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Bush, Clinton Court Black Voters at Urban League Meeting.

A “super PAC” supporting Jeb Bush raised huge contributions from a wide array of Bush family business associates, prominent Republican donors, and former political appointees of his brother and father, according to disclosures submitted to the Federal Election Commission on Friday. The Hill reports Jeb’s super-PAC — Right to Rise — has raised a staggering $103 million over the past six months, with 24 individuals contributing $1 million or more.Presidential rivals Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush offered a rare preview of a potential 2016 general election matchup on Friday, taking their competing visions to tackle racial inequality before one of the oldest and largest civil rights organizations in the nation.

Democrat Hillary Clinton took direct aim at Republican Jeb Bush — who in turn made a pitch to the voters whose support he would need to defeat Clinton.Hillary Clinton attacked Republicans presidential candidates on Cuba policy, voting rights and social welfare policy during a jaunt on Friday to Florida, the home state of contenders Sen. It’s a record I’ll gladly compare with anyone else in the field.” Within moments of taking the stage, Clinton sought to draw distinctions between herself and Republicans, including a reminder of the federal government’s poor response to Hurricane Katrina a decade ago during the administration of Bush’s brother, former President George W.

Clinton didn’t name Bush when she spoke to the annual conference of the National Urban League, a civil-rights organization that welcomed five 2016 presidential contenders. But she referred to the “right to rise” — the name of a political action committee raising money for him — and to Bush’s recent suggestion that the next president could “phase out” Medicare. “Too often we see a mismatch between what some candidates say in venues like this, and what they actually do when they’re elected,” Clinton said. “I don’t think you can credibly say that everyone has a ‘right to rise’ and then say you’re for phasing out Medicare or for repealing Obamacare. At least 26 individuals or companies contributed more than $1 million to the group, including Mike Fernandez, a Cuban-American billionaire who gave $3 million; Francis Rooney, a former ambassador to the Vatican, who gave over $2 million; and Helen Schwab, wife of the investor Charles R.

Clinton also lamented the deaths of Trayvon Martin and Sandra Bland and ticked off statistics on African Americans receiving disproportionately longer sentences than whites. During two appearances in Fort Lauderdale and Miami, where Clinton discussed race and engaging with Cuba, the Democratic frontrunner called out Bush and others who have opposed President Obama’s thaw with the isolated island nation. So yes, what people say matters, but what they do matters more.” Clinton has taken shots at Bush on the campaign trail before, but never as extended and plainspoken as her suggestion on Friday that the former Florida governor’s outreach to the same group amounted to mere lip service. Blacks are also three times more likely to be denied a mortgage loan than people who are white, she said. “Race still plays a significant role in determining who gets ahead in America and who gets left behind,” Clinton said. “And yes, while that’s partly a legacy of discrimination that stretches back to the start of our nation, it is also because of discrimination that is still ongoing.” Clinton told the audience she has fought to tear down those barriers since her first job out of law school with the Children’s Defense Fund.

Bush did not respond or make any any references to Clinton in his own speech, although his campaign hit back quickly on Twitter. “Clintonesque move to pass over chance to unite in favor of a false cheap shot. She said she fought for children’s health insurance as first lady and spoke out on issues of economic equality for women. “I’m planning to be president, and anybody who seeks that office has a responsibility to say it and, more than that, to grapple with the systemic inequities,” she said. “I want you to know I see it and I hear you, and the racial disparities you work hard every day to overcome go against everything I believe in and everything I want to help America achieve.” Bush delivered his own set of reminders to the Urban League audience. People can’t rise if they can’t afford health care.” Tim Miller, a spokesman for Bush tweeted a quick response to Clinton’s criticism: “The DNC and Hillary scramble to attack Jeb today and misrepresent his record betrays their fear of his ability to broaden GOP support,” he tweeted. He said that as Florida governor, he ordered the removal of the Confederate battle flag from the state capitol, raised the number of black judges and tripled the state’s hiring of minority-owned businesses. A few hours later on Friday in Miami, Clinton made a case for continuing to open up relations with Cuba, calling on Congress and the White House to lift the embargo on trade with Cuba.

