb Bush's message. On the one hand, the 2016 candidate is eager to tell voters, I am my own man. On the other hand, the Florida Republican has relied heavily on his family for fundraising; he's hired his family's advisers to staff his political operation; and now he's boasting about turning to his brother for guidance on U.S. policy towards Israel...." see full article


1317 days ago | cnn
Jeb: George W. Bush is a top foreign policy adviser - CNN

"...The comment came as a shock to some who were in the room because Jeb, a likely presidential contender, has taken pains to publicly distance himself from his brother and his controversial policies, particularly in that area of the world...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1317 days ago | newsweek
The Legacy Costs of Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton - Newsweek

"...The former Florida governor continues to support some of the same positions as his brother, even though he knows they're unpopular on the right. He is defending the idea of a core curriculum a national set of goals for primary and secondary education. It's not the same as his brother's No Child Left Behind, but it's similar. ..." see full article


1319 days ago | usnews
Dems Ready Attack on Jeb Bush - U.S. News & World Report (blog)

"...and it's based on attacking his record as Florida governor, tarnishing him with the unpopular policies of his brother, former President George W. Bush, and portraying him as a politician rooted in the past, not looking toward the future...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1321 days ago | advocate
Jeb Bush: 'Maybe I'm Misinterpreting' SCOTUS on Marriage - Advocate.com
"...Bush is indeed misinterpreting several pieces of "that remark." First off, the exchange he's referring to took place between Scalia and Mary Bonauto, the attorney representing the same-sex couples seeking marriage equality in their home states. ..." see full article


1324 days ago | latino.foxnews
Hispanic Evangelical leaders see Jeb Bush as a 'favorite' who 'gets it' - Fox News Latino
"...Simply put, Hispanic Evangelical leaders see Jeb Bush as authentic -- and that already makes him a favorite of theirs, if and when he decides to run for president in 2016...." see full article


1324 days ago | nbcnews
Jeb Bush Visiting Puerto Rico, Latino Evangelicals This Week - NBCNews.com

"...Rodriguez and other Hispanic evangelicals have led the push for immigration reform among all evangelicals, whose support has grown beyond Hispanic congregations. Rodriguez has been a supporter of the president's executive action that created programs to shield millions of immigrants here illegally from deportation and give them permission to work. Bush, however, recently told a conservative talk show host he would repeal those programs, although he has backed reform with a path to citizenship...." see full article


1327 days ago | fivethirtyeight
Jeb Bush Has The Cash, But Not The GOP Support - FiveThirtyEight
"...But if Bush isn't losing the invisible primary, he isn't winning it either. This Republican campaign is not following the trajectory of races like the Republican nominations of 1980, 1996 and 2000, or the Democratic nomination of 2000, where one candidate was a clear invisible primary leader (and went on to easily win his nomination)...." see full article



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