White House hopeful Jeb Bush hits Democratic bastion of SF

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Condi Rice taking reins of Jeb Bush’s education foundation.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – In his first public event since taking steps toward a presidential run, Jeb Bush on Friday called on political leaders to overhaul the country’s immigration and education systems, increase job training programs and ease energy regulations to spur economic growth. “We’re in the fifth, almost sixth year of a recovery and 60 percent of Americans believe we’re still in a recession,” Bush told the annual convention of the National Automobile Dealers Association. “They’re not dumb. Former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice is taking the reins of Jeb Bush’s education foundation while the former Florida governor continues exploring whether he will dive into the 2016 presidential race.The onslaught by email began when Florida’s Republican governor came out in support of a measure to issue driver’s licenses to immigrants in the country illegally.SAN FRANCISCO— Jeb Bush, sounding like a presidential candidate, said in a speech here Friday that Republicans need to deliver a “hopeful optimistic message” to win votes in 2016 while firmly repudiating President Barack Obama ’s policies. “You didn’t come here for a political ad and you are not going to get one,” Mr.

Bush resigned from the foundation late last year after saying that he was considering running for president, and on Thursday he tapped Rice, a member of the foundation’s board for two years, as the organization’s new chairman, the foundation’s Web site says. Jeb Bush of Florida on Friday described immigrants as the “engine of economic vitality” before calling for a more welcoming immigration policy that could put him at odds with some in the more conservative wing of his party. “We need to find a path to legalized status for those who have come here and have languished in the shadows,” Mr. On the explosive issue of immigration, Bush occupies the left side of his party’s spectrum, his views squarely contrary to those of many conservative voters who will help determine the next Republican nominee.

He talked about his Right is Rising political action committee, which is already attracting significant contributions, but assured the dealers this wasn’t a fund-raising speech. “Americans are frustrated. Bush laid out a series of attacks on the president and Washington, taking on rules laid out by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Dodd-Frank Act, the Affordable Care Act, and the president’s foreign policy, among other issues. But his remarks also showed how he is trying to appeal to the GOP base without shifting his positions on issues that remain deeply unpopular with conservative voters. Bush’s statement will probably be a topic of conversation this weekend in Iowa, as many other Republicans attend the Iowa Freedom Summit hosted by Representative Steve King, who maintains a hard-line policy against illegal immigration. Winning applause from the overflow crowd, Bush called President Barack Obama’s health care law a “monstrosity” and a “job killer.” Without naming specific executive actions, he said the next occupant of the White House should “roll back the things where the president has gone beyond his constitutional authority.” On energy, Bush won cheers when he called on government to ease regulations on hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” — even though “it’s not cool on the coasts” — and to open federal lands and waters to energy exploration.

Jeb Bush created the Foundation for Excellence in Education after completing his second term as Florida governor to continue his influential advocacy of school reform. Millions of Americans want to move forward in their lives — they want to rise — but they’re losing hope.” Bush was sharply critical of Washington — not only of President Obama, but also of the Republican-controlled Congress — saying there were too many “academic and political hacks” with “hard-core ideology” who are running the country without making progress. As they belted out “Don’t Stop Believing,” the attendees debated the inevitable topic of whether Bush had a shot at winning the Republican nomination. “I think Romney has a better chance than Jeb, because he’s run before, and he’s not a Bush,” Margie Kinsinger, the CFO at Fred Martin Auto Group in Akron, Ohio, said. “I just don’t think he can excite the base.” “I’m waiting to see if Jeb is as good as his brother,” Anita Baughman of Canton, Ohio, countered.

Bush seemed at times to be responding to President Obama’s State of the Union address, during which the president pushed for government benefits like more generous tax credits for the middle class. On immigration, however, Bush struck a more centrist tone, maintaining his longstanding support for a comprehensive overhaul and calling immigrants “an engine of economic vitality.” The government needs to first secure the border, increase workplace enforcement and stiffen the visa tracking system, he said. Bush, was struggling unsuccessfully to persuade House Republicans to grant legal status to millions of immigrants, Jeb Bush reminded him of the political cost of former Gov.

Fewer and fewer people are rising up economically.” “Our nation’s economy used to grow at 31/2 to 4% a year,” Bush said. “In spite of the last few months when we’ve seen positive job growth the new normal is 1 1/2 to 2%. Bush and Jeb’s brother have delivered speeches at the NADA convention, which draws participants of a more conservative bent that one finds in the city that hosts it.

Bush described the absence of a high-level American official in Paris following the recent terrorist attacks in that city as “a huge missed opportunity.” He also emphasized “a patriotic energy policy” with cautious regulation of hydraulic fracturing, an “economically-driven” immigration system, and touted his education record in Florida. Bush’s foundation hosts a national school reform “summit” every year that brings together like-minded reformers from the worlds of business and policy-making.

Bush spoke of the need for an “optimistic message” for Republicans and for expansion of opportunity and improvements in education, saying the country will see “great social strains if we don’t get education right.” He attacked Mr. A great country like America needs to make sure that students will have the skills and the drive and the determination to rise up.” He unleashed numerous slaps at President Obama, bemoaning the slowdown in U.S. economic growth that followed the 2008 financial crisis. Bush is on a formidable fundraising blitz, asking donors to raise as much as $500,000 by March 30, with the aim of scaring off potential Republican rivals. Bush knew the messages were probably public under state law, and many of his responses were only a word or two in length, with a few hasty misspellings.

