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Jeb Bush appeals to GOP grassroots and tells party: 'stop acting stupid' courting Hispanics

With Mitt Romney trailing Barack Obama badly among Hispanic voters in the polls, Republicans paraded out their top Hispanic political celebrities Tuesday and tapped the financial and influential heft of former Gov. Jeb Bush to help suture the gap. \

Speaking at a panel discussion at the Republican National Convention, Bush repeated his frequent warning that the party must change its tone, an admonition he has frequently raised about the party’s hardline position on immigration.

“The future of our party is to reach out consistently to have a tone that is open and hospitable to people who share values,’’ he said, adding “the conservative cause would be the governing philosophy as far as the eye could see … and that’s doable if we just stop acting stupid.”

Bush was joined by two Latino governors in an event organized by the Hispanic Leadership Network, a newly formed advocacy group associated with the American Action Network. The group will finance issue ads and promote what it calls a “center-right” agenda.

Bush’s youngest son, Jeb Bush Jr, announced the emergence of SunPac, a Coral Gables–based organization that targets young Hispanics in Florida to support their issues and get involved in politics.

And the prime time television schedule included two of the convention’s five Hispanics headliners: Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval and Texas Senate candidate Ted Cruz. The others, Gov. Luis Fortuño of Puerto Rico and Gov. Susana Martinez of New Mexico, will follow Wednesday. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio will introduce Mitt Romney on Thursday.

The top draw for Republicans showcasing their Hispanic bonafides: Rubio. More here.

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Peter Principle

"Jeb Bush appeals to GOP grassroots and tells party: 'stop acting stupid'"

That's like asking a skunk to stop stinking.

ers

Florida has the best the republicans have to offer...Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio

Can't Take Anymore

JEB! and his pro-corporation Republican pals were only too happy to use the pro-lifers, NRA pro-gun absolutists, racist Obama-haters, anti-science, anti-immigrant and Teabaggger loonies to attack the Democrats at every turn. Now they are losing control of their shock troops and he wants to scold them for getting "too" extreme in their publicly stated views! The former fringe of the Republican Party is now their mainstream however radical their views may be to the majority of us.

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