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Jeb Bush on why he's traveling to Europe

@PatriciaMazzei

Jeb Bush travels Tuesday to Germany -- and to Poland and Estonia -- to burnish his foreign-policy credentials in advance of his 2016 Republican presidential campaign launch in a week.

He insisted to reporters Friday in Miami that the trip is not, however, just to score political points. 

"It's a chance to talk to leaders that are important for our country's security," he said at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, where he and his wife, Columba, had just presented high-school students with arts scholarships.

"It's important to be able to share my view that the United States can't pull back. We can't lead from behind," he continued. "It's important to tell our allies that the NATO security obligation is still alive and vibrant and important.

"If it were for show, I would go and maybe do one event a day," Bush concluded. "I'm [going] 16 hours a day for five days. I'm looking forward to it, actually."

Bush spent Monday in Maine, celebrating his mother's 90th birthday.

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