Jeb's hedge (read for context)
June 12th, 2012
11:40 AM ET
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Jeb's hedge (read for context)

(CNN) - Jeb Bush, the popular former governor of Florida, took to Twitter Tuesday to clarify his remark that Ronald Reagan, along with his father George H.W. Bush, wouldn't fit within today's Republican Party.

"The point I was making yesterday is this: The political system today is hyperpartisan. Both sides are at fault," Bush wrote, adding in a separate Tweet: "Am reminded today why I rarely read headlines. #ContextIsImportant."

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Bush, speaking to editors at Bloomberg, said Monday that Reagan, along with his father, would have trouble finding a place within the GOP of 2012.

"Ronald Reagan would have, based on his record of finding accommodation, finding some degree of common ground, as would my dad – they would have a hard time if you define the Republican party – and I don't – as having an orthodoxy that doesn't allow for disagreement, doesn't allow for finding some common ground," Bush said, according to the website Buzzfeed.

The remarks were nearly immediately highlighted by President Barack Obama's re-election team, which emailed the comments to a press distribution list. Obama's team has itself struggled in recent weeks with off-message comments from campaign surrogates, including former President Bill Clinton and Newark, New Jersey, Mayor Cory Booker.

Jeb Bush said an attitude of bipartisanship existed during the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations.

"Back to my dad's time and Ronald Reagan's time – they got a lot of stuff done with a lot of bipartisan support," Bush said, according to Buzzfeed.

Today's White House and Congress don't reflect the same attitude, Bush said, placing much of the blame on Obama.

"His first year could have been a year of enormous accomplishment had he focused on things where there was more common ground," Bush said.

CNN's Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.


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soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Namejkane fl SEND THE THREE TIME LOSER HOME AND MAKE IT FOUR.

    I guess he has to backtrack to keep the republican bafoon party and the crook lobbyist rover nitwitquest happy for a while .

    June 12, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  2. Al-NY,NY

    sorry Jeb but your comment about Reagen is correct. The GOP diety would be blasted as a RINO by todays purity party. I see you've incurred the wrath of Fatty Limpy and the other right wing talking heads and it's an "oh I mispoke" or "that's not what I meant" moment. Never saw THAT coming.......

    June 12, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  3. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE/ConservaFASCISTS

    "The point I was making yesterday is this: The political system today is hyperpartisan. Both sides are at fault,"
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    It was too good to be true. he had to walk his comment somewhat. He's right that the system is hyperpartisan. But he's wrong when it comes to both party's being hyperpartisan. Democrats are always the one's compromising. We've stayed where we've always been. It's the republican party that has shifted from center right, to far right, to extreme far right.

    June 12, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  4. Bill from GA

    Mama Bush musta took ol Jeb to the WoodShed.

    June 12, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  5. Jon

    It just shows how far the Democrats will deceive. The comment that the “Democrats are the ones that compromise”, perhaps the author of that comment has forgotten that in passing the Health Care bill … Obama and his Democrat team didn’t actually vote on the final draft of the bill, but instead they used procedural maneuvering to force their way. They did this because they knew they didn’t have the vote. Or did they forget, that they could not agree amongst them self-enough to pass a budget for two years (when they had control of the White House, filibuster proof Senate, and House). Then they blamed the Republicans.

    June 12, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  6. Pander Bear

    Nice backbone Jeb. I actually had respect for you for an entire 24 hours.

    June 12, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  7. g

    does this mean we will have to see the saudi royal familiy and the bin-ladens on the news every day

    June 12, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  8. Wake up people

    Me and you both Pander Bear. Now he's acting like a real Bush. But that's my fault for thinking I could take anything a rethuglican said at face value.

    OBAMA 2012!

    June 12, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  9. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Jeb's brother George W. Bush didn't practice "bipartianship" he just told lawmakers "you're either for me or against me", so let's talk about that because I didn't hear Jeb complain about it then.

    June 12, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  10. RealityBites

    " – if you define the Republican party – and I don't – as having an orthodoxy that doesn't allow for disagreement, doesn't allow for finding some common ground "

    ie.., Jeb rejects the way collaberating news networks, like CNN, are attempting to define the GOP.
    And only a dishonest journalist would describe this statement any other way...

    June 12, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  11. Sandy

    "The point I was making yesterday is this: The political system today is hyperpartisan. Both sides are at fault," Bush wrote

    Both parties are not at fault. How do you blame Democrats for Republicans moving so far to the right? That's on them. I'm so sick of these Republicans saying both sides do it when they get called out on something.

