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From Common Core to immigration, Jeb Bush shows he's 'the Eat Your Broccoli' Republican


Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor and a leading contender in the early GOP race for the White House, has fashioned himself as the “education governor.”

But on Friday, Bush went veggie.

“I was the kind of the Eat Your Broccoli Governor,” Bush joked at the Broward Workshop business breakfast where he pointed out that his policies weren’t always perceived as sweet.

Judging from the applause of the 900 or so business leaders in attendance, Bush’s speech was received like candy.

In rapid-fire fashion, Bush hopped from topic to topic geared toward the business crowd: immigration reform, Port Everglades dredging, bond ratings, state and federal debt loads, education reform, pro-growth policies, foreign trade and imprecations against “taxing assets, taxing income, taxing the air you breathe, the excuse-me-for-living tax.”

But there’s one topic he wouldn’t touch: Whether he was running for president.

Bush tried to duck reporters on his way out of the Signature Grand event in Davie, and would only tell the media that he planned to make a decision later this year – likely after the 2014 elections.

In a friendly question-and-answer session, AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson wouldn’t even ask him the question.

Instead, Jackson referenced Bush’s mother, Barbara Bush, who said the country has had enough Bush presidents, namely his brother and father.

“If you were to run for president,” Jackson asked, “would you get your mother’s vote?”

“So, um, yes,” Bush said.

Earlier Jackson made a joke about New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s woes in what’s known as a the “Bridgegate” scandal

“When you were governor,” Jackson asked, “did you ever close any bridges for traffic studies?”

Bush wouldn’t answer.

With Christie’s fall, Bush is now seen as the candidate of the GOP establishment.

Bush is favored to be the GOP’s frontrunner in a new analysis from the University of Virginia's Center for Politics, which plays up the establishment roots of Bush, the son and brother of former presidents.

Some nationwide polls show Bush in front. Others indicate Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is the Republican to beat.

Nearly all show Democrat Hillary Clinton would beat them all, even in Florida, in 2016.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a Bush friend and protégé, was once a frontrunner and is now in the middle or bottom of the pack in many early polls.

Dragging Rubio down: his support of bipartisan immigration reform last year. Bush has essentially the same stances as Rubio on the issue.

Bush has advocated for pathways to citizenship and residency for illegal immigrants, enhanced border security and immigrant tracking technology and an emphasis on admitting immigrants based on the nation’s needs, not family relationships with current U.S. citizens.

Bush said immigrants capture the entrepreneurial spirit of America.

“People who come here legally and illegally are the risk takers,” Bush said. “If you’re living in a rural area of Guatemala and you come, you’re a bigger risk taker than those who stay.”

Aside from immigration, Bush’s advocacy for Common Core State Standards has earned him enmity on the right.

Bush has repeatedly explained the standards, implemented and controlled by the states, are designed to make the United States more competitive with the rest of the world. He said those who oppose the standards support the “status quo,” oppose testing and are worried too much about children’s self-esteem.

“Let me tell you something. In Asia today, they don’t care about children’s self esteem. They care about math, whether they can read – in English – whether they understand why science is important, whether they have the grit and determination to be successful,” Bush said.

“You tell me which society is going to be the winner in this 21st Century: The one that worries about how they feel, or the one that worries about making sure the next generation has the capacity to eat everybody’s lunch?”

Bush touted Florida’s educational improvement as a model for the nation.

In a comment that could equally apply to his position on education as it could to a candidate for president, Bush said more needs to be done.

“The minute you kind of pull back and say ‘We can rest on our laurels’ is the first day of your decline,” he said.


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Can't take anymore

There were really no signature achievements or programs implemented during his eight years as governor that would qualify JEB! to be president of the United States. Self promotion and an overwhelming sense of entitlement do not substitute for the kind of experience we need to make our country safe and secure.


And that is why Can't take anymore is voting for Charlie Crist... because he is the type to get a job and stick with it, roll up his sleeves and find solutions!

Can't take anymore

Gee, Hmmmmmmm. Can't you figure out that the amount of ego involved in running for president is several orders of magnitude greater than that of a run for Florida's governor. I didn't vote for Charlie the first time he ran but with Scott as the only alternative it is much easier to do now.

David Farrar

If Mexico was a serious military power, we'd be facing the same kind of threat in Le Voz de Aztlan area of the United States as the Ukrainians are today with Russia in the Crimea.

ex animo

Qarma Steel

" He said those who oppose the standards support the “status quo,” oppose testing and are worried too much about children’s self-esteem"

Now I know my comment may only be seen by a handful of people but I'm not going to let him get a way with that lie.

Being opposed to any change is NOT a defacto support of the status quo. It's this kind of dishonest rhetoric that galls me and has me looking elsewhere for leadership. Jeb ain't it and neither is Charlie.

Donnie Paul

The GOP is setting themselves up for another
Presidential loss. Rubio and Bush will
keep the base of the party home on election
day 2016 . 2012 4.5 Million of the GOP base
Did Not vote... With Jeb running the number
will be considerably higher.

tea party

If bush get the nomination, I would be forced to vote for Hillary. . No more ring's..tired of the Bush and Clinton family. . The reason I would vote for Hillary instead is because bush will destroy the gop


Jebbers= RINO


bank robbers are risk takers also.....

Gary Simpson

If nominated as the Republican Presidential candidate, he will be the final dagger into the heart of America - as he is no conservative, nor was his big brother George. Conservatives will stay home in groves if he is nominated - no more RINO candidates. It is better to run a true conservative and lose than to win with a RINO>


You fools that love illegals so much, why not let them move into your once nice hoods and ivory towers? Let their fat retarded screaming anchor babies poop in your pools. Why not let some of those nice fat greaseball cholos babysit your little daughters? See how that works out for you bleeding heart fools.

dan linden

The republicans are so stupid. To think another Bush would get elected shows how arrogant they are. Bush would lose in a land slide.


The establishment RINO'S WANT TO SELL OUT! wow!

Ria Pendergrass (@Valiantlady)

Well, I wouldn't be crazy about the idea of him getting the nomination, but if it comes down to a choice between him and Ms Clinton, I'd vote for him. I'd rather a 3rd Bush than another Clinton. One was more than enough. I'm just sayin.


A Christy or Bush nomination will split the party. Well, maybe that's
what is needed. I will not be supporting a Chamber of Commerce Lap Dog.


christy or bush will be a disaster for party and country, any of you who are considering either of these jackasses please promptly kill yourself before you kill the rest of us


Republicans have lost Florida in the last 2 Presidential elections. They may be desperate for a win here, but Jeb Bush will not help. I will vote for a third party candidate if JB is the Republican nominee.


I am against Immigration and Do NOT SUPPORT Common Core! I like the Bushes.....but I don't support these things? If Jeb is for these? I could not support HIM!
Neither would I support a Clinton for anything!
That would be a total disaster!


If that fat pig loves illegals so much why don't he and the rest of the fools living in ivory towers let them move in and let their fat retarded screaming anchor babies poop in their pools. See how that works out.


The "illegals" and the "legal" immigrants are not risk takers when the current administration has shown an unwillingness to follow the laws related to their presence. The current argument on "immigration" has succeeded in mis-directing our attention to solely the illegal border crossers. How many so called "legal immigrants" have broken our laws concerning over stays, criminal acts and government fraud with no repercussion to their status. I personally know of one and I'm sure there are many others this administration has turned a blind eye to in its attempt to boost the democratic voting pool. As it stands now, the immigrants risk nothing so long as the government does not follow through with current immigration laws. There is no guarantee that the current administration will follow any new laws enacted by any so called "reform" any better than they follow current law.


Between the Bushs and the Clintons, I'm afraid this country is officially f*****!!!!


GO JEB! I will vote for you!

George Williams

Our immigration laws were established to keep out those who would be likely to require taxpayer subsidies. Apparently Mr. Bush is so secure in his wealth that he cares little that the impact of illegal immigration is ultimately billions of dollars in law enforcement operations. We condemn the criminals for the cost that their acts impose upon the taxpayer. I will not praise illegal aliens because of their ambition to come here, as they are ultimately a burden on us, regardless of their intent to be independent. Mr. Bush should recognize who his constituency are. They are not the would be immigrant/illegal alien who we've established expensive measures to keep out. I would never vote for a man whose pity for illegal aliens is greater than his allegiance to the current citizens.

Mrs. Ed Jenkins

Oh, Jeb -- cut it out!!!! the whole "immigrant" success story is bunk, and you know it. The immigrants about which you speak had the stability and even personal resources to get here and succeed. But look at the quality of life in their home countries. There are tons of people who escape poverty here -- but they are not the average. And a lot of those people mired in poverty work extremely hard or would do so, if they had a job.

letty bromenschenkel

Drug dealers are risk takers too. Does Jeb Bush propose rewards for them too?

No one Stupid should be allowed to become the GOP Candidate for anything including Dog Catcher. I like The Bush family. They are politically illiterate. Do gooders are not leaders. We are not a pity party nation.

letty bromenschenkel

1. Illegals are NOT Immigrants, they are criminal foreign invaders:
2. legal migrant workers, legal skilled workers, legal foreign students are not IMMIGRANTS either they are "guests"... they must leave when their Visa's expire:
(should they fail to leave they are then criminals and NOT Immigrants )
3. Immigrants are law abiding foreign nationals who honor this country's generous invitation to go through a process to become "legal" USA residents and ultimately under the guidelines USA citizens: Should they fail to follow all of the laws, they then can become illegal immigrants.
Illegals are criminals, they do not respect this nation, its citizens, its sovereign nation rights and they break the laws every single day they are here:
They have zero character, zero morals, zero values: they lie , cheat , steal, deal drugs, engage in black market activities, murder, rape, destroy , and exploit.
We do not need future citizens who have zero character, zero values, zero principles, zero integrity , zero respect.
everyone needs to keep repeating these facts .

letty bromenschenkel

current immigration laws of MEXICO !

1. There will be no special bilingual programs in the schools.

2. All ballots will be in this nation's language.

3. All government business will be conducted in our language.

4. Non-residents will NOT have the right to vote no matter how long they are here.

5. Non-citizens will NEVER be able to hold political office.

6. Foreigners will not be a burden to the taxpayers. No welfare, no food stamps, no health care, or other government assistance programs. Any burden will be deported.

7. Foreigners can invest in this country, but it must be an amount at least equal to 40,000 times the daily minimum wage.

8. If foreigners come here and buy land... options will be restricted. Certain parcels including waterfront property are reserved for citizens naturally born into this country.

9. Foreigners may have no protests; no demonstrations, no waving of a foreign flag, no political organizing, no bad-mouthing our president or his policies. These will lead to deportation.

10. If you do come to this country illegally, you will be actively hunted &, when caught, sent to jail until your deportation can be arranged. All assets will be taken from you.

Tom Porter

If he feels that way about immigration then he *really shouldn't run.* Are not bank robbers also....."risk takers?"
As an Independent, just based on this article I wouldn't vote for Mr Bush.
He's going to lose us Independents with positions like that. And you don't win elections without the Independent vote.

Keith Kennedy

Are the people still going to put up with the Globalist Bush mentality?

Is the Republican Establishment going to foist another Bush on us, again?

When will people wake up?..The RNC want more Cheap-Labor coming into the USA for the Global Corporation Masters. BOTH the DNC and RNC want more Cheap-Labor Immigration (for their Wall Street Masters)

Vote for REAL Conservatives for the Senate. Bush or Clinton have already been "chosen" by the Global Corporations.



Keith Kennedy

There are not enough jobs for the native born Americans.
That does not matter.
The Global Corporations want Low-Wage Immigrant workers at their disposal.

Also, the DNC and RNC hope to have Immigrants outvote what's left of the native White Middle Class...That way the final threat to Elite Rule will be snuffed out.



What f****ng puke. They break the laws, over burden our hospitals, schools & scam our welfare system & they're heroes to him.



1st Cav 229th AHB

this little punk let terri schiavo twist in the wind....I don't care what side of the issue you are on....this little punk showed no leadership and let some 3rd rate county sheriff show what a weakling he really is.
vote for this moron, I will stay home again.......McShame, Romney, Bush......all RINO NWO shills. put the us militaty on the mexican border......Putin just showed the world that borders still matter.


Jeb Bush must start with studying the Constitution. When immigration is followed by US immigration law, We the People will accept the entry of these people. Praise for the legal immigrant entries, yes...Praise for the illegal immigrant entries, no....Jeb Bush's mother is right! We the People do not need or want more Bush's in the White House....ROMNEY 2016


No more of the Bush family . . . please.

James Albright

What is a Democrat doing in the Republican Party ? He must be a Spy.


"Some nationwide polls show Bush in front."

Nonsense. Only a made-up poll would - one meant to tell people what to think.


"... admitting immigrants based on the nation’s needs...."

Not only do we not need immigrants - we need to get rid of about 20 million interlopers here.

Chris Quackenbush

What kind of poll would ever indicate Bush is leading? Reading these posts, I can see my disgust and disdain for Jeb Bush is widely shared. This man has done more damage to education than the soviet union. He's a self centered Mama's boy who is selling the children down the river for money and power. The education giant, Pearson PLC has contributed. Their 3rd largest shareholder is the government of Libya. Look it up!

Hamilton Boone

Mr. Caputo,
The statement; "Bush has repeatedly explained the standards, IMPLEMENTED AND CONTROLLED BY THE STATES" whether by Mr. Bush or you is incorrect. The standards were the work of 2 private trade groups in Washington, DC. The states have NO CONTROL over the standards what so ever.

You cannot assess standards without curriculum. If there is both promotion of standards (the beginning) and assessment (the end), then curriculum (the middle) must be present and is controlled by those that produced the others. The states do none of these, it is ultimately the Federal government that will control education in Florida unless we stop the "Bush, Gates, etc. good ole boy",system that has been up to this point deaf to our plea to Stop Common Core. Fl. HB25 will at least pause Common core so we can see, actual cost, impact on our children's education, qualtiy of standards, etc.

Hamilton Boone

Carlos Goldstein

Illegal immigrants, by definition, are flaunting our laws by coming in outside of the proper LEGAL path.
If "Jeb" Bush thinks citizenship is the proper reward for such insolence, then he is a very confused "leader."

Domenic Camarillo

I just hear another politician not willing to enforce the laws of the US. We will cease to exist as a country if completely eliminate the border. Mexico is dumping it's problems on the US. They are getting rid of the most unskilled and uneducated people in their society. Why are people in the US so excited to give up their country for people who spit on them?


Mr. Bush, we are comparing apples and oranges when we compare American education to Asian education. We should care about our children's self-esteem, that will matter when they have to use critical thinking skills to make real world decisions. What is really great is that we are worried about 100% of our students self esteem. I believe you said the Asian countries were focusing on them being able to read and do math. Thru are concerned for the top percentage of their students to continue learning these things. To hell with the rest of them...that's their attitude! That's sad! We would have missed out on some of our best inventors like Einstein. Shame on us for even considering modeling our education system after theirs!


We should take parenting advice from Jeb Bush?

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