High on Common Core and Immigration, Jeb Bush Talks Up 2016 Run

By: Kevin Derby | Posted: April 8, 2014 3:55 AM
Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush

Defending Common Core and immigration reform, former Gov. Jeb Bush, R-Fla., opened the door to following his father’s and brother’s footsteps and running for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.

Bush spoke at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library over the weekend and parts of his talk were broadcast on Fox News. During his remarks, Bush said he would make a decision by the end of the year, though he said he was not looking forward to entering the “vortex of the mud fight."
In recent weeks, the national media have reported that the Republican establishment is increasingly urging Bush to enter the presidential contest, especially with Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., hobbled by his administration’s role in increasing traffic around the George Washington Bridge as a form of political payback.

Bush said his decision would rest on his estimate if he can do well and “run with a hopeful, optimistic message” and on family considerations. However. Bush offered a warning about nominating an ideologically driven candidate. “We need to elect candidates that have a vision that is bigger and broader and candidates that are organized around winning the election, not making a point,” Bush said. “Winning the election should be what we’re about. Winning allows the big things to get solved. Winning gets the country back on track in my mind.”

Even as conservatives increasingly oppose immigration reform and Common Core, Bush showed no signs of retreating from his support of both issues. Bush had warm words for the “Gang of Eight’s” immigration reform which passed the U.S. Senate but is stalled in the U.S. House. Bush also called for understanding the plight of most immigrants who illegally enter the country.

“Because they couldn’t come legally, they come to our country because their families -- the dad who loved their children -- was worried that their children didn’t have food on the table," Bush said. "And they wanted to make sure their family was intact and they crossed the border because they had no other means to work to be able to provide for their family. Yes, they broke the law but it’s not a felony. It’s an act of love. It’s an act of commitment to your family. I honestly think that that is a different kind of crime; that there should be a price paid, but it shouldn’t rile people up that people are actually coming to this country to provide for their families."

Bush, who has focused on education since leaving Tallahassee, also stuck to his guns on Common Core standards which conservatives have heavily criticized for expanding the federal role on education.

“I just don’t seem compelled to run for cover when I think this is the right thing to do for our country,” Bush said. “Others have, others that supported the standards all of a sudden now are opposed to it. I don’t get it. High standards matter, and I hope that people rejoin in the effort to try to persuade people that this is the right thing to do."

Also this weekend, Bush teamed up with another potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate to help showcase a new Republican super-PAC led by veteran Republican strategist Alex Castellanos. Bush and Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La., are in the new ad for “New Republican” which supports school choice, energy exploration, the free-market economy and immigration reform while opposing President Barack Obama’s federal health-care law. The ad appeared on Sunday morning during the national political talk shows.

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“If you believe that every parent ought to be able to choose their child’s school and that the economy should be driven from the bottom up, not the top down from Washington, then you’re thinking like a New Republican,” Bush says in the ad

“If you don’t think the Republican Party should be the party of big government, big business or big anything, you’re thinking like a New Republican,” Jindal says in the ad.

Reach Kevin Derby at kderby@sunshinestatenews.com.

Comments (2)

7:49PM APR 10TH 2014
Why does the media always print these pictures of Jeb Bush in a ranting and raving stance? Maybe that's because its the only photo ops available to them. Wouldn't you think if the lame stream media was really supporting the next prince Bush they would pay more attention the the photo ops that would make him more like the pretty boy? that is what they are doing in Texas with Jeb's son George Prescott Bush whose is the family anointed one for Texas Land Commissioner! Peculiar job - he will both be in charge of all OIL LEASES and the State of Texas Educations funds as well. Hummm two things that Bushes specialize in OIL and Education!
Keep it simple
8:35AM APR 8TH 2014
No need for the people to go back all those years and research the history of this family.

The Bush gang is larger than "the gang of eight."

Obama's RACE TO THE TOP was created in conjunction with the NATIONAL implementation of COMMON CORE. (Conspiracy theory)

While the CC Standards lean heavily on testing only - the requirements for subjects and required reading send up red flags. Pearson Publishing's book PRENTICE HALL WORLD HISTORY. (Which is heavily MUSLIM Religion)The 1970 book THE BLUEST EYE. (Homosexuality)

Jeb Bush's long history of pushing CHARTER SCHOOLS and pushing voucher's to get tax dollars and other dollars into the hands of his Charter School FOR-PROFIT OWNERS.His push for PARENT TRIGGER to empower parents to help force school boards to turn their schools and dollars over to his FOR-PROFIT CHARTER SCHOOL FRIENDS.

If the parents and teachers and other public school employee's and supporters can not see what Jeb Bush stands for and can not see his push for intense support for their NEW WORLD ORDER then there is no saving America - there actions and the actions of their friends and minions are as plain as the nose on your faces.

Obama's JOB ONE is to do such a disgusting rotten job that the people will succumb to yet another Bush president and in that endeavor Obama is excelling.

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