December 01, 2015

Jeb Bush to fundraise for Florida GOP

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You might think Jeb Bush has enough on his own plate, but Florida's former governor and struggling presidential candidate is stepping up to raise money for the Florida GOP.  That's more than even current Gov. Rick Scott is doing for his state party these days, as Scott  is raising money only for his own political committee.

Bush will attend a Republican Party of Florida fundraising reception in Tampa Dec. 11 - helping state party Chairman Blaise Ingoglia raise money to help the GOP in America's biggest battleground. Polls right now suggest the Florida GOP is more likely to be working to deliver 27 electoral votes to Donald Trump or Marco Rubio than Bush.

Keep in mind that Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran is currentlly the only top elected official in Florida helping raise money for the state GOP, and Corcoran is a Bush supporter, even though he had been Rubio's top adviser in the legislature.

"Jeb has always supported the RPOF," Bush campaign spokeswoman Kristy Campbell said. "The Chairman asked the Governor a little while back to help raise funds for the party and he is glad to. A strong party infrastructure Florida is critical to Republicans’ success in 2016."

--ADAM C. SMITH, Tampa Bay Times

'This is no reality show,' Medal of Honor recipient says in new TV ad for Jeb Bush


Jeb Bush's campaign is going on the air on New Hampshire and Boston TV for the next three weeks, wit a somber ad portraying the former Florida governor as a serious man ready for the difficult job of president.

The minute-long spot features several Medal of Honor recipients talking up the Republicans. "This is no reality show," says retired Marine Corps Maj. General James Livingston -- a reference to frontrunner Donald Trump, the former Celebrity Apprentice host.

The ad buy is for $600,000, the campaign said. There will also be a 30-second version of the spot airing.


November 30, 2015

Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio dominate PolitiFact Florida's Top 5 for November 2015


Statements by South Florida’s GOP presidential rivals Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio led PolitiFact Florida’s website in November, touching on taxes and Rubio’s spending while speaker of the Florida House.

Here are the five most-read fact-checks from PolitiFact Florida in November, counting down to the most popular.

Candidates chase campaign cash around Art Basel Miami Beach


Ah, to be among the glitterati who will descend this week on Art Basel Miami Beach. Nibbling on canapés. Clinking glasses of bubbly. Perusing modern masterpieces. And … writing checks to politicians?

That’s the hope of several 2016 presidential candidates who, on purpose or by happenstance, have scheduled fundraising receptions to coincide with the annual art fair that swells the ranks of South Florida’s moneyed elite.

Republican Jeb Bush, who lives in Coral Gables, is the only one planning an art-themed affair Saturday — “Pop Art, Politics & Jeb” — organized by friend and Miami celeb artist Romero Britto, complete with a custom-made Britto portrait of the candidate with a background of white stars and blue-and-red stripes. Friday night, Bush donors will gather for a $1,000-a-head reception on Key Biscayne.

Democrat Martin O’Malley, the former Maryland governor and sometime guitar player, will appear Wednesday at a $250-a-head fundraiser with live music at a waterfront Miami Beach home so close to the fair that an email inviting donors reads, “If you are heading to Art Basel after, their house is right down the street from the Convention Center.” (About a mile away, but who’s counting?)

And Democrat Hillary Clinton, the former U.S. secretary of state, plans to be in town Tuesday, raising money in Miami Beach ($1,000 a head) and Pinecrest ($500) in a pair of receptions that fall the day before Art Basel opens its doors to invitation-only VIPs.

The fair itself isn’t involved in any political events. But has the Art Basel crowd — gasp! — gone political?

More here.

November 29, 2015

Jeb Bush: Listening to Donald Trump is 'kind of scary'

via @learyreports

Appearing on Face the NationJeb Bush continued to press his plans for taking out the Islamic State and drew a contrast with Donald Trump.

“In these really serious times, he’s not a serious leader,” Bush said of Trump.

”I have great doubts about Donald Trump's ability to be commander in chief. If you listen to him talk, it's kind of scary to be honest with you, because he's not a serious candidate."

Bush also said Trump was working the news media. "He knows what he's saying. He's smart. He's playing you guys like a fiddle, the press, by saying outrageous things and garnering attention."

In Sarasota on Saturday, Trump said Bush's campaign was "down in the tubes."


--ALEX LEARY, Tampa Bay Times

November 25, 2015

Jeb Bush says the Brits 'are spotting us choppers.' Are they?

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Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush called for using ground troops against the Islamic State and beefing up our military the week after the Paris terrorist attacks.

