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March 12, 2013 | Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Sunday likened political reporters to "crack addicts" and "heroin addicts" during a tour of morning talk shows that drew repeated questions about the 2016 presidential election. Bush, capping a media-heavy week that sparked chatter about a presidential campaign for a third member of his family, tried to keep the conversation focused on his book Immigration Wars . But as Bush wrapped up a conversation with NBC's David Gregory, he likened journalists and their questions about the 2016 campaign to drug addicts.
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March 26, 2015 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush met with some of the region's top Republican donors in Philadelphia on Tuesday as he continued a national fund-raising blitz ahead of a likely 2016 presidential campaign. Bush had a luncheon fund-raiser for his political action committee with backers at the Union League in Center City, and two smaller meetings later in the day with potential supporters. "I'm certainly listening and learning about all the candidates at this stage of the game, but at the same time, I've been a fan of Jeb Bush for a long time," said William R. Sasso, chairman of the law firm Stradley Ronon, who has worked with the former governor on the board of the National Constitution Center.
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December 7, 2012 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The top spot belonged first to a Bush and then to a Clinton. Now, in a familiar American formula, the National Constitution Center is turning again to a Bush. The center announced Thursday that former Florida Gov. John Ellis "Jeb" Bush had been elected chairman of its board of trustees. Bush, 59, who runs an education foundation and who has been mentioned as a possible 2016 presidential candidate in a theoretical race against Hillary Rodham Clinton, will succeed former President Bill Clinton, who has served as chairman since January 2009.
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February 27, 2015 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
As ISIS barbarities make headlines, Republican presidential candidates are scrambling to outdo each other's hawkish pronouncements on foreign policy. That makes political sense. With the economy improving, polls show that voters now consider terrorism to be as important a campaign issue for 2016 as economic issues. And Obama's incoherent efforts to degrade ISIS make him an easy target. But when Jeb Bush, in a major foreign policy speech last week, tried to pin the blame for ISIS's rise entirely on Obama it made my blood boil.
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November 30, 2000 | By Peter Wallsten, INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who has attempted to distance himself from his brother George W. Bush's fight for Florida's 25 electoral votes, said yesterday that he would not hesitate to get involved if the state Legislature enters the fray. Jeb Bush said he would support the Republican-dominated Legislature if it took the historic step of calling a special session to pass legislation appointing its own slate of presidential electors, in effect ensuring the election of George W. Bush.
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August 10, 2003 | INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's daughter, Noelle Bush, has completed a drug-rehabilitation program, and a judge allowed her to go home. Noelle Bush hugged Circuit Judge Reginald Whitehead during a hearing as the governor and his wife, Columba, smiled. The President's niece was ordered into treatment after she was arrested in January 2002 for trying to use a fraudulent prescription to buy the anti-anxiety drug Xanax. "It's been quite a challenge, and I'm grateful," she said during the Friday hearing at the Orange County Courthouse.
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October 30, 2002 | By Dick Polman INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Jeb Bush asked, "Do you think you're undertaxed?" The Florida governor had planted himself on Susana Creft's doorstep, anxious to deliver his reelection message. She, of course, replied that no, she didn't feel undertaxed. So he slipped her the word about lawyer Bill McBride, the novice Democratic candidate who is trying to end Bush's reign. He leaned over Creft, blocking the sun - he's a big guy, 6-foot-3, sweating in the sultry air - and confided that if McBride beats him Tuesday, "your taxes will go up. " Actually, McBride has pledged only to raise the cigarette levy.
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August 14, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Gov. Christie on Wednesday criticized presidential rival Jeb Bush as "re-litigating" the Iraq War, arguing that the unpopular conflict is "not a winning fight" for the Republican Party as it seeks to win the White House in 2016. Christie's remarks to the conservative radio host Laura Ingraham came a day after Bush, a former Florida governor, accused President Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton of hastening a "premature withdrawal" from Iraq and allowing the Islamic State to fill a void.
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December 4, 2000
Is there a courtroom in Florida not embroiled in the election recount battle? It seemed over the weekend that for every court ruling that settled a matter, two more lawsuits would spring up in the complicated legal chess game between Gov. George W. Bush and Vice President Al Gore. But as laborious as the various hearings have been (no one loves the sound of their own voice more than lawyers), the courts so far have been acting fairly and wisely. A lot more so, in fact, than the Florida Legislature and Gov. Jeb Bush, who seems determined to win this contest for his brother, no matter what.
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December 1, 2000
Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said that he would sign a bill passed by his state's legislature that would virtually assure his brother Florida's 25 electors and the presidency. This action would be blatantly inappropriate. And an outrage. The Florida Legislature has seen fit to call for a special session "as soon as practicable" to name the electors. That could happen as early as next week. Experts disagree on the legality of this proposed move. At the very least, it is ill-considered - and at the very worst, it seems like an end-run around the election process.
