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Why Jeb Bush Should Not Be The Republican Nominee in 20 Quotes

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Although Jeb Bush was a conservative governor of Florida, he has “evolved” to become more liberal since then. He also acts as if he’s entitled to be the Republican Party’s nominee because of his last name and all the money his daddy’s friends are giving him. As a practical matter, Bush is a moderate Republican with no charisma, a last name that’s a huge liability in a general election and the only thing he seems to have a talent for is sticking his foot in his mouth as you’re about to see as you read these quotes…


1) “Yes, (illegal aliens) broke the law, but it’s not a felony. It’s an act of love.” – Jeb Bush

2) “There are important questions about protecting and securing the border, but we don't need to build a wall.” – Jeb Bush

3) "The idea that we should hold a coronation (for Jeb Bush) because 50 rich families decided who best represents their way, Jose!" – Laura Ingraham

4) “I'm not sure we need half a billion dollars for women's health issues.” – Jeb Bush

5) “There is no question we need higher academic standards and at the local level the rigor of the Common Core state standards must be the new minimum in classrooms.” – Jeb Bush discusses his support of Common Core

6) "If this election is about how we’re going to fight to get nothing done, I don’t want any part of it. I don’t want to be elected president to sit around and see gridlock just become so dominant that people literally are in decline in their lives. That is not my motivation. I’ve got a lot of really cool things I could do other than sit around, being miserable, listening to people demonize me and me feeling compelled to demonize them. That is a joke. Elect Trump if you want that." – Jeb Bush

7) "I have no animus whatsoever for the Bush family. If there is animus within the conservative, quote, unquote, movement or Republican establishment, I have none, on a personal base. I admire them all. They are undeniably a terrific family and so forth. But, man, that's what makes it even tougher to say. It has been obvious to me from day one that Jeb didn't really want to do this. But Jeb is a placeholder. Jeb's a placeholder for the people who want to return to power in Washington with him as the candidate getting them there. And when you don't want to do something, you're probably not gonna achieve it. There's no amount of coaching, and there's no amount of advice that can create for you passionate desire." – Rush Limbaugh


8) “It's not possible in a free country to completely control the border without us losing our freedoms and liberties.” – Jeb Bush

9) “You find me a Democrat that’s for cutting spending $10 and I’ll give them a warm kiss.” – Gross, Jeb Bush!

10) “I don't think there is any Bush baggage at all.” – Jeb Bush

11) “He's doing very poorly in the polls. He's a very low-energy kind of guy and he had to do something, so they're spending a lot of money on ads.” – Donald Trump’s “low energy” slam on Jeb drew blood

12) “Generally, I think as conservatives we should embrace innovation, embrace technology, embrace science. It's the source of a lot more solutions than any government-imposed idea and sometimes I sense that we pull back from the embrace of these things.” – Jeb Bush

13) “I admire John Boehner greatly. He’s a great public servant. I think people are going to miss him in the long run because he’s a person that is focused on solving problems.” – Jeb Bush

14) “Any time an elected official in the world we're in today that appears so dysfunctional challenges a core constituency not of their opponent but of their own political base, I think we should pause and give them credit.” – Jeb Bush

15) “We've said it before and we say it again: Jeb Bush is unelectable. Nominating him will be an exercise in futility — just as it was with Mitt Romney, John McCain and Bob Dole. All three were moderates who wound up losers, and Jeb Bush will be a loser, too — if he's nominated.” – Brent Bozell


16) "I think (fantasy football) has become something that needs to be looked at in terms of regulation. Effectively, it's day trading without any regulation at all. When you have insider information, which has apparently been the case, when you have people who use that information, use big data to try and take advantage of it, there has to be some regulation. If they can't regulate themselves, then the NFL needs to look at moving away from them a little bit, and there should be some regulation." -- Jeb Bush calls for regulation of fantasy football

17) “For a short-term solution to a problem that had global implications, I think [TARP] was probably the right thing to do” – Jeb Bush, who worked for Barclays, a bank that received BILLIONS in TARP money

18) “Jeb raised only three times as much from small donors as did Lawrence Lessig, the semi-obscure Harvard professor, running as a Democrat, who was too fringey to be invited to a debate that featured Lincoln Chaffee, who had only 29 itemized donors through the third quarter of 2011. And Jeb’s total amount, $4.2 million, raised from donations under $2,000 is just $1 million more than the total fundraising of Lindsey Graham, who is polling at 0 percent. Jeb’s supporters are maxed out, and he has no grassroots support to grow new ones. “-- Lawrence Brinton

19) “Former Secretary (Hillary) Clinton has dedicated her life to serving and engaging people across the world in democracy. These efforts as a citizen, an activist, and a leader have earned Secretary Clinton this year’s Liberty Medal.” – National Constitution Center chairman Jeb Bush said that about Hillary Clinton before his group presented her with a Liberty Medal award


20) “I used to be a conservative…” – Jeb Bush

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