Politics

Prominent GOP Group Labels Jeb Bush 'Unelectable'

| by Ethan Brown
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A powerful group of conservatives has labeled former Florida governor Jeb Bush “unelectable," signaling potential trouble with his own party during the 2016 presidential campaign.

The group, ForAmerica, was founded by Brent Bozell, the former chair of the Parents Television Council and well-known Republican advocate in the nation’s capital. 

On Feb. 18, ForAmerica released a video displaying Bush standing on a stage with Hillary Clinton, the presumed Democratic nominee for the presidency next year.  In the video, the former governor hands the former first lady an award for her “public service” throughout her two decade long career in politics.

The video is dated Sept. 10, 2013, and is quick to note that the award was presented to Clinton on the day before the one year anniversary of the terror attacks in Benghazi, Libya, which Clinton has received much scrutiny and criticism for, as she was U.S. Secretary of State at that time.

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Bush is receiving criticism from those in his own party due to his stance on immigration and Common Core education requirements that President Obama and other Democrats support. 

In a statement, Bozell said, “As it stands, Jeb has absolutely no credibility to criticize (Clinton) because he has already anointed her as a great public servant; and he inexplicably did so almost a year to the day of the Benghazi massacre.”

While Bush is arguably the current frontrunner for the Republican nomination, his views on controversial topics have hurt him in some polls.  A new CBS poll found that Republican voters would support Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker more than the former Florida governor, who was praised during his time in office for passing $19 billion in tax cuts.

Sources: NBC News, Yahoo! News, Wall Street Journal

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