Jeb Bush laid out familiar criticisms of Donald Trump and President Barack Obama in a speech in West Palm Beach Monday.
Bush spoke to about 900 people at the Forum Club, an event that draws a business and government crowd. It followed an event Bush held at Chico’s restaurant in Hialeah earlier in the day.
Bush criticized Obama’s handling of the war on terror.
“Our president can’t even call it what it is,” Bush said, a veiled reference to Obama avoiding the term “radical Islamic terrorism.”
Bush said that Obama “brags about containment and then within hours the Paris attacks take place and then the San Bernardino attacks takes place.”
When Obama made a comment about “containment” of ISIS in November, he was referring to ISIS’s territorial expansion in Iraq and Syria, PolitiFact found. Obama did not rule out the potential for a terrorist attack.
In response to a question on immigration, Bush snuck in an attack on some of his GOP rivals when he said “I haven’t changed my views. Candidates seem to go into the witness protection about this issue.”
That could have been a veiled attack on his rival, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, who backed comprehensive immigration reform in 2013 and now calls for a piecemeal approach. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has also changed part of his message on immigration -- for example he no longer supports expanding H1-B visas.
Although most of the event focused on serious topics such as terrorism, guns and ISIS Bush managed to sprinkle in a tad of humor -- particularly about Trump.
At the end of the event, the moderator asked Bush what he would say to Trump if he walked into the room.
“Donald I will take you on one on one in a debate. Anytime, any place.”