(CNN) - The Republican National Convention released the following excerpts of former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida's prepared remarks to the GOP convention in Tampa, Florida on Thursday evening.
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"This election is about the future of this nation. We can shape that future, with what we do here. With what we do November 6. We can restore America's greatness. That starts with a strong economy...a smart energy policy...lower deficits...and a president who puts America's workers and job-creators first....
"We must stop excusing failure in our schools and start rewarding improvement and success. We must have high academic standards that are benchmarked to the best in the world. All kids can learn. Governor Romney believes it, and the data proves it. While he was governor, Massachusetts raised standards and today their students lead the nation in academic performance....
"Because he is a former governor, Mitt Romney understands that states must lead this national movement. In Massachusetts, Governor Romney narrowed the gap between students of different races, raised testing standards, and put into place a merit scholarship, the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship that gives students four tuition free years, at any Massachusetts public institution of higher learning. He's a champion for bringing hope to education. And he intends to be a champion for equality of opportunity... a president who always puts students first....
"So in this election, remember this: Our future as a nation is at stake. Fact is, this election is not about just one office. It is about one nation. If we want to continue to be the greatest nation on the planet, we must give our kids what we promise them: An equal opportunity. That starts in the classroom...it starts in our communities... it starts where you live. And it starts with electing Mitt Romney the next President of the United States."
Smart Jeb! Stay far away from the dismal failure of a president your brother was. Yeah the same one and his bad policies that Paul Ryan voted for 95% of the time during the Bush Years.
Thanks! "Rolling my eyes & kissing my teeth"
Mr. Bush makes some good points about our nation. However, he fails to mention that a one term governor who spent part of the last two years of his term running for the GOP nomination does not necessarily have the experience. Mr. Romney came into MA on his white horse and the acting Lt. Governor moved aside for him. There were many problems in MA that were not addressed. Perhaps education was the one area that experienced big problems. Cities and towns were not receiving their fair share of tax money. The citizens were expected to make up the difference. Just ask how much property taxes increased in these towns and cities. The schools definitely did not continue to get better. Wish that politicians would just tell us the truth. We really do not need outsiders to tell us how our governors performed.