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

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. MIke

    Wow, look in a mirror. Many Democrats want to jump on this, for an I told you so moment.... it is the Republican's fault for everything, those obstructionist. Give me a break, do you think President Obama can even be slightly compared to President Clinton? The answer is NO. Clinton has no place in this Democrat Party. He would, like Regan, actually find a way to compromise. I really don't understand why most Democrats are screaming for compromise, typically leaning towards mostly spending to fix problems. Were you guys really that impressed with the last two years of GW Bush's presidency? Where he had a Democratic legislature and compromised on almost everything (TARP, beginning of the GM Bailouts, etc...), beginning the most dramatic Federal Government spending binge in modern times. I don't remember the cries from the left when President Obama took over and only accelerated this spending purely down partisan lines.

    June 12, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  2. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Isn't it ironic that Newt Gingrich, who is one of the instigators of the current climate of extremism, was one of the ones who blasted Bush for telling the truth. Let me add these names to the list I spoke of in yesterday's blog: Robert LaFollette Sr., Robert LaFollette Jr., Howard Baker.

    June 12, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  3. Ronda in Houston,TX

    Come on Jeb, you know you spoke the truth. When Mama Bush read what you said, she must have taken you to the woodshed. Just goes to show that WOMEN have more power then MEN!!!

    June 12, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Pay attention people. A Republican says that past Presidents wouldn't make it in today's Republican party because of their willingness to compromise with Democrats. The party internally combusts and he walks back his statement. In other words, Republicans have rejected the notion of compromise on anything. Recall Speaker Boehner declaring that the word is not in his vocabulary. He wouldn't even say the word, compromise.

    June 12, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
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