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Jeb finds “fear” mongering by GOP candidates “a little troubling.” Paging Rick Santorum?

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has watched the 20 Republican debates. And he doesn’t like what he sees. Unlike the candidates and some in the conservative cognescenti, Bush doesn’t seem to be on a blame-the-media jihad. He thinks the candidates have problems in and of themselves.

 “I used to be a conservative and I watch these debates and I’m wondering, I don’t think I’ve changed, but it’s a little troubling sometimes when people are appealing to people’s fears and emotion rather than trying to get them to look over the horizon for a broader perspective and that’s kind of where we are,” former Florida governor Jeb Bush said after a Thursday Dallas speech, according to Fox News reported. “I think it changes when we get to the general election. I hope.”

Bush didn’t give specifics, though his concern about the GOP’s tone over the immigration debate is longstanding. Bush also didn’t single out any candidates, but his comments tellingly follow the last debate where former Penn. Sen. Rick Santorum essentially dissed Bush’s brother’s singular education reform plan: No Child Left Behind.

More broadly, as the Washington Post points out, Santorum sounded anything but optimistic when he said: “We hear this all time -- so you cut spending, limit the government, everything will be fine. No, everything’s not going to be fine.”

Santorum, who did poorly in the debate, blamed his performance on what he said was a pro-Romney crowd. Earlier in the week, the pro-Romney Drudge Report dredged up a 2008 speech at Catholic Ave Maria University where Santorum said Satan was targeting the United States.

Right now, national polls indicate President Obama would beat any Republican candidate by a slim margin, but Romney matches up best against him. Still, as the primary drags on, Romney’s favorability ratings are slipping.

 “I think it’s important for the candidates to recognize they have to appeal to primary voters, and not turn off independent voters that will be part of a winning coalition,” Bush  told CBS after the Dallas speech.’

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thomas

Americans just aren't stupid enough to vote for another Bush, ever again.

Denny Wood

Jeb Bush, Florida's #1 ADA Violator, who thumbed his nose at the Americans with Disabilities Act, never corrected the Govenor Chiles failure, that of creating an ADA tranistion plan. His entire 8 years as Governor were that of ADA violator. His restrooms for the general public on all his government office floors could not be used by someone in a wheelchair. When I published the ADA Capitol Report on the barriers, the Bush Administration went behind the scenes to punish me. Ultimately I sued. The settlement to fix Bush's old restrooms is posted at www.dignity4disabled.com.

The bush legacy in Florida that boasts over 20% people with disabilities is "ADA Violator". And it was a man in a wheelchair, abused by Bush, who is cleaning up after ex-Governor Bush, who made people pay heavy prices for standing up to him.

The last person who should be involved with GOP leadership are the ADA violators, Bush, Crist and McCullum. Their legacy will outlive them.

thuong mai dien tu

Wow. Im impressed. So good that he too sees it. I too hope the Republicans can look to excite people not scare them. Excite them about the possibilities of things that could be accomplished if they all worked together. Its disgusting that any would want to just take down a president and have the whole country fail. Its like they get excited when there is bad news so they can say "See, he is a bad president".
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Even Bush didnt fear monger like this except for after the 9/11 strike, which did have people fearful. He at least tried to comfort people saying the US would stand strong. and when he did things to help the country all would applaud. This new breed of GOPers is so angry and resentful and are happy when the country has bad news because they think its their way to take down Obama. Pretty sad when you want your own country to fail. What about patriotism? that seems to be gone now as Republicans tell the world what a mess the US is.

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