Hillary Clinton Slams Jeb Bush's 'Right To Rise' Slogan

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush is running with the a super political action committee bearing the slogan "Right to Rise,” and his Democratic opponent, frontrunner Hillary Clinton says his policies don’t match the words.

Just before Bush took the stage, Clinton addressed civil rights activists National Urban League conference held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. "I don't think you can credibly say that everyone has a 'right to rise' and then say you are for phasing out Medicare and repealing Obamacare," Clinton said. "People can't rise if they can't afford health care."  

Bush said last week that the U.S. should “phase out” Medicare and replace it with something else, The Huffington Post reported.  

Clinton also attacked Bush’s opposition to raising the minimum wage and Florida’s ban on affirmative action in addition to so-called “voter purge” in 2000, during his time as governor.

"They can't rise if the minimum wage is too low to live on," Clinton said. "They can't rise if their governor makes it harder for them to get a college education. And you cannot seriously talk about the right to rise and support laws that deny the right to vote.”

For his part, Bush defended his record and pointed to his decision to appoint black judges and overhaul the education system.

He also kept the Confederate flag off the statehouse grounds, before it was popular policy, The Wall Street Journal reported.

“I believe in the right to rise in this country,” he said. “And a child is not rising if he’s not reading.” On economic growth, he said, “opportunity is a hollow word unless you’ve got the dignity of a job and a paycheck.”

Sources: The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post / Photo credit: Marc Nozell/Flickr