In 2012, she and former New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein co-chaired a Council of Foreign Relations task force that wrote a report about U.S. education reform and national security that made three main recommendations: * an annual “national security readiness audit” that would look at how schools are addressing the country’s needs through increased foreign language programs, technology curriculum and more. “Poor black kids trapped in failing neighborhoods schools, that’s the biggest race problem of today. Bush has been making several moves toward a potential presidential run, resigning from a number of corporate boards, and stepping down from his education foundations, allowing him to work full-time on building a political operation. Anybody who isn’t in favor of school choice, anybody who isn’t in favor of educational reform, anybody who defends the status quo in the educational system, that’s racist to me.” Rice did not respond to requests for clarification of these comments, but Georgia Godfrey, her chief of staff at the Hoover Institution, wrote in an e-mail in December that “these remarks aren’t anything new for Condi” and that “she’s said these messages for quite awhile as she is passionate about them.” Godfrey noted that the CFR report addressed school choice.

Bush’s called for simplification of the tax code, including lowering rates and “eliminating as many loopholes as we possible.” He also called for more energy exploration. As governor, he frequently directed his staff to assist immigrants, including those who had arrived illegally, as they sought help with federal agencies. Approving construction of the Keystone XL pipeline was “a no-brainer,” he said,” as is support for horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracking. “It’s not cool here in San Francisco to talk about this,” he joked. But Bush also faced a struggle familiar to Republican leaders in states with large agricultural bases: pressure from GOP-allied interests demanding stability in the labor pool. It’s cool because it creates significant economic activity.” In his appearance here, Bush did not shy away from his place in a dynastic political family.

As Bush’s interest in a presidential campaign has heightened, he has sometimes fumbled attempts to balance his views and the opposing ones held by many in his party. The former governor’s manner was studious and guarded, radiating the same unassuming, cerebral charm that has endeared him to voters in the past, while occasionally speeding up his diction as he rattled off facts and figures. In an article about Rice’s new involvement with Bush’s foundation, the Associated Press noted that while the move does not constitute a political endorsement, “Rice’s move to take over the leadership of Bush’s foundation was sure to be noticed by the GOP activists already engaged in the 2016 race.” It quoted Henry Barbour, a Republican National Committee member from Mississippi, as saying: “Of course, they are going to think she must be inclined to support Jeb.

He occasionally joked about his family history, earning some chuckles from the crowd of auto dealers. “A lot of members have asked what my brother is up to, since he’s been kind of out of the limelight,” Mr. Jeb Bush cited both in his remarks, saying his dad was a model for leadership, especially on foreign policy, and noting that his brother had become a rather fine painter. “Who would’ve thunk it?” he said.

Bush delivering one or two sentences followed by an attempt to coin any catchphrase involving the word “rise.” The online-only engagement should come as no surprise to those who were familiar with Mr. From 2003 to 2005, he backed bills to allow immigrants without proper papers to pay in-state tuition rates at Florida’s state universities — a position that, in the 2012 presidential primaries, proved toxic to Republican Rick Perry, who held the same view as Texas governor. “It seems to me that valedectorians should be treated fairly if for no fault of their own, their parents came illegally to our country,” Bush wrote a friend after a blistering column attacking the plan by Republican activist Phyllis Schlafly.

Clinton was a keynote speaker at last year’s auto dealers convention, in New Orleans, where she disclosed that she had not driven a car in nearly 20 years. “The last time I actually drove a car myself was 1996,” she said. After repeated defeats in the Legislature, Bush apologized to a Miami high school senior, son of parents from the Dominican Republic and a resident for six years, who worried that “without this bill passing we will be left washing dishes or without jobs altogether.” The emails that were released were largely silent on Bush’s brother’s effort to move GOP opinion on federal immigration policy during that period, but at times Jeb Bush was openly critical of what he saw as hostility from many Republicans. He responded personally to hundreds of thousands of emails during his two terms, his jeb@jeb.org email address offering a personal touch compared with the 311 lines used by many cities. The evening after inaugurating Marco Rubio, son of a Cuban emigre, as the designated speaker of the Florida House, the governor wrote that it signaled hope “that our party can renew itself, something that I fret about at the national level.” In 2006, toward the end of his term in office, Bush grew emphatic in a lengthy commentary to a Los Angeles Times reporter who had written a story on his brother’s immigration battles with Congress. “The notion that we would felonize folks that have been here and that are contributing to our progress is just plain wrong. … Penalizing the children of illegal immigrants by denying US citizenship is wrong,” wrote Bush. During the question-and-answer session, when the association’s chairman asked Bush his favorite kind of car, Bush said he just bought a Ford Fusion. “For the record, I do drive,” he said, adding that he plans to return to the dealership for a two-hour tutorial on the Fusion’s technology.

He did not offer his own plan, but was critical of the debate. “The cumulative effect of some politicians pounding their chests about immigration is hurtful,” he wrote. Bush made few mentions of his brother, the last Republican president, but referred to his father’s leadership as well as invoking former President Ronald Reagan. He said he loves Sundays — “It’s Sunday fun day” — because he doesn’t work. “I play golf really fast so I can have breakfast really fast so I can go to Mass slower — can’t ask the priest to accelerate that. His email files show no responses to them, but he directed his economic development chief to arrange a gift: a Miami vacation, to a Colorado charity where Tancredo was to host an auction. The audience for his paid speech here at the conference, chock-full of car dealership owners, is a solid fund-raising base that leans heavily Republican.

But I learned that in order to make your case or in order to serve or in order to advance a cause, you have to connect with people, and you can’t connect with people if you’re back in the corner reading a book.” Bush’s speech, it could be said that the surroundings here, in a city synonymous with technology, were a little friendlier for a first foray than an Iowa farm.

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