But he zeroed in on his efforts to reform education in the state by expanding school choice and raising test standards, hoping to connect with the African-American audience on what he called a critical issue to the nation’s future. “If we don’t create an education system that allows young people to reach it, we’re setting them up for a lifetime of failure,” Bush said. “So you and I have to call this situation what it is — the worst inequality in America today, and the source of so many other inequalities.” Bush’s time in office is not remembered as fondly by some Democrats in the state. Bush’s campaign accused Clinton of lobbing “more false, cheap political shots to distract from the fact that Secretary Clinton has no record of accomplishment to run on this race. Bush himself, who took the stage at the Greater Fort Lauderdale-Broward County Convention Center about an hour after Clinton, ignored what she had said about him. Clinton’s campaign in the last few days has set out specific criticism of Rubio, Bush and Scott Walker’s position on Cuban relations with a detailed “fact check” of their past statements, arguing that a policy of isolationism has not succeeded in leading to democratization in the communist island nation.

And donations to super PACs are unlimited, while campaign committees are limited to raising $2,700 from each donor for the primary election, and the same amount for the general election. He focused on doing what he has challenged all Republicans do: Campaign to voters who almost always cast ballots for Democrats. “I know that there are unjust barriers to opportunity and upward mobility in this country,” Bush told the mostly black audience of more than 500 people. “Some we can see, others are unseen but just as real. Clinton proposed on Friday finding ways to increase business with Cuba as well as the rest of the Americas, saying that the United States too often looks “east and west, but we don’t look south” and calling Latin America a crucial part of American foreign policy. “Our economies, our communities and even our families are deeply entwined,” Clinton said. Others critics point to Bush signing into law the 2005 “stand your ground” legislation, which allows use of deadly force if people are in fear for their lives. Mel Sembler is also on the PAC’s fundraising team and his history with the Bush’s dates to 1979, illustrating the deep network the family has built. “We’ve been quiet here for a few days to catch our breath, but we’ll continue to supply the campaign with the necessary resources to get the message out,” said Sembler, an ambassador in both previous Bush administrations. “Campaign finance money is nothing but voice.

They include Al Hoffman and Mel Sembler, Florida investors and longtime Bush allies, and John Negroponte, a former U.S. diplomat and ambassador to Iraq. It’s not complicated.” More than $90 million was raised before June 15, when Bush became an official candidate and was openly working with the committee.

And his educational reforms, he said — instituting school grades, creating subsidized private-school vouchers and expanding privately run, publicly funded charter schools — helped needy kids. In his remarks on Friday, Bush waded more subtly into the issue of policing and appealed for the restoration of trust between politicians, police and the communities they serve. “Trust in our vital institutions is at historic lows. He said he went on a journey of “listening and learning” that included visits to 250 Florida schools and family courthouses to see firsthand cases of abused or neglected children. Of the three, Sanders, an independent Vermont senator and self-described socialist making his first Florida campaign appearance, received the warmest welcome. “The $7.25 minimum wage is in my view a starvation wage,” Sanders said, calling for an increase to $15 an hour.

He and O’Malley, the former Maryland governor, had run afoul of black liberals at a conference two weeks ago in Phoenix, and both made sure to atone Friday. “Every year we buried 300 young black men who died violent deaths on our streets, and black lives matter,” said O’Malley, recalling his tenure as Baltimore mayor. Carson, who retired to West Palm Beach and is the only major African-American presidential candidate, recounted his childhood growing up “in dire poverty” and thinking he would “probably never live beyond 25 years of age.” “You just have to understand where people are coming from,” he said. “It’s not the skin and the hair that makes them who they are.

It begins with respect, dialogue, and the courage to reach out in peace.” Bush also touted his support for reforming the criminal justice system, focusing in particular on prison and drug sentencing reforms that have gained bipartisan traction of late. Obama, she added, “delivered a eulogy that sounded as though it had come straight from angels”, referring to the speech the president delivered after the tragedy honoring slain Rev Clementa Pinckney that ended with a rendition of Amazing Grace.

Representation from the crowded Republican presidential field – now at 17 candidates – was far more scarce, with only retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson joining Bush at the conference. Republicans have struggled to make inroads with minorities in recent elections, and Bush has made it a point to campaign among communities his party has neglected.

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