2016 Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush took questions today from employees of a drug company in Columbia, South Carolina.
Bush's appearance was broadcast by C-SPAN (video below).
When Bush was asked about teacher's unions, he praised charter schools and merit pay, and also brought up the "tragedies" in Baltimore and Ferguson, which he blamed on a lack of "mentoring"and "nurturing," noted ThinkProgress.org
It's not clear if Bush was referring to the police shootings or the protests that followed when he said:
If you have kids as we do in this country that are aimlessly wandering around in their lives because they’ve never been told that they were capable of learning. They’ve never been challenged to achieve far better. They’ve never really had the kind of mentoring and nurturing that gives them the sense their lives could be better. You see what happens in Baltimore and Ferguson. You see the tragedies play out. You see the people that become so despondent they take actions that are horrific. I think education is the answer to a lot of those problems.
Bush failed to mention that Michael Brown and Freddie Gray were killed by police in Ferguson and Baltimore, and how the ensuing protests were in response to the killings.