    June 12, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  12. Wake up people

    Speaking of Bushes........where is George W??? He is the former POTUS, wouldn't you think the Robmey campaign would be showing him off like new shoes??? Why isn't he helping him like Clinton is President Obama?? Could it be that Robmey and crew don't want people remembering what got us into this mess?? I just find it so ironic that Clinton has been out of office for 12 years and he's in the media everyday, yet Bushy who just left office 3-1/2 years ago is completely MIA....

    OBAMA 2012!

    June 12, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  13. dnick47

    Jeb, look at the comment on this site and other. The Repubs comment are generally condesending, sneering, insulting, degrading of the opponent, etc.... the Party which once stood stalwart for business but was willing to comprimise for the common good has become a monster and none of you has the courage to stand up and take it back or split from it. To God that Bob Dole were still active, he'd at least have the guts to call down these neo-facist extreme righ ninnies before they destroy the Party of Lincoln.

    June 12, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  14. Severely Moderate

    Jeb is right. The GOP has become so hyper-partisan that they are willing to screw our economy in order to defeat Obama.

    June 12, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  15. Mark in Seattle

    Maybe mama grizzly threatend to hunt him down from a helecopter.

    June 12, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  16. Namejkane fl SEND THE THREE TIME LOSER romney HOME AND MAKE IT FOUR.

    To bad bush didn't run ,at least he has a position on something and doesn't change it every day ,oh, wait a minute ,my mistakes .

    June 12, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  17. cali girl

    Wow, this guy would be a perfect VP. Problem is who is going to be the referee when Robmey and Jeb can't remember which way they went on what issue when it happened.

    June 12, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  18. anagram_kid

    Notice he did not mention his brother -‘The Uniter’. The omission was deliberate; he knows full well that W’s policies and lack of leadership and decision making were instrumental in causing the divisiveness we have today.

    June 12, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  19. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    Wake up people - Speaking of Bushes........where is George W??? He is the former POTUS, wouldn't you think the Robmey campaign would be showing him off like new shoes??? Why isn't he helping him like Clinton is President Obama??
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    Former Presidents by tradition do not campaign or get involved in campaigning in others presidential campaign. It is part of upholding the dignity of the Ofiice of the Presidency. Of course, Bill Clinton has no class, as do most Democrats. They have devalued the Presidency in the process. But they could care less.

    June 12, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  20. NOTAGOPFAN

    @Jon you statement of "It just shows how far the Democrats will deceive." shows how idiotic republican thinking is. A republican made that statement (Jeb Bush) speaking the TRUTH. It is true that if a rebpulican speaks the truth about the republican party, the GOP comes and tries to say he misspoke or the dems are taking thing out of context. NO NO and NO. And as far as the healthcare bill, guess what? There was COMPROMISE, the republicans and democrats passed the bill. I guess you forgot that part. How soon you forget, or is it just the republican mentality of spinning when it's not favorable to the GOP?

    June 12, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  21. chuck weidemann

    Jeb is what one would call a politician....actually the kind right or left who prefers to get things done vs. Winning a narrow agenda victory that only activist's care about. You know the concept PUT COUNTRY FIRST!!!!! Congress needs people from all sides to understand and practice this point of view. Right now we are stagnant and the smell you smell is the rotting of our political system and all the ordinary JOE'S who have built our country .

    June 12, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  22. v_mag

    @Obama 2012 – BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    Actually, George Bush has been very prominent in this contest. He now goes under the name of Mitt Romney, but he's the same old GWB who got us into 2 wasteful wars and a near-depression.

    Romney = Bush = disaster

    June 12, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  23. Person of Interest

    Context is indeed important. You leave it out and all of a sudden you have a News Show that is "Fair and Balanced." The un-, under-, or wrongly -informed citizens of this country are to blame. We hear a sound bite and take it for the truth instead of doing what our teachers in school taught us (verify the information). Remember that one lady that got fired for talking about overcoming her own racism because people (this one was the GOP) grabbed a small sound bite from her speak? Had anyone in USDA taken the time to review the whole speak they would've heard the complete opposite, but they didn't.

    We want everything to come in bite sized packages so we don't have to think. Well think on this, Jeb talks about hyperpartisan ship than blames it on the other side (Obama)...isn't that pretty partisan in and of itself? Start thinking people, it's our fault not theirs.

    June 12, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  24. Wake up people

    Oh Bend Over, you are soooooo funny! Spin, spin, spin. Dubya is a pariah and as dumb as Mittens is, even he knows not to speak his name.

    OBAMA 2012!

    June 12, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  25. R.R.

    Bipartisanship doesn't exist in today's Tea/Republican Party political worldview or dictionary. They imagine they are the "real Americans" and others are just a nuisance to getting what only they want. Childish and immature to say the least. American is sick. They are the germs.

    June 12, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
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