Jeb Bush: Win black voters with aspiration, not ‘free stuff’

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Jeb Bush Begins to Embrace Last Name on Campaign Trail.

Jeb Bush told a crowd in South Carolina on Thursday that Republicans could attract more African-Americans with a message of “hope and aspiration,” and not with promises of “free stuff” — a phrase that echoed controversial comments made by Mitt Romney during and after his 2012 bid for president. During last week’s debate, Bush vigorously defended his brother against Donald Trump’s attacks on the Iraq War, a 180 from just months ago when he struggled to distance himself from brother George W.FRANKFORT – When Kentucky Republicans last agreed to conduct a caucus to choose their presidential preference some said it would draw more candidates than just favorite son, Republican U.S. The remarks, reported by The Washington Post, came in response to a question from a white man in a largely white crowd in Mount Pleasant, who asked how Mr.

Bush’s record in Iraq. “As it relates to my brother, there is one thing I know for sure: He kept us safe,” Bush declared, prompting a huge round of applause from the audience. Bush planned to appeal to African-Americans. “Our message is one of hope and aspiration,” he said, according to The Post. “It isn’t one of division and get in line and we’ll take care of you with free stuff.

Days later, at the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference in Michigan, Bush again bear-hugged his family dynasty when declaring that the U.S. needs to improve its relationship with Israel and Canada. Bush, Kristy Campbell, noted that the candidate “talks constantly about the need for Republicans to reach out to all voters,” though she did not directly address the reference to “free stuff.” “We will never be successful in elections without communicating that conservative principles and conservative policies are the only path to restoring the right to rise for every single American,” Ms. But I hope people understand this, your friends who like Obamacare, you remind them of this, if they want more stuff from government tell them to go vote for the other guy — more free stuff.” Romney was explaining his remarks that day at the NAACP’s national convention, where he was booed. “We’re pluralistic,” Bush added. “We’re not multicultural.

After three months of active campaigning, the rollout of a half-dozen unique policy proposals and innumerable television interviews, Bush’s advisers believe Jeb has started to prove he’s his own man. Marco Rubio told Matt Jones of Kentucky Sports Radio on Thursday he plans to compete in the caucus scheduled for next March. “Yeah, our goal is to be involved in every state possible,” Rubio said when Jones asked if he’d run in the caucus. “It won’t be today, but certainly I think you’re going to see us make that commitment.” Former Florida governor Jeb Bush, brother and son to two presidents, planned to pay his $15,000 filing fee on Thursday to participate. Bush has made a point of drawing a contrast with his brother and father on some key policy issues, particularly those important to conservatives, like government spending and judicial nominees. Bush has said government spending during his brother’s time in the White House could’ve been “more disciplined,” and has called for a balanced budget amendment and presidential line-item veto power as reforms.

The Republican Party of Kentucky made the switch at the behest of Paul, so he could get around a state law which prevents him from appearing on the same ballot for two offices. He’s also criticized past presidents — not by name, but the implication is clear — for picking Supreme Court nominees “that don’t have a proven record,” and ultimately prove to be insufficiently committed to conservative principles on the bench. Rubio said he wouldn’t criticize Paul, but he said his running for both offices could leave the Florida Republican Party without a viable Senate candidate. “But the other thing is I just made up my mind that I want to be president of the United States at this time in our history and that’s what I’m focused on,” Rubio said. “He’s not well-informed on the issues.

The self-described introvert has taken knocks from Trump for being “low-energy,” and has worked on the campaign trail to show a lighter, more gregarious side. He really never talks about the issues and can’t have more than a 10-second sound bite on any key issue,” said Rubio, adding Trump “is a very touchy and insecure guy.” Rubio differed with Trump in another way: he doesn’t question President Barack Obama’s religion or place of birth, saying his disagreements with Obama are on policy. Romney attributed his loss in part to policy “gifts” that the president had bestowed upon traditional Democratic constituencies, including African-Americans and Hispanics. Until recently, South Carolina was long seen as a firewall in the Republican primary: Since the inception of the “First in the South” contest in 1980, the winner has gone on to win the GOP nomination in every election except 2012, when Newt Gingrich won.

Rubio said the country is facing a massive economic and geopolitical transformation and leaders need to modernize policies for a new era or become a second-rate power. Asked who his favorite president was, Bush offered to share one he thought was, “as my brother would say, ‘misunderappreciated,'” a good-natured jab at his brother’s infamous use of malapropisms. And the Bush family, as a whole, may not be as unpopular as critics have made them out to be, said Craig Robinson, a former Iowa Republican Party political director. “While there are definitely some things that conservatives have problems with the Bushes on, there’s a lot of things they still appreciate,” Robinson said. In his remarks, Bush repeatedly encouraged the crowd to support him in the vote early next year. “I’ve been really good today,” said Bush toward the end of his remarks, before blasting Trump’s plan to deport the nation’s undocumented immigrants. “I haven’t talked about him.” At the top of his speech, Bush said he wakes up each day “with joy in my heart, with excitement — yes, Mr. The survey showed big brother Bush was seen more favorably than Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton among adults nationwide; and a Bloomberg/Des Moines Register poll showed 57 percent of likely Iowa GOP caucus goers thought having his brother as an adviser would be good for a Jeb Bush presidency.

Bush showed remorse when asked about his relationship with the state’s black voters, who had flocked to his opponent four years earlier. “Republicans have ignored the black vote in this state, and I was part of that, and it was a mistake,” Mr. Robinson pointed to national security in particular as a potential advantage for Jeb gleaned by family ties, noting that most of the party’s more seasoned national security experts worked in one of the Bush administrations, so the younger Bush would be “foolish” to overlook them. Still, it’s not clear that embracing his family legacy is any more a savvy strategic move for Bush than it is a necessary one, and Republican strategists warned the candidate still faces significant risks. Bernie Sanders that “crazy guy from Vermont” and mocked surprise that former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton came out against constructing the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Bush’s re-election campaign in 2004, said highlighting his family ties may emphasize his establishment credentials, which could hurt him with conservatives in the primary. “Reminding people of sort of the legacy aspect…makes Jeb seem like he’s an insider, and makes him seem like he has all the advantages. Bush with President Obama, who the campaign said had “worked to divide Americans for political gain.” “His focus is on uplifting people, not dividing them,” Ms. It’s broken.” He criticized the intense partisanship that has seized the nation’s capital and pledged to try to break the gridlock as president. “Basically, it’s like World War I … they’re in trenches, they’re sending chemical weapons back and forth,” he said. “No one talks.

But Mackowiak noted that it would be difficult for Bush to escape that perception to begin with, and suggested the candidate might as well take the good with the bad.

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