September 02, 2015

Donald Trump quiere que Jeb Bush hable inglés

via @learyreports

“I like Jeb. He’s a nice man. But he should really set the example by speaking English while in the United States.”

-- Donald Trump, as quoted today by Breitbart News.

"Experience should be in a luxury hotel of 400 rooms or more. Effective supervisory skills. Bi-lingual English/Spanish desired. Should be detailed and highly organized. Must have flexible availability."

- Trump International (Miami) job description.

--ALEX LEARY, Tampa Bay Times

Jeb Bush: Donald Trump 'proposed enacting the largest tax increase in American history'

Republican candidates continue to attack Donald Trump on his past positions,claiming he is not the conservative he says he is today.

Jeb Bush picked up the attack by taking on Trump over tax policy.

"I cut taxes every year," Bush said at an Aug. 20 rally in New Hampshire. "He’s proposed the largest tax increase in mankind’s history, not just our own country’s history."

The next day Bush repeated the basic claim in a fundraising email: "Trump proposed enacting the largest tax increase in American history."

Seems like something worth fact-checking. See what PolitiFact Florida found.

September 01, 2015

Tired of Donald Trump's 'blah blah blah' attacks, Jeb Bush goes on the offensive



Jeb Bush promised to campaign for president “joyfully.”

Alas, candidates don’t always get to run the races they expected. 

His early poll numbers slipping — and Donald Trump’s rising — Bush veered from the happy talk Tuesday. He took the Republican front-runner head on, in sharper terms than he has before, and tried to position himself as the un-Trump — the candidate who will outlast the feverish summer-of-Trump phenomenon.

El hombre no es conservador” — the man is not conservative, Bush told reporters in Spanish after a Miami campaign stop. “Besides, he tries to personalize everything. If you’re not totally in agreement with him, you’re an idiot, or stupid, or don’t have energy, or blah blah blah.”

This is the Bush some of his Florida supporters and donors have been waiting to see, a candidate with a little more edge and a little more fire who picks his shots at Trump.

Yet attacking the celebrity candidate is still a risky strategy. In seeking a two-man, Trump-vs.-Bush contest, Bush might burn Trump — or he might get burned himself, leaving an opening for another candidate to emerge as the GOP’s top choice. Some Miami Republicans hope that will be Sen. Marco Rubio, who has been biding his time in the middle of the pack.

More here.

This post has been updated.

Jeb Bush fires back with video calling Donald Trump 'liberal'


A day after Donald Trump's campaign put out a web video slamming Jeb Bush over immigration, the Bush camp has produced a video of its own calling Trump liberal.


Team Bush hopes portraying Trump as anything but a conservative will chip away at Trump's popularity among Republican presidential voters. But Trump isn't necessarily doing well in the polls because of his ideology, so attacking him over it -- as rivals would do in a typical political contest -- might not be all that effective.

Republicans like that Trump "tells it like it is," according to a poll by Bloomberg Politics and The Des Moines Register. They also don't seem to think of him as a conservative firebrand: The poll shows 41 percent of Trump's GOP Iowa supporters consider him "moderate." Thirty-five percent consider him "conservative," 10 percent "liberal" and 4 percent "very conservative."

The Trump campaign declined to comment.

August 31, 2015

Jeb Bush's misleading claim about the release of his emails

As the other presidential candidate with a private email server, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is trying to contrast himself with Democrat Hillary Clinton.

"My email address, write it down, and send me your thoughts,," he’s shown telling a crowd in an Aug. 27, 2015, campaign video (the clip is from the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines on Aug. 14). "By the way, I just gave out my email address. It’s exactly what I did when I was governor of the state of Florida. I released all my emails; I’m writing an e-book about my emails."

Bush and Clinton have drawn criticism from campaign rivals because they both used private email accounts and servers for their government jobs.

But can Bush claim he’s released all of his emails as a way of drawing a distinction between himself and Clinton? No, in reality, he's done exactly what Clinton has done. Bush says he has turned over and made public all the emails he was required to. That's the same argument Clinton is making.

