Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) made the most direct critique of his brother, former President George W. Bush, since beginning his nascent campaign for the 2016 presidential nomination at a sports bar in New Hampshire.
“Are there differences? Yeah, I mean, sure,” Bush said at The Draft pub in Concord Thursday when asked if there was any “space” between him and his brother. “I think that in Washington during my brother’s time, Republicans spent too much money. I think he could have used the veto power — he didn’t have line-item veto power, but he could have brought budget discipline to Washington, D.C,”
That seems kind of quaint right now given the fact that after he left, budget deficits and spending just like lit up astronomically. But having constraints on spending across the board during his time would have been a good thing.
55 percent of respondents said Bush’s family ties made no difference, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll conducted in January. 67 percent of Republicans said it gave them no pause.
The Florida governor also said he would not go “out of my way to criticize Republican presidents. Just call me a team player, here. It just so happens the last two Republican presidents happened to be my dad and my brother.”
But you’ll never hear me complaining about Ronald Reagan, either. Every president makes mistakes — the question is what do you learn from those mistakes? Past doesn’t have to be prologue. You can learn from your predecessors in business and in life and certainly in politics.
In a Fox News poll taken earlier this month, Bush was tied for the lead with retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson with 13 percent among 2016 GOP hopefuls. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker had 11 percent, while former Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas had 10 percent.
But Walker and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul came out ahead with 12 percent in a recent Bloomberg poll surveying only New Hampshire GOP primary voters, while Bush and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio each had 11 percent.
h/t: The Washington Post
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