Jeb Bush to Lester Holt: Donald Trump’s Surge in the Polls Is a ‘Phenomenon’

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Bush: Trump is a surprise ‘phenomenon’.

Former Gov. “I was surprised that Donald Trump has surged,” Bush told NBC News in an interview taped Friday. “I think he’s captured the deep frustration that people feel.” Bush, who has fallen to third in some polls behind Trump and Wisconsin Gov.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.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.

Jeb Bush is courting Hispanic voters to build momentum for his presidential run, pointing out that he relied upon the demographic during his gubernatorial campaign. “In my re-election in 2002, I won the majority,” he told Telemundo’s Jose Diaz-Balart in Spanish during a July 27, 2015 interview. “I won more Hispanic votes than Anglo votes, 60 percent in the state. Scott Walker, said the businessman’s appeal includes his harsh comments about some Mexican migrants. “I get the lack of rule of law, the sanctuary cities, the open borders,” the former Florida governor said. “He’s, in a very graphic way, appealed to people’s anger about those things.—Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton sharply attacked one of the top Republicans in the presidential race, saying Jeb Bush’s “Right to Rise” slogan is empty given his policy positions. “I don’t think you can credibly say that everybody has a ‘right to rise’ and then say you’re for phasing out Medicare or for repealing Obamacare,” she said Friday morning. “People can’t rise if they can’t afford health care. — Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton took a swipe at Republican rival Jeb Bush here Friday before a mostly African American crowd where the national debate over race, violence and law enforcement was on full display.

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 candidates. It can be done.” Bush has some advantages over most of his GOP rivals when it comes to Hispanic voters: He speaks Spanish fluently and his wife, Columba, is a native of Mexico. Speaking ahead of Bush, Clinton delivered a speech in which she invoked the Black Lives Matter movement, cited Trayvon Martin, Sandra Bland and others whose deaths set off controversies. 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. And over time, the Trump phenomenon will either succeed or fail based on his proposals.” During the Trump discussion, Bush told NBC’s Lester Holt: “You’re not asking about Scott Walker or other real well-qualified candidates … It’s definitely a phenomenon.”

He talked about how his education reforms helped black students, and his removal of the Confederate flag from the state capitol grounds: “Fourteen years ago, when the question was whether to keep the Confederate flag on the grounds of the Florida state capitol, I said ‘no’ and put it in a museum where it belongs.” He also pointed to his gubernatorial record on diversity: During his tenure, he told the crowd, the state increased the number of black Floridians serving in the judiciary by 43 percent, and its use of minority-owned businesses tripled. Bush is working to expand his support among minorities and to put himself forward as ready to broaden the Republican Party’s tent. “I’m working for every vote,” Mr. While Bush did not speak of Clinton, his spokesman, Tim Miller, fired back in a tweet: “Clintonesque move to pass over chance to unite in favor of a false cheap shot. When you have no record of accomplishment to point to . . . .” Three other presidential hopefuls also spoke: Democrats Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley and tea party favorite Ben Carson, who is running for the Republican nomination. 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.

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.

The retired Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon gave a speech focused on improving economic conditions to help Americans in large cities climb out of poverty, and he recounted his childhood experiences with racism, which he said “there still is and there always will be.” “I have no desire to get rid of safety nets for people who need them,” said Carson. “I have a strong desire, however, to provide people a ladder to get them out of dependency.” He recalled confronting racism as a eighth grader when, as the only black student in his class, he achieved the highest academic performance, leading to his teacher “chastising” other students for falling short of an African American student. “What I have seen and what I have heard tells me that we’re at a moment in time when the black community is receptive,” said former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele, the first black man to hold that job. “As we transition from the Obama administration and the Obama leadership, they are looking. Clinton and two other Democrats who addressed the group focused heavily on a string of deaths of black people at the hands of police or in police custody and on economic inequality. 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. Bush didn’t mention the deaths or the “black lives matter” movement that activists have embraced, instead focusing on his record in Florida on expanding the economy and improving public schools.

Neil Newhouse, a veteran Republican pollster working for a super PAC supporting Bush, said in an e-mail that the “demographic challenges” facing whomever the GOP nominates are “real and significant” but fixable. “The payoff can be significant,” Newhouse said. “It doesn’t take much of a swing in minority votes to make a difference. 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.