And like Clinton, that means we may never know with 100 percent certainty if Bush left out any work-related emails.

Turn to Joshua Gillin's fact-check from PolitiFact Florida.

Donald Trump jabs Jeb Bush over immigration 'act of love' comment, without noting Bush says he'd deport criminals


Donald Trump posted an Instagram video Monday hitting Jeb Bush over his early 2014 remark calling illegal immigration an "act of love."

The video overlays Bush's words with mug shots of convicted murderers in the U.S. illegally. Intended to frighten and anger viewers, it quickly drew Twitter comparisons to George H.W. Bush's ads in the 1988 presidential campaign against Michael Dukakis over repeated criminal offender Willie Horton.

The ad fails to mention that Bush supports deporting people in the country illegally who commit serious crimes. It also indicates Trump, for all of his dismissing of Bush as a rival, still considers him a top competitor worth attacking.


Bush's campaign responded by reiterating its attack on Trump -- that he's not a real conservative -- and portraying him as soft on crime.
"Jeb Bush has a record of cracking down on violent criminals as Governor of Florida, while Donald Trump has up until it was convenient supported liberal, soft-on-crime politicians," Bush spokeswoman Kristy Campbell said. "His immigration plan is not conservative, would violate the constitution and cost hundreds of billions of dollars, which he will likely attempt to pay for through with massive tax hikes."
Here are Bush's full "act of love" remarks: 
There are means by which we can control our border better than we have. And there should be penalties for breaking the law. But the way I look at this -- and I'm going to say this, and it'll be on tape and so be it. The way I look at this is someone who comes to our country because they couldn’t come legally, they come to our country because their families -- the dad who loved their children -- was worried that their children didn’t have food on the table. And they wanted to make sure their family was intact, and they crossed the border because they had no other means to work to be able to provide for their family. Yes, they broke the law, but it’s not a felony. It’s an act of love. It’s an act of commitment to your family. I honestly think that that is a different kind of crime that there should be a price paid.
This post has been updated.

Scott Walker attacks Jeb Bush over Iran deal


Scott Walker, who has been struggling in the polls even in Iowa, the state where he appeared strongest, has a new web video out juxtaposing his position on the Iran nuclear deal with Jeb Bush's.

Neither 2016 Republican presidential candidate backs the agreement, which President Obama is trying to sell to the GOP-controlled Congress. Walker's ad, though, doesn't note that.

Instead, it highlights that Bush has avoided saying that he'll rip up the deal on the first day of his presidency. Bush has suggested doing so is an empty campaign promise since no newly elected president will realistically be able to take such a dramatic step just after being sworn in (and some conservative pundits have said as much).

"I will not probably have a confirmed secretary of state; I will not have a confirmed national security team in place; I will not have consulted with our allies. I will not have had the intelligence briefings to have made a decision," Bush said in Nevada last month. "If you're running for president, I think it's important to be mature and thoughtful about this."

Here's what Walker pledges in the ad: "I will terminate it on Day One."

"Governor Bush has repeatedly said it's a terrible deal, that Congress should reject it, and that if elected he would begin the process immediately to responsibly undo the deal and the damage it has done to our national security," Bush spokeswoman Allie Brandenburger said. 

"He believes we need a comprehensive strategy to confront Iran, including its efforts to obtain a nuclear weapons capability, its malign aggression in the region, its support for terrorism, its ballistic missile proliferation, its threats to Israel, and its atrocious human rights abuses.  

"Donald Trump said Hillary Clinton would be a good negotiator with Iran and with this disastrous deal we can see the damage that worldview has wrought and conservatives should unite in opposition to it."

Both Bush and Walker trail Republican frontrunner Trump. Walker, however, has been careful not to hit Trump. He's tried instead to position himself in some cases to the right of Trump, in an effort to appeal to the voters giving Trump high marks.

As Bush's lead has slipped in the polls, Walker's team seems ready to try to push Bush further down.