Bush criticized President Barack Obama and Congress for weakening the military through "careless, chronic neglect," summing up the lack of sufficient personnel and equipment with a single anecdote.

"To conduct training exercises under our NATO obligations in Europe, American forces have been borrowing helicopters and other vehicles from our allies. Really,"Bush said in a speech at The Citadel on Nov. 18. "We don’t have enough of our own hardware and equipment even for training purposes. So the Brits are spotting us choppers. That’s just not unsafe — that’s embarrassing for the greatest country on the face of the Earth. Whatever challenges we face in Europe or elsewhere, we’re not going to meet them with borrowed equipment."

China, however, has been spending heavily on new military equipment, Bush said.

We wanted to know if the U.S. military is so hard up that it’s borrowing choppers from the Brits.

More here.

November 24, 2015

Jeb Bush's misleading claim about Barack Obama not hosting Republican senators for dinner until 2013

During a campaign stop in Atlantic, Iowa, on Nov. 11, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush told a very detailed and specific story to underscore Democratic President Barack Obama’s alleged unwillingness to work with Republicans in the U.S. Senate.

Here's what he said:

"The story I tell all the time is about a Republican senator that was invited by the White House to have dinner with the president. And so he’s going up the rickety elevator to go up to the residence, the second floor, and the eager aide to President Obama says with great excitement, ‘Senator, you’re the first Republican he’s had dinner with in the residence since he’s been president.’ And that’s the fifth year."

Obama is so unwilling to work with Senate Republicans, Bush alleges, that he didn't even invite one to dine at the White House until his fifth year in office. But is it true? Did Obama really wait until 2013 to host a Republican for dinner at the White House?

See what Jason Noble of PolitiFact Iowa found.

November 23, 2015

The political advice Columba Bush says she gave her husband


The question for Columba Bush at a small gathering of Republican women in Miami came with evident concern and affection -- and in Spanish -- from longtime friend and fundraiser Remedios Diaz-Oliver: How can people outside of Florida get to know the Jeb Bush they know here in his hometown?

"I decided from the beginning, from when he started out in politics, not to give him any advice," Columba Bush said, also speaking Spanish. Politics are separate from her role as his wife, she emphasized.

But she said she had offered the former Florida governor one suggestion for his presidential campaign: to look beyond the loyal political team that worked for him in Tallahassee.

"The advice I gave Jeb was to find a new team that was at the national level," Bush said. "That's my personal opinion. He did very well in Florida, and the people he worked with did perfectly well. He could keep the same team but add more people to it."

Jeb Bush did, in fact, bring in some national players to his presidential operation when he launched his candidacy in June. His campaign is still struggling to get traction in early primary states, however, and it has had to tighten its belt and move staff around as Bush's poll numbers have slipped. Bush recently sought an image consultant who has coached the candidate on his TV debate skills. 

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Latest TV ad by pro-Jeb Bush super PAC focuses on - what else? - foreign policy


The Paris terrorist attacks have dominated the 2016 Republican primary race, forcing candidates to focus on foreign policy and national security.

The latest example: Right to Rise USA, the pro-Jeb Bush super PAC, has produced a new TV ad highlighting a speech Bush gave last week on national defense.

The spot, titled "Leader," is scheduled to air on Fox News Channel nationally and in the early primary states (Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina) beginning Wednesday, said Paul Lindsay, a super PAC spokesman.


November 20, 2015

Donald Trump: Close down mosques. Jeb Bush: 'That's just wrong.' Marco Rubio: Close down any place inspiring radicals

via @learyreports

Donald Trump wants to close down mosques in the U.S. and create a database to track Muslims — post-Paris efforts that have stirred debate and backlash.

Jeb Bush denounced Trump this morning on CNBC, going farther than other Republican candidates. “You talk about internment. You talk about closing mosques. You talk about registering people. That’s just wrong,” Bush said. “I don’t care about campaigns. … It’s not a question of toughness. It’s manipulating people’s angst and their fears. That’s not strength, that’s weakness.”


Marco Rubio last night on Fox News was asked a more focused question about the mosques. “It’s not about closing down mosques. It’s about closing down any place - whether it's a cafe, a diner an Internet site - any place where radicals are being inspired." Rubio went on to say the bigger problem is finding out where the places are, citing limits on intelligence gathering. "Any facility that is being used to radicalize and inspire attacks against the United States should be a place that we look at."


--ALEX LEARY, Tampa Bay Times