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May 22, 2015
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How an off-the-cuff remark shaped Jeb Bush’s economic vision

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Potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush waves as he departs after speaking to the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce in Salem, New Hampshire May 21, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

There were no fancy economic models or forecasts when former Florida Governor Jeb Bush first tossed out the idea that 4 percent annual growth should be the overarching goal for the U.S. economy.

May 22, 2015

Insight – How an off-the-cuff remark shaped Jeb Bush’s economic vision for U.S

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – There were no fancy economic models or forecasts when former Florida Governor Jeb Bush first tossed out the idea that 4 percent annual growth should be the overarching goal for the U.S