There are some things Jeb Bush seems more comfortable saying in Spanish.
In his second language, the one he polished to woo his Mexican-born wife, Bush has more than once opened up in interviews in ways he has not yet in English.
That may have to do with the questions Bush, an honorary Cuban American, gets asked in Spanish versus the ones he gets asked in English. But whether it's because of Bush or because of the interviewers, the former Florida governor has expressed himself in more personal terms en español.
In Puerto Rico earlier this year, Bush's answer to whether he'd attend a same-sex wedding -- "Claro que sí" -- was far warmer in Spanish than in English. Earlier Monday, he said in Spanish that he had been "hurt" by Donald Trump's comments about Mexicans.
And in the same interview with Telemundo's José Diaz-Balart, Bush opened up about a time one of his sons, now-Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, faced teasing because of the color of his skin.
Here's a transcript of the exchange, as translated by Telemundo:
Díaz-Balart: I know your three sons are bilingual. Were there times when they were younger where they were targeted either because of the color of their skin or their accent? And as a father how did you talk to them when they would tell you that they were laughed at because of their accent or the color of their skin?
Bush: It was important. I remember there was a time when my son went to Ocala to play baseball, a game on a team. And the team was a Miami team, the majority were Hispanics. My son George, he's dark-skinned. And they spoke horrible things about those from Miami. And naturally I had to explain or describe that people who hate are not the majority, and we just accept them and move forward. Because he was quite upset. Because he and his friends never -- since we live in Miami, we don't have a problem. But in other parts of the country, it exists. It's a good lesson to learn, to always remember that we still don't have a country that's full justice for all. We can see this in the African-American communities also, there's discrimination still. And in my life it's important to acknowledge this and to act about that -- yes.
Díaz-Balart: Act on it, but how?
Bush: When I was governor, I got to govern like this, bring in everybody who wanted to be with me. In regards of assigning judges, people in important positions in my administration. I had the greatest diversity from any other governor, and always be aware of the diversity of the state of Florida. It's a virtue. It's something positive. It should not divide us, but we should embrace diversity so that we can have better results.