Iowa polls show Ben Carson moving closer to Donald Trump

via @learyreports

Donald Trump continues to lead in Iowa, but Ben Carson, who now lives in West Palm Beach, is moving up and is five percentage points from the boisterous New York celebrity developer, according to a new poll.

The Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics Iowa Poll has Trump with 23 percent support and Carson with 18.

Ted Cruz - 8 percent
Scott Walker - 8 percent
Jeb Bush - 6 percent
Marco Rubio - 6 percent
Carly Fiorina - 5 percent

"Wow," said Kedron Bardwell, a political science professor at Simpson College, told the Register. "This poll will have Republican consultants shaking heads in bewilderment. Not since 1992 has anti-establishment sentiment been this strong."

ANOTHER POLL: A Monmouth University survey released this morning has Trump and Carson tied.

--ALEX LEARY, Tampa Bay Times

Hillary Clinton's misleading claim that Jeb Bush and Donald Trump hold same views on immigration

While Donald Trump and Jeb Bush have been arguing about immigration policy, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton says the competing Republican candidates actually hold the same views.

"How do Jeb Bush and Donald Trump differ on immigration? Spoiler alert: They don't," her campaign wrote in an Aug. 25th tweet.

That tweet included a campaign video released a day after Bush visited the border in McAllen, Texas.

The video shows clips of Bush and Trump saying they would repeal President Barack Obama’s actions related to immigration, expressing concerns about "anchor babies" and calling for a path to legal status, not citizenship.

"Don’t let the surface distract you," Clinton says. "Most of the other candidates are just Trump without the pizzazz or the hair."

We won’t compare the personality (or hair) of Trump and Bush, but we will fact-check Clinton’s statement that the two candidates share the same views on immigration.

Turn to PolitiFact Florida to see what we found.

August 30, 2015

Jeb Bush to welcome donors to Coral Gables amid campaign fundraising questions


Tropical Storm Erika nearly forced Jeb Bush's presidential campaign to call off a donor reception planned for Monday night in Coral Gables. But the storm dissipated before reaching Florida and the event will still take place, at the home of auto executive Manny Kadre, one of the donors told the Miami Herald.

The hometown fundraiser comes as Bush tries to contend with slower summer fundraising and the phenomenon of Donald Trump, the 2016 Republican presidential frontrunner whose stunning rise in public-opinion polls has stunned veteran GOP campaign operatives. Bush has seen his popularity slip, in some polls behind both Trump and Ben Carson

Grappling with a tougher, longer slog of a campaign, Bush has started going after Trump. Some Florida donors were eager to see a more aggressive Bush -- like the politician they remember in the  Governor's Mansion -- but the shift in strategy has its risks. Bush used the term "anchor babies," which immigration advocates consider offensive, after Trump did, giving Bush the kind of unflattering headlines that make it more difficult for fundraisers to get donors to open their wallets.

Bush's staff has tightened some of its spending, as the New York Times reported. It also lost three fundraising consultants, as Politico reported, though the trio will remain active with Right to Rise USA, the super PAC backing Bush. (Saint Petersblog has an invitation to the Gables fundraiser here.)

Between the campaign and the super PAC, Bush reported more than $100 million raised last quarter, far more than any other candidate, Republican or Democrat. But he also has a big staff that needs to get paid.

With most of Bush's early donors maxing out their contributions, the campaign has been forced to look for new people to tap for cash. That includes younger, less affluent professionals being courted by Bush's two sons, George P. (who lives in Texas) and Jeb Jr. (who lives in the Gables).

A Sept. 24 Miami event hosted by Jeb Bush Jr. lists 13 elected officials as "honorary co-chairs": U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo, Attorney General Pam Bondi, Agricultural Commissioner Adam Putnam, state Sen. Anitere Flores, Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca and South Florida state Reps. Frank Artiles, Michael Bileca, Jose Felix Diaz, Manny Diaz, Erik Fresen, Jose Oliva, Holly Raschein and Carlos Trujillo.

On Tuesday, Bush plans to stay in Miami and attend a back-to-school event at La Progresiva Presbyterian School in Little Havana.