Some people were not happy after presidential candidate Jeb Bush told a group in South Carolina Thursday night that Republicans can win more African-American voters with a message of positivity instead of one that promises “free stuff”.
“Our message is one of hope and aspiration”, Bush said “It isn’t one of division and get in line and we’ll take care of you with free stuff”.
“Our message is one of hope and aspiration”.
Romney was quickly criticized for his remarks, which were seen as an example of his inability to connect with black voters and unawareness as to why.
Romney, who was the center of sharp criticism for the comment, would later earn only 6% of the black vote against the incumbent President Obama.
Jeb Bush won’t be giving African-Americans more “free stuff”. Now, those white Republicans don’t THINK they get free stuff from the government like black people do, which is why they’re always telling the government to get out of their Medicare.
This time, Bush appeared to be making a subtly different argument than Romney – urging Republicans not to disregard African American voters and claiming many such voters wanted more substantial economic assistance.
Bush’s remarks contrast sharply with how Democratic candidates have discussed the question of race during the campaign. The phrase “free stuff” was trending on Twitter Friday morning and had been transformed into a hashtag as many tweeted and commented angrily in response to Bush’s remarks.
Bush’s campaign spokeswoman addressed the comment in a statement saying, “The Democrats are creating attacks where they don’t exist because they know their policies have failed the tens of millions stuck in poverty and they fear Jeb’s positive message of expanding opportunity for everyone”.
According to recent poll numbers, Bush is trailing by double-digits behind frontrunners Donald Trump and Ben Carson in South Carolina.