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

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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, " 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. Ben

    The two royal families telling us little people how to run our lives! Yeeeeehaaaaaww! lol

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

    We've had enough of the Bush Crime Family.

    March 24, 2014 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  3. GreyMan

    I love how people complain about seeing Clintons and Bushes in politics. People say we need new blood. Well, we elected new blood and look where we're at. I'll take Clinton/Bush over this administration any day of the week, twice on Sunday.

    March 24, 2014 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  4. molly

    Hillary–Hillary–you just lost my vote–after what Jeb did to education in Florida I can't believe you that you think he helped improve the system-I am so disappointed

    March 24, 2014 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  5. Dude

    Here you go America. These are the two you be allowed to "vote" for in the election that is still 2 1/2 years away.

    March 24, 2014 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  6. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House

    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.
    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.
    It's all political posturing boo. As it looks for democrats(us), we're stuck with Hillary for 2016. I'm not for giving ANYONE a pass to the nomination who I fundamentally disagreed with on the Iraq war.

    March 24, 2014 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  7. Gunderson

    Old Gunderson strong proponent of education. Old Gunderson now have 3rd grade education. You too? Old Gunderson not want do more than Nanny Staters. Heck, they may want me go to work! Nanny Staters no need no education! Just pajamas.

    March 24, 2014 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  8. zendraxus

    Good luck getting anyone fresh on the ballot....the Money wants these two to be the front runners, they are already bought, safe figureheads.

    March 24, 2014 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  9. Marc

    School vouchers=taxpayers paying for rich people to send their kids to private school, then the rich people don't want to pay taxes. Hillary's gone rightwing, might be getting senile.

    March 24, 2014 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  10. Wes

    We've had enough of the Clinton Crime Family.

    March 24, 2014 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  11. zendraxus

    Good luck getting any fresh names on the ballot...the Money wants you to 'choose' from these two....bought and guaranteed to look out for Its interests.

    March 24, 2014 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  12. Brickell Princess

    Jeb Bush has zero hopes of winning a Presidential election! We've all seen what his family has done and the blood that they have spilled the world over. Not another Bush–EVER!

    March 24, 2014 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  13. Jme

    The thought of having to look at this liberal hag turns the stomach of every man and most women.

    March 24, 2014 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  14. GOP = Greed Over People

    Not sure that "vouchers" are the way to go for education, since Politico is reporting many of them go to schools teaching "creationism" as science and how man and Dino's walked side by side, all within the last 10,000 years.

    I also predict you are looking at the two 2016 candidates for Prez.

    March 24, 2014 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  15. theoldfool1950

    Now this is an race I could look forward to. Two decent candidates who could bring change to the entire process. The question is, is the GOP smart enough to rally around Jeb. I think he is enough like his father to be a good president. Unlike so many in his party he is not stupid or an ideologue. I still like Clinton better but i would welcome a respectable presidential campaign. I also like the idea of Eliz. Warren for Vice Pres. Having Jeb and Hillary at the front of the fight, now that's change I can believe in.

    March 24, 2014 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  16. fhc1983reunion

    The one thing I think is great; removing race as a deciding factor for college acceptance. It should be based on grades alone. Why should you get a spot because you are black over a white student who has worked hard and has better grades. Stop affirmative action! Affirmative action just says you aren't smart enough to get into school or get a job. Please! That causes laziness!

    March 24, 2014 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  17. theoldfool1950

    Not a fan of vouchers. It is the gateway to private education for all. Not a good concept. The winners win bigger and the losers lose everything. Public education has to be rebooted, not destroyed. Privatizing education is nothing more than publicly endorsed theft.

    March 24, 2014 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  18. ThinkAgain - Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    @Ben: "The two royal families telling us little people how to run our lives! Yeeeeehaaaaaww! lol"

    The Clintons are hardly "royal." If you're looking for old money, look at the Bush and Prescott families. BTW, did you know that before GHW was tapped to be Reagan's VP nominee, he not only thought trickle-down economics were voodoo (and he was proven right), he and his family were staunch supporters of Planned Parenthood?

    March 24, 2014 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  19. Jim

    "globalization".....getting real tired of this word

    We don't need Jeb or Mr.Hillary Clinton, by the time this guy in the White House is done with us we will be a second rate nation like muslim controlled great britian.

    Give me another Reagan!

    March 24, 2014 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  20. QS

    I think Hillary, and indeed far too many democrats, are still holding on to the old-school notion that bipartisanship with conservatives is possible or viable.

    Hillary could again find herself on the losing side of a primary...this time to a democrat with a more populist, anti-conservative message than hers.

    American conservatives continue to show us all that they truly have more in common with people like Putin and places like Uganda than with non-conservative Americans. Clinton better start showing that she understands this and voicing her steadfast commitment to preventing any part of that agenda from taking hold.

    Instead, she's praising another Bush for embracing vouchers!

    March 24, 2014 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  21. Jay Traveller

    Is there anybody else out there that has had enough of the Bushes?

    March 24, 2014 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  22. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    That's not how Affirmative Action works dude. Those are the lies told about it. All Affirmative Action does is IF a minority student has as good of grades as a white student he or she won't be passed over because of race. It would be great to remove race from everything but that's a fantasy. It's very hard for people to realize they are just regular people like everyone else when they have been told for 100's of years that their lack of melanin makes them superior.
    Until that happens AA Is needed.

    March 24, 2014 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  23. John

    I would love to see a co-Presidency of the two. I would love to see each office balanced with representation of each political party.

    March 24, 2014 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  24. Ol' Yeller

    @ Jim
    "Give me another Reagan!"
    So, you going to vote for a Democrat then... congratulations for finally seeing the light.
    There is no, and never again will there be, reagans left in the republicant party... Any moderate to far right candidates have been purged and the party now only consists of neo cons and right wing idealogues.

    March 24, 2014 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  25. lcb

    Another popularity contest – so soon? Who looks best in a swim suit ... should be the winner, as it's all rigged, anyway.

    March 24, 2014 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
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