Meanwhile, to confuse matters even more, Trump attacks establishment favorites such as Jeb Bush not from the right but from the left, accusing him, for example, of insufficient support for big-government funding of “women’s health issues”.
The super PAC supporting former Florida governor Jeb Bush’s presidential bid hits the airwaves September 15 with a sustained four-month, “eight figure” advertising campaign, officials confirmed Sunday. “We can’t do this alone, we can’t get the world’s policeman”, Bush said.
The latest polls still have Trump as the frontrunner by a wide margin, but Bush vowed it would be a different story when he makes his next visit to Atlanta.
The elder Bush won the Iowa caucuses in 1980 but ultimately lost the nomination.
Bush’s plan is one of few lengthy, veterans-related proposals floated by 2016 presidential candidates. Bush confronted criticism that his concepts hew too intently to these of his brother, George W. Bush, who continues to be extensively faulted for mismanaging the conflict in Iraq.
The elephant in the political room is the front runner status of Donald Trump, who proposed an immigration policy that would involve building a wall along the Mexican border, to be paid for by Mexico, and would require around 12 million illegal immigrants and their American born children to be deported so they could return and apply for green cards.
Like his campaign refrain of shrinking Washington D.C. politics, Bush wants to see the VA whittled down, saying that it’s almost impossible right now to fire a VA employee and overhead costs are sucking money away from actually caring for veterans.
“He seems smart and capable”, said 69-year-old Jerry Litzel, who came to hear Bush at the Polk County Summer Sizzle Thursday night. He said America has to show it’s in the fight “for the long haul”, and took a swipe at language Obama once used to dismiss the threat posed by the group. He was in Atlanta to raise money and get publicity for his campaign. “We need a strong leader with executive experience who knows how to lead in a risky world while also maintaining the highest standard of care for our veterans back home”. Bush proposes broadening these limitations to broaden entry to non-public care.
The former Florida governor also says the Pentagon should be overhauled to prioritize an increase in the number of active-duty troops. “It’s the second largest state in the primary, it’s our neighbor to our north, we’re going to be working hard”, Bush said.
“I respect Governor Deal’s position on this. And I think that really resonates with a lot of veterans”.
“If you had told me a couple months ago that Donald Trump would be leading the field by double digits, I would have rolled my eyes”, said GOP strategist Ford O’Connell.