Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton together again to talk education
March 24th, 2014
01:14 PM ET
9 months ago

Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton together again to talk education

(CNN) – Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton - two central figures in modern politics with 2016 prospects - joined forces Monday to talk global education.

In her keynote address, Clinton praised Bush's dedication to education reform since serving two terms as governor of Florida, where he overhauled the state's education system, introducing a school voucher program and banning using race as a factor in university admissions.

The Globalization of Higher Education conference in Irving, Texas, hosted by Bush and former North Carolina Gov. Jim Hunt, was aimed at exploring the link between globalization and post-secondary education.

A source familiar with the event told CNN that Bush and Clinton said hello to each other and had a brief exchange.

It's the latest in a series of events where the two potential presidential candidates from opposing parties have rubbed shoulders.

They also both attended a presidential library dedication in April for Jeb Bush's brother, former President George W. Bush, in Dallas. And at a Philadelphia event last September, Bush awarded Clinton the Liberty Medal in his role as chairman of the National Constitution Center.

Clinton, the former secretary of state, first lady and senator from New York, is fresh off a three-day weekend of speeches, panels, and seminars hosted by the Clinton Global Initiative to address higher education and other issues facing young voters.

Her speech Monday focused on developing global partnerships with colleges and universities to appropriately tailor and deliver education resources around the world.

Education, Clinton said, "...is one of the most valuable assets that the United States has. It's something that we have to continue to invest in, to protect and indeed to share with the rest of the world."

In his opening remarks, Bush pushed for the use of technology to expand access to education.

"Utilizing technology to explore post-secondary education into rapidly emerging markets can become a principle platform for realizing the pent-up value of U.S. grants and can bring a sustainable economic model to American universities," he said.

Both politicians have amped up their public appearances recently, further stirring speculation around the prospects of a potential Bush-Clinton 2016 presidential showdown.

Clinton has said that she'll decide by the end of the year whether she makes a second run for the White House. Bush has given a similar timeline for his decision.

A CNN/ORC International survey conducted from March 7-9 indicated Bush in fifth place in the race for his party's nomination among a list of potential GOP presidential candidates. That same poll indicated Clinton as the overwhelming favorite in a hypothetical Democratic primary.

In the politically important state of Iowa, the first to kick off the presidential voting calendar, Clinton leads Bush 51% to 37%, according to a recent Quinnipiac University poll about voters' candidate preference in 2016.

Later Monday, Clinton will speak in Tulsa, Oklahoma to announce a new Clinton Foundation "Too Small to Fail" campaign, which aims to encourage parents to talk with their children while they are young in order to improve their understanding of words and concepts


Filed under: 2016 • Education • Hillary Clinton • Jeb Bush
soundoff (87 Responses)
  1. smith

    Education is key to rebuilding the US economy. It`s a good step in the right direction to see these two come together on this issue.

    March 24, 2014 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House

    How sweet. Two politicians from opposing parties that actually see eye to eye on something. Too bad today's GOTP is all about dumbing down America. And if Jed seriously thinking of running in 2016, he should follow his mother's advice and DON'T. No More Bushes!!!

    March 24, 2014 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  3. Marie MD

    He should start with his brother. The nucular genius,

    March 24, 2014 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  4. Tampa Tim

    I wonder if Jeb knows that 129 million Americans have a preexisting conditions and can no longer be denied health care.

    March 24, 2014 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    I like the pictures around here. It's like somebody fed Chris Christie a Snickers bar and he turned into Jeb Bush.

    March 24, 2014 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  6. dike

    Jeb Bush?? the crook is still in politics. Of all the things talking about education??? Maybe how to count using his math.

    March 24, 2014 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  7. In other news

    Our politicians could not agree on $500-million for veterans or education reform.

    Yet they handed over $1-Billion to another country for their future gas bill in a heart beat.

    How about we put America first for once.

    March 24, 2014 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  8. Dave Simons

    Really?? After 2+ decades we are still listening to Clinton's and Bush's??? How pathetic.

    March 24, 2014 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  9. Goran

    Both of them are Wolves in a Sheep's wool ! Nothing more to it! Just an alliance for their intrigues !

    March 24, 2014 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  10. Chris-E...al

    0ne of the two is a Champion Liar ? And one is a Bush ?

    March 24, 2014 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  11. Atul C

    Too bad, democrats didn't support earlier GWB's initiative on voucher for education. They played race card just to get republicans. In every race, there are economically weaker section. Everyone deserves a shot.

