Asked how he’ll combat concerns about a third Bush presidency, the former governor reiterated he’s aware it will be an issue for some people and he will campaign hard to “show his heart”.
He rarely holds a campaign event without mentioning that his critics called him “Veto Corleone”, something that he says he’s proud of.
The former Florida governor and brother of one former president and son of another said, “It is my intention not to preside over the establishment, but in every way I know to disrupt that establishment and make it more accountable to the people“.
Ed Moore, longtime president of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida, said Bush’s “strength of personality” is how he was able to create change in Tallahassee. “But a president should never accept it and I will not”. We need a president willing to challenge the whole culture in our nation’s capital.
Bush scolded members of Congress who miss votes and said they should forfeit their pay if they are absent.
And what I thought was interesting about that Jeb Bush reaction was that he didn’t actually talk about the criticism.
“What we have seen from Jeb Bush before, we will see again – greater income inequality, sky-high debt, allegiances to lobbyists, and a failed economic agenda that benefits the wealthy, ” said Christina Freundlich.
“His comments about Congress not showing up to work were exactly right, she said, adding that voters her age are starting to pay attention”. That effort remains contentious 15 years after it was enacted. It added that Bush’s tax cuts in Florida benefited the wealthy at the expense of the middle class. Kerry was also criticised for protesting against the war after he returned to the United States, where he served as a spokesman for Vietnam Veterans Against the War.
The Republican presidential candidate also proposed weekly, online disclosure of lobbyists” meetings with members of Congress, and an expansion of the definition of lobbying to capture the growing class of what has come to be known as “unlobbyists,” which Bush defined as an “ambiguous class” of individuals who don’t register to lobby but belong to “the cadre of “government relations” and “government affairs’ specialists now populating the Capitol”. He decried the fact that before he was governor, Tallahassee “lobbyists and legislators grew a little too comfortable in each other’s company”.
Bush said his first reform would be the partial freeze on hiring for the federal government, whose civilian workforce includes about 2 million employees.
The speech drew a sharp contrast in tone and content with Hillary Rodham Clinton, the Democratic front-runner, who has begun rolling out a series of policy proposals, many of which would involve expanding government’s role. “But the question is, a woman president to do what?” In 2005, the then Florida governor wrote to Day of the group, “As someone who truly understands the risk of standing up for something, I simply can not express in words how much I value their willingness to stand up against John Kerry”.