At the third Republican presidential debate in Boulder, CO, hosted by CNBC, Rubio responds to a question about criticism from the SunSentinel newspaper for missing many Senate votes while on the campaign trail.
I read that article today with amusement… This is another example of the double standard that exists in this country between the mainstream media and conservatives.
Jeb Bush jumps in, comparing Rubio’s lack of voting in the Senate to a French workweek, adding ‘You should be showing up for work… or just resign’. Rubio counters:
You said that you’re modelling your campaign after John McCain… I don’t ever remember you complaining about John McCain’s vote record… The only reason why you’re doing it now is because we’re running for the same position and someone has convinced you that attacking me is going to help you.
Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio spar over Rubio's congressional attendance record
In an interview on Fox News Sunday, Wallace asks Trump about his comments on George W. Bush and 9/11.
Jeb [Bush] said ‘We were safe with my brother. We were safe.’ Well, the World Trade Center just went down. Now, am I trying to blame him? I’m not blaming anybody, but the World Trade Center came down, so when he said we were safe, we were not safe. We lost 3,000 people. It was one of the greatest — probably the greatest catastrophe ever in this country…I am extremely, extremely tough on people coming into this country. [If I had been president then]…there’s a good chance that those people would not have been in the country…I’m not blaming George Bush, but I don’t want Jeb Bush to say ‘My brother kept us safe’.
Across the spectrum of foreign policy, Mr. Trump talks about things as though he’s still on The Apprentice. My brother responded to a crisis, and he did it as you would hope a president would do. He united the country, he organized our country and he kept us safe. And there’s no denying that. The great majority of Americans believe that.
In response to Bush’s statement at a New Hampshire town hall that ending property needs “stronger families,” Philip B. Richardson, a New York Times news assistant, tweets “F— you Jeb Bush”. The tweet is later deleted.
The candidates for the GOP Presidential debate are announced: Trump, Bush, Walker, Huckabee, Carson, Cruz, Rubio, Paul, Christie and Kasich will appear on stage on Aug 6 in Cleveland, OH. RNC chairman Priebus:
Our field is the biggest and most diverse of any party in history and I am glad to see that every one of those extremely qualified candidates will have the opportunity to participate on Thursday evening. Republicans across the country will be able to choose which candidate has earned their support after hearing them talk through the issues.
Jeb Bush says that while he agrees with his brother George W. Bush on many things, he disagrees with his brother on other policies:
I want to share a little about my life, because apparently there’s a little confusion that all family members are supposed to be clones of one another
On budgeting and controlling spending, Jeb:
I think that, in Washington during my brother’s time, Republicans spent too much money. I think he could have used the veto power. He didn’t have line-item veto power, but he could have brought budget discipline to Washington, D.C.
On the Patriot Act:
There is not a shred of evidence that anybody’s civil liberties have been violated by it. t’s already been proven constitutional, and there is ample evidence that it has protected us
Bush opposes same sex marriage in an interview to The Brody File. He also adds that hat he does not believe the U.S. Constitution grants a right to gay marriage.
It’s at the core of the Catholic faith and to imagine how we are going to succeed in our country unless we have committed family life, (a) committed child-centered family system, is hard to imagine…So, irrespective of the Supreme Court ruling because they are going to decide whatever they decide – I don’t know what they are going to do – we need to be stalwart supporters of traditional marriage.
The Brody File: Jeb Bush Iowa Style – May 21, 2015
Knowing what we know now, I would not have engaged, I would not have launched an invasion. We’ve answered the question now…That’s not to say that the world [isn’t] safer because Saddam Hussein is gone. It is significantly safer. That’s not to say that there [wasn’t] a courageous effort to bring about a surge that created stability in Iraq. All of that is true. And that’s not to say that the men and women who’ve served uniform and many others who went to Iraq to serve, they did so, certainly, honorably. But, we’ve answered the question now.
Bush delivers the Liberty University commencement address. He talks about abortion and the oppression of Christians around the world.
Wherever there is a child waiting to be born, we say choose life, and we say it with love…Wherever women and girls in other countries are brutally exploited, or treated as possessions without rights and dignity, we Christians see that arrogance for what it is. Wherever Jews are subjected to the oldest bigotry, we reject that sin against our brothers and sisters, and we defend them.
He also raised question on what he views as the encroachment of government against religious freedom.
We find officials in a major city demanding that pastors turn over copies of their sermons. Or federal judges mistaking themselves for elected legislators, and imposing restrictions and rights that do not exist in the Constitution.
On the Hugh Hewitt Show, Bush says he is nervous about criticism of the NSA and he wishes Obama was better at defending government surveillance systems. Bush talks about the threat that “lone wolf terrorism” poses.
[lone wolf terrorism] is a serious threat in a world where we’re so connected with the rest of the world. We have people moving in and people moving out. …I think that this is an ongoing threat, and I hope that our counterintelligence capabilities are always vigilant. I’ve always been nervous about the attacks on the NSA, and somehow that we’re losing our freedoms by keeping the homeland safe. I think we need to be really vigilant about that.
He’s [Obama] actually enhanced the intelligence capabilities, in many ways, because technology has gotten better. But he never defends it. He never explains it. He never tries to persuade people that their civil liberties are being protected by the systems we have in place. If people knew that, I don’t think there’d be any doubt that they would want to have the ability to identify people from the outside that may be trying to coordinate with some people in the inside.
Bush decides to sell his ownership stakes in consulting groups, Jeb Bush & Associates and Britton Hill, in preparation of his presidential run. Spokesperson:
Just as he said he would, Governor Bush has been reviewing his private sector commitments as he contemplates a potential run…Governor Bush finalized that process this month, selling his ownership stakes in Jeb Bush & Associates and in the Britton Hill entities. This was a natural step as Governor Bush transitioned his time and focus from running his business to increasing his political efforts on behalf of conservative candidates and causes.
Bush launches the Right to Rise political action committee (PAC) to lay the groundwork for his 2016 presidential run. His allies also form a super PAC which allows to raise and spend unlimited sums of money.
We are setting up Right to Rise PAC which is a PAC to support candidates who believe in conservative principles to allow all Americans to rise up.
Jeb Bush Announces the Launch of Right to Rise PAC via Smart Phone
Bush resigns from all corporate and non-profits board positions in preparation for 2016 presidential run. He is also reviewing is position in other businesses in which he is principal partner or owner. Spokeswoman:
Bush is reviewing his business engagements as he now actively explores a run for the presidency