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January 6, 2016
The value of free advice is measured by what you pay for it, and Republicans don't usually ask me for mine. Nonetheless, the GOP's presidential race is one of the most fascinating political brawls in years. It's about to hit full stride, and I can't resist kibitzing. I know the leading candidates will take my guidance for what it's worth. Marco Rubio: You have three related problems. You're trying to appeal to every wing of the party, which means that none regards you as one of its own. There is no state in the early going that you can consider an obvious bet. And, to put it charitably, you do not look like a person of conviction.
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December 31, 2015
HEY, KIDS, gather around. Time to make fun of the thinks-he-knows-it-all newspaper columnist. Yep, it's my annual mea culpa, in which I confess to errors of judgment and/or fact in stuff I wrote in the year now ending. This is done on the theory that those with the privilege of a public voice have a responsibility to acknowledge mistakes made in using that voice. So here goes. Let's count the ways. 1. Back in January, in a column on the coming presidential race, I wrote that Republicans would turn to Jeb Bush as their nominee to face Hillary Clinton.
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December 21, 2015 | By Michael Smerconish
'Maybe this is the year we run the experiment?" I knew immediately what David Axelrod meant. And it wasn't the first time I'd heard the sentiment expressed while in Las Vegas to cover last week's Republican debate. We were sharing notes after the debate, awaiting an appearance on CNN. Axelrod spoke of the philosophical divide within the GOP as to whether the party is best served by nominating a pure conservative or a more pragmatic centrist. For many purists, history begins in 1980 with the nomination of Ronald Reagan.
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December 18, 2015 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
The most ferocious slugging match at Tuesday's GOP debate didn't feature The bombastic Donald vs. the newly energized Jeb Bush. That, by now, is old stuff. Instead, it pitted Texas Sen. Ted Cruz vs. his fellow Cuban American, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, as they sparred over opposing foreign policy visions - and in the process revealed the growing rift within the GOP over the role America should play in the Middle East. This is big stuff, even though the candidates' errors of fact and Mideast misconceptions were distracting (when in doubt, "bomb, bomb, bomb" seemed to be the common theme.)
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December 17, 2015 | By Thomas Fitzgerald and Andrew Seidman, STAFF WRITERS
The nine leading Republican candidates for president spoke in dire terms Tuesday of the threat of terrorism, as they jockeyed during a televised debate to project the strength and smarts needed to defeat the Islamic State and keep the nation safe. Front-runner Donald Trump defended his proposal to ban Muslims from traveling to the United States, and repeated his call to kill the family members of Islamic terrorists. "That will make people think," Trump said. "They may not care about their own lives, but, believe it or not, they care about their families' lives.
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December 1, 2015 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Gov. Christie begins another two-day campaign swing through New Hampshire on Monday, this time with a fresh endorsement from the only statewide newspaper in the first-in-the-nation primary state. In an editorial running across the top of Sunday's newspaper - with the headline "For our safety, our future: Chris Christie for President" - publisher Joe McQuaid wrote that Christie is "the one candidate who has the range and type of experience the nation desperately needs," citing his background as governor and U.S. attorney.
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November 20, 2015 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
CHARLESTON, S.C. - As the aftermath of the Paris terrorist attacks continued to dominate politics Wednesday, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush called for a U.S.-led coalition to destroy the Islamic State with "overwhelming force," including a deployment of ground troops. "America has had enough of empty words, of declarations detached from reality of an administration with no strategy or no intention of victory," Bush said in an afternoon speech to several hundred cadets and guests at the Citadel, the military college of South Carolina.
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November 12, 2015
WELL, JEB BUSH has a new "Jeb Can Fix It" (with no exclamation point) bus. He has a new Madison Avenue media/communications/debate guru, Jon Kraushar, who coached his father, his brother and Dick Cheney. He's added "damn" and "damn it" to stump speeches, presumably as bridges to higher energy. He's said, "hell, yeah," he'd kill a baby Hitler. And before last night's GOP debate in Milwaukee, he was saying his new political course is to "be myself by saying what's on my mind.
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November 7, 2015 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
Philadelphia may be a blue city in a blue state, but Republican Jeb Bush was scooping up some green for his presidential candidacy here Thursday evening. He spent some private time with leading GOP donors at the Comcast Center, because fund-raising never stops, even if, like Bush, you are working hard on the trail to reset your campaign. Bush, once the front-runner for the nomination, has tumbled in the polls, having difficulty gaining traction with a querulous Republican electorate flocking to outsider candidates.
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November 2, 2015 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
When the punch landed, Jeb Bush seemed to reel. Hands folded in front of him, he opened his mouth, but no words came out. Then the moment passed. Will history reflect that instant in last week's Republican debate as the beginning of the end of the former Florida governor's presidential campaign? Some strategists say it's possible. That sounds dramatic, but Bush, once the presumed favorite for the GOP nomination, had fallen to fifth or sixth place in national polls even before the debate.
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