Winning even 10 to 14 percent of African American votes in states like Ohio, Florida or Virginia could put those states in the GOP column in ’16.” Cuyahoga County and Cleveland, which will host the first Republican primary debate next week, have been laboratories for that theory. 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. Clinton, the former U.S. secretary of state, said she had long advocated for issues such as raising the minimum wage and fighting for students, particularly early on in her career in the Children’s Defense Fund. Bush’s coming remarks before the largely African-American audience, but said the “real test of a candidate’s commitment” isn’t whether he or she speaks at a particular convention. “It’s whether we’re still around after the cameras are gone and the votes are counted,” she said. And she had fans already committed to her candidacy. “Absolutely, 100 percent: It’s time for a woman,” said conference attendee Dawn Thurston. “The men have had their shot, so it’s time to give a woman a chance.” Coreen Norville, a 57-year-old from of Pembroke Pines, said she likes Clinton but wants more than talk from candidates. “I’ve been around a long time — I’ve seen that show before,” she said of politicians who don’t follow through on their promises.

It’s the brain that makes them who they are.” What 2016 could look like: Hillary Clinton goes after Jeb Bush while he tries to lure Democratic voters 07/31/15 [Last modified: Friday, July 31, 2015 2:15pm] She pointed to controversial actions he took as governor of Florida, including support for a scrubbing of Florida’s voter rolls and ending affirmative action in state universities. 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. It was a soft sell — one of many — and it seemed to work. “We really believe that every vote in every neighborhood of Cuyahoga County is winnable for Republicans,” Frost said. “We are in a fight where we want to win every vote.” Romney won just 17 percent of the nonwhite vote in 2012, down a bit from the 19 percent John McCain won in 2008 and a steeper drop from the 26 percent George W.

The 43rd president’s brother has not shied away from questions about race, confronting the issue more directly than many past Republican candidates. But in my life, it’s important to acknowledge this and to act about that.” Many Republicans also see Marco Rubio, a youthful Cuban American senator from Florida, as a candidate who can build new bridges to black voters. After a campaign stop in Greenville, S.C., this week, Rubio said he thinks the country has a “painful, complicated” history with racism. “I think its impacts are still felt in many communities across the country,” Rubio told reporters.

He acknowledged that some black communities in south Florida feel “deeply disadvantaged,” and with reason. “I think that it’s important for us to confront these issues because we can’t fulfill our promise as a nation if you have a significant percentage of the population feeling as if the American Dream is out of reach for them,” Rubio said. Clinton towers over candidates of both parties in support among African-Americans, and interviews with members of the audience afterward reflected that.

She nailed it.” “It really gave me a viewpoint into a candidate I wouldn’t have considered if he hadn’t come here,” said Marcus Alexander, 32, of Orlando, Fla. “I want to know more about his candidacy and his record.” Some said they were surprisingly impressed with Mr. If we just place energy in grievances all the time, all we’re going to do is stir up resentment.” “If you want to talk about the struggles we’ve had racially over the last few years, you don’t do it by excluding other lives,” Cain said. “The position the Republicans ought to take is that all lives matter, and here’s what we do to improve law enforcement and community relations.” Some Republicans have already adopted that approach. Kasich responded to the fatal police shooting of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old Cleveland boy, by convening a task force to review law enforcement conduct. Sanders’s call for an upending of the political system. “He understands our situation and if we don’t make some paradigm shifts, we will implode. I hope we are building new connections, because the effects of Democratic policies on black communities have frankly not been successful.” Democrats have left fewer openings for the GOP on another issue: voting rights.

Steele noted that the first televised debate of the Republican primary will coincide next Thursday with the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act, which the Supreme Court in 2013 stripped of a key provision providing federal oversight of changes to state voting laws. Democrats say that many Republican-led legislatures are responsible for new voting restrictions – some of which will come into effect for the first time next year – that have passed across the country, including in several crucial swing states. GOP officials and candidates have consistently insisted that voter ID laws are about protecting the integrity of elections, but some Republican strategists have recommended the party move away from championing new voter restrictions. “Ultimately, what can harm our efforts is miscommunication and letting voter ID be demonized,” Frost said. “When I observed voting last year, I saw 99 percent of people pulling out their driver’s licenses as they headed to the polls. If that truth gets lost, then shame on us for not doing a better job of explaining it.” To shrink the Democrats’ 10-to-1 or 20-to-1 margins among black voters, Republicans will do plenty of explaining. They say they’re ready for it — and so is a post-Obama black electorate. “We have a saying on my radio show: ‘Save the saveable,’” Cain said. “You’re not going to save everybody with the facts and the truth.

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