    March 24, 2014 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  12. Bill, Bloominton IL

    Tampa Tim, 126 million withpreexisting conditions? Only 6 million signed up? Do your math. It wont add up.

    March 24, 2014 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Dave Simons wrote:

    Really?? After 2+ decades we are still listening to Clinton's and Bush's??? How pathetic.
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    Psst. We've been listening to folks named Paul at least as long. Hee, Hee.

    March 24, 2014 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  14. Robert

    Hillary Clinton? For PRESIDENT?!?!

    Who would be Vice President - Tipper Gore??

    March 24, 2014 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  15. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House

    How sweet. Two politicians from opposing parties that actually see eye to eye on something.
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    Why is it, then, Dutch, that they won't see eye-to-eye with our current President, even over things that they were for until he was for them?
    It's hard not to see how differently they deal with President Obama and how dead set against ANYTHING he does, think, or says they and their minions are.

    March 24, 2014 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  16. Dee in Missouri

    I guess no one wants either of them to run....! How pathetic they are they've ruin America and get paid for doing it ...throw the bums OUT and don't let them back!

    March 24, 2014 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  17. Big_D

    I think our country would be better served with fresh blood in leadership. I don't need a royal family line to follow.

    March 24, 2014 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  18. Tony Torres

    Why don't we put a muzzle on it and wait a year or so to find out if either one is running or not. In the meantime CNN and orher so call media outlets cover things that are or can be revelant now, not on something that might not happen. I won't waste my saliva to comment on either one of these people.
    I will comment when it is revelant.

    March 24, 2014 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  19. How about that

    Gee, I haven't seen a top ranking democrat work together with a top ranking republican towards a common goal since the Clinton administration back in the 90's....how nice

    March 24, 2014 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  20. Silence DoGood

    @Atul C
    Too bad, democrats didn't support earlier GWB's initiative on voucher for education. They played race card just to get republicans. In every race, there are economically weaker section. Everyone deserves a shot.
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    "voucher for education" was a lie. It was really voucher for Christian education. The long term plan was to federally fund Christian conservative schools (constitution violation) and sap the public schools down. All that would be left is a private school system able to deny students not of the right "type" or "religion" and leave them in underfunded public schools.

    March 24, 2014 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  21. Sam

    Sounds like a good team to me. They should run on the same ticket in 2016. They'd win in a landslide.

    March 24, 2014 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  22. tmare

    Well, that cinches it, I will not be voting for Hilary Clinton. More corporate shills taking over education. Time for a viable third party.

    March 24, 2014 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  23. Michael Bond

    Now they want to "globalize" keeping student's stupid? I suppose you should be afraid of people if they are smarter than you and you are taking advantage of them. George Bush can't even pronounce Nuclear, and he wants to lead student education? Morons, all of them...

    March 24, 2014 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  24. Gurgyl

    Very pathetic is when "US government spends $243 million a year to help subsidize about 3000 foreign students". Why not USA government focus on the ones born, raised on USA soil? Read Bloomberg Business Report march 24th. You analyze. God bless.

    March 24, 2014 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  25. Rudy NYC

    Atul C wrote:

    Too bad, democrats didn't support earlier GWB's initiative on voucher for education. They played race card just to get republicans. In every race, there are economically weaker section. Everyone deserves a shot.
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    Wrong. If you're not part of the 1% and "unemployed" like MItt Romney, then you should glad that Democrats didn't support school vouchers for education. Are you aware of the long range plans conservative have for the direction and future of this country? Greed. It's all about greed.

    It's about people who see tax dollars being spent as *their personal money* that's being spent and they want it back. It's why they want tax cuts for the rich. It's why they want smaller government. It's why they want to cut entitlements, and even benefits for veterans until somebody realizes, "Wait, we're supposed to support veterans."....which they really don't. They just want the votes from veterans, gun owners, church goers, and, of course, the haters.

    It's all about the money, and finding more ways to allow the wealthy to keep every dime they make while the middle class has to struggle just to live paycheck to paycheck. It's all about making sloganeering, messaging, and playing the role of the Pied Piper, leading the followers to their own destruction while saving their own hides. Because you see, once your power. freedom, and rights have been taken away, they plan to never give them back to you. Greed.

    Vouchers? Oh, they'll just get everyone on board the charter band wagon, dismantling our public school systems, until finally one day they're gooing to ask, "Why are my tax dollars paying for educating somebody's six kids? We only have one." And, so the voucher budgets will be cut, putting more money back into the hands of those who are consumed by GREED.

    March 24, 2014 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
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