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Jeb Bush on GOP: 'We've lost our way,' need to 'listen and learn' from campaigns

From the New York Times:

With eyes increasingly on him, Jeb Bush signaled on Sunday the kind of campaign he would mount if he ran for president: one arguing against ideological purity tests while challenging party orthodoxy on issues like immigration and education.

Even as he sharply criticized President Obama for his handling of foreign affairs and health care, Mr. Bush made clear that he would run against the style of politics that has characterized recent Republican nominating contests. He said he would decide by the end of the year, in part on whether he thought that with a “hopeful” message, he could avoid “the vortex of a mud fight.”

“We need to elect candidates who have a vision that is bigger and broader, and candidates that are organized around winning the election, not making points,” Mr. Bush told an audience at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum here. “Campaigns ought to be about listening and learning and getting better. I do think we’ve lost our way.”

He added, “I’m not being critical of my party, but campaigns themselves are reflective of this new America.”

Mr. Bush, the former two-term governor of Florida and the son and brother of former presidents, returned to the bosom of the family’s extensive political network to discuss his future and the country’s. His town-hall-style conversation capped a three-day reunion celebrating the 25th anniversary of the first Bush presidency, ensuring that much of the talk would center on whether there would be a third. Story here.

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Voice of reason

This guy has my support if he runs!

Can't take anymore

Those of us that remember the real JEB! recall that as Florida's governor for two terms he was petulant, hard right, one who punished any opposition and always played political hardball. This make nice stuff is total hooey. Just look at how he behaved towards the husband during the Terri Schiavo drama. JEB! has never been open to ideas that weren't his in the first place. Give me a break! He's finally going to fulfill his delayed dream of running for the presidency.

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