Jeb Bush

Trump Jabs Bush During Florida Visit

Oct 25, 2015
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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump mocked former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in his own state on Saturday, saying recent campaign cuts show he's not ready to be president.

According to an internal memo, Mr. Bush plans to reduce payroll costs by 40 percent this week, cut salaries for all but the most entry level staff members, cut travel costs by 20 percent and significantly reduce headquarters staff. A quarter will remain in Miami, a quarter have already been dispatched to early-voting states, and most of the rest are being offered positions in early states or as part of ballot access efforts, but with pay cuts, the memo said. “We will be working with staff today and going through each person’s situation, but expect sizable changes,” Danny Diaz, Mr. Bush’s campaign manager, said by email on Friday.

So far, Jeb Bush's presidential campaign has had some interesting — if not downright awkward — moments, multiple instances in which Bush was close to something exciting, or funny, or powerful, but then it just didn't work.

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After initially struggling with questions about the Iraq War and his brother's tenure as the nation's leader, Jeb Bush has tossed aside any hesitations about embracing former President George W. Bush's legacy and is searching for new ways to incorporate him into his White House campaign.

It's a shift due in no small part to the jabs of Republican front-runner Donald Trump, who isn't backing down from his assertions that Bush's brother bears some responsibility for 9/11.

Trump-Bush Feud Fires Up Over 9/11

Oct 19, 2015

In an interview with CNN's "State of the Union," Bush said Trump doesn't seriously address how he would handle foreign policy as president. "Across the spectrum of foreign policy, Mr. Trump talks about things as though he's still on 'The Apprentice,'" the former Florida governor said of his rival for the Republican presidential nomination. "My brother responded to a crisis, and he did it as you would hope a president would do. He united the country, he organized our country and he kept us safe," Jeb Bush said. "And there's no denying that. The great majority of Americans believe that."

For years former Gov. Jeb Bush has traveled the country urging states to adopt a group of education policies he says improved Florida schools.

The policies focus on reading by the third grade, using test scores to measure school and teacher performance and giving students more choices about where they can go to school.

Education researchers met in Washington, D.C. Wednesday to dissect Bush’s claims.

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Hundreds of donors to Jeb Bush's presidential campaign will gather later this month in Houston. They'll shake hands with a pair of former presidents, and high-profile lieutenants of the former Florida governor will push them to write generous checks.

This weekend in Las Vegas, dozens of donors met up with Marco Rubio. They ate fast-food hamburgers, shook hands with a celebrity pawn-shop owner and played flag football with the Florida senator.

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush is proposing to repeal and replace President Barack Obama's health care law with one that would increase tax credits for individuals, allowing them to buy coverage protection against "high-cost medical events."

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Jeb Bush's signature achievement in education policy as Florida governor may be at risk of coming apart.

A champion of what became known as Common Core education standards, Bush pushed a set of high-stakes tests for students and a system of grading schools as the centerpiece of an education agenda that defines much of his legacy in office.

This other struggle involves the competition among former Florida governor Jeb Bush, Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. History suggests that whoever emerges triumphant in this three-way rivalry will be in a strong position to claim the nomination, though admittedly the past has been a poor predictor of events so far in this campaign.

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Donald Trump, former Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio are among at least six presidential candidates that will attend a summit hosted by the Republican Party of Florida.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabeee, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will also attend the Sunshine Summit, to be held Nov. 12-14.

The state GOP said other attendees will be announced soon.

It’s Make or Break Time for Jeb Bush

Sep 28, 2015

Jeb Bush continues to battle against a steady decline in the polls, sinking to fifth place at just 7 percent in a national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Sunday and similarly languishing in the early-voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire. The warnings from top donors come as Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s exit from the race re­focused the battle within the GOP’s establishment wing as one between Bush and his former protege, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.). Right now, the momentum appears to be behind Rubio, who has jumped ahead of Bush in most polls.

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Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said Tuesday that multiculturalism is bad for the United States, adding that immigrants who close themselves off from American culture deny themselves access to economic rewards.

The former governor of Florida, who speaks fluent Spanish and often touts his success winning Latino votes in a party that badly needs them, addressed the issue in a packed northern Iowa diner as he met people in the crowd.

A young woman approached the candidate and asked how the federal government could help refugees better incorporate into U.S. society.

The Donald continues to lead his Republican presidential opponents while U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio has leapfrogged a onetime mentor, former Gov. Jeb Bush, in a poll of Florida voters released Wednesday by Florida Atlantic University.

In critical swing-state Florida, Hillary Clinton holds a significant edge over her Democratic rivals but struggles in match-ups against most Republican contenders, including Rubio and Florida pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson, the survey found.

Is Jeb Bush Ready to Embrace His Last Name?

Sep 22, 2015

Among Republicans, the 43rd president is more popular now than at any point since leaving office, but Americans overall still have mixed feelings about him. That’s why Democrats quickly seized on Jeb Bush’s debate comments as evidence of a candidate blindly loyal to a family member still reviled by many voters. “We’re not going to let Jeb Bush rewrite history,” said Brad Woodhouse, head of Americans United for Change, a Democratic group that is airing television ads criticizing the Bush brothers. “If Jeb Bush really believes his brother kept us safe, how can the American people entrust their safety to Jeb Bush?”

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Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush pushed back against more than a dozen protesters who repeatedly heckled him Monday with chants of "No hope without our vote" as he tried to address a national Hispanic business group.

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Donald Trump's rivals emerged from the second Republican debate newly confident that the brash billionaire will fade if the nomination fight takes a more substantive turn, and that they can play a role in taking him down without hurting their own White House ambitions.

Yet that may be little more than wishful thinking in a race that so far has defied standard political logic.

"I keep looking for the speed bump that knocks Donald Trump off track," said tea party co-founder Mark Meckler. "I haven't seen it. We're in uncharted territory."

Here’s What Jeb Bush, Underdog, Looks Like

Sep 18, 2015

Jeb Bush did what his aides and supporters said they hoped he would do in Wednesday night’s debate. He showed energy. He demonstrated passion. But the scene in Las Vegas illustrated the challenges facing the former Florida governor, who finds himself in a race unlike anything he expected — or that he’s ever experienced.

For more than 21 years, Donald Trump and his company have repeatedly been on record trying to get casino deals in one form or another in Florida. From hiring lobbyists to taking a former business partner to court, Trump’s interest in getting a piece of Florida’s gaming industry has been documented in news articles from Tallahassee to Miami. Trump’s involvement in expanding Florida gaming—an effort that regularly fails in the state Capitol due to the influence of conservative lawmakers—is well-known among state capital reporters, politicians and lobbyists alike.

The Gravis Marketing poll of Florida voters released Monday also show Democrat Hillary Clinton has slipped with Joe Biden showing lots of support. On the Republican side: • Trump, the businessman and part-time Palm Beach resident, in first place with 33.6 percent. • Carson, the retired neurosurgeon who lives in West Palm Beach, in second with 22.4 percent. • Bush, the former Florida governor, in third with 15.2 percent. In Gravis's last survey, 12 weeks ago, Bush was in first place in Florida, with 27.5 percent.