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Bush sounds like candidate in Raleigh stop

Posted May 1, 2015

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— Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was quick to tell people during a Friday stop in Raleigh that he wasn't in town to announce a run for president in 2016, but he spent much of the time sounding like a candidate.

During a 20-minute speech and question-and-answer session at the North Carolina Republican Party headquarters, Bush slammed the Obama administration on its foreign policy, budget priorities and commitment to education.

"I'm an optimist about the future of this country," he told a room of supporters. "We have to fix how we regulate, how we tax. We have to embrace the energy revolution. We have to fix this broken immigration system. We have to fix our entitlement system. But if we do all those things, we'll grow at a far faster rate than any country in the developed world."

Bush is widely seen as a potential front-runner in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, and he has been traveling the country in recent weeks to, as he put it, "share my story." The son and the brother of former presidents, he said he wants people to know more about his personal background as he weighs his own run for the office. A decision will likely come in June, he said.

He described how he wooed his wife, started a family and moved to Florida, where he built the largest commercial real estate firm in the state before moving into politics. He contrasted his record as governor with President Barack Obama's as president.

"The difference between cutting taxes and raising taxes is economic activity on the one hand and a stagnant economy on the other," he said. "I believe that government's income should grow slower than personal income."

The "political hacks and academics" overseeing federal agencies are stifling economic growth nationwide through excessive regulation, he said, adding that the growing national debt just adds to the burden on taxpayers.

"It breaks my heart to know that, if you're born poor in this country today, you're more likely to stay poor, and if you're in the middle, you're getting squeezed," he said.

Bush also said the U.S. needs a more forceful presence in the world to ensure more peace and security. Without it, he said, radical groups will fill the void.

"Our friends don't believe us, our friends don't have the confidence that we're going to have their backs, and our enemies don't fear us," he said. "I believe restoring America's leadership in the world and presence in the world has to be the first priority of the next president."

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  • Daniel Young May 1, 2015
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    Fred Holt Can earth survive another Bush? I think not. We are going need Jesus to step in.

  • Daniel Young May 1, 2015
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    Ok you got me on that one, it was only one U.S. President in my lifetime that didn't want the One World Order: That was dear John F. Kennedy, may God bless his soul.

  • Fred Holt May 1, 2015
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    not wanting to intrude on the current personal joust between the 2 posters in this thread - I would just point out that the previous executives from this family have started wars and recessions, the latest of which very nearly broke the economy of this planet. Unless Jeb is willing to call that legacy what it is, and renounce those policies, he's just another Bush. Can earth survive another Bush? I hope we never have to find out.

  • John Heitzenrater May 1, 2015
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    Fact: when people open a comment with "Fact:" it usually isn't one.

  • Daniel Young May 1, 2015
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    I will leave you all with this last comment: If it looks like an animal, sounds like an animal and acts like an animal, it must be an animal.

  • Daniel Young May 1, 2015
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    Fact: Every U.S. President in our lifetime want the One World Order. It is up to all of us right now to stop this madness and take back Our Country from this threat.

  • Daniel Young May 1, 2015
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    No response from Jamal Jensen, oh my. I guess he does want the One World Order for us all, like every President do in the very least in our lifetime.

  • Daniel Young May 1, 2015
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    Question for Jamal Jensen: Do you want the One World Order?

  • Daniel Young May 1, 2015
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    Just read all of the currents with an open mind dude, you may learn something. But, as long as we are trying to top each other in what we each believe to be facts, there will never be any hope for us all.

  • Jamal Jensen May 1, 2015
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    I guess you haven't graduated from pictures to words yet. Just be patient. You'll get there.

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