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Jeb Bush commends Obama on education reform, chastises on deportations

After Mitt Romney addressed the NALEO conference of Hispanic leaders in Miami, Jeb Bush took the stage and drew a much more enthusiastic reception than the former Massachusetts governor. Switching back and forth between English and Spanish, Bush spoke about the importance of reforming the education system through higher standards, more accountability and school choice.

"To me this.this is the great civil right, and you as leaders in your communities need to take a stand and to be strongly supportive of education reform, to move to a child-centered system where children truly have a greater chance of gaining the power of knowledge,'' Bush said, arguing for higher standards, accountability and more school choice.

Education reform is one area where Bush often agrees with the Obama administration, and the Republican former governor said he was proud to introduce President Obama last year at a Miami high school.

"I don't know about you, but when we find common ground we shouldn't fight any more. We should move on and build on that success,'' Bush said. "Apparently one can get in trouble when they say these kinds of things, but I happen to believe it's the American Way. There's enough to fight about."

Bush was considerably less charitable about the president's move last week to halt some deportations.

"it was a purely political move to pre-empt, and that’s exactly what the motive was," Bush said of Obama. "He’s had supermajorities in the House and Senate to fulfill his promise he made in the last campaign, and what we’ve heard are crickets. I mean, not a single move. And then to do this was a good political move. Bad policy in the sense that it’s a stopgap -- it creates continued uncertainty for a whole lot of people who don’t deserve it.”

-- Adam C Smith, Tampa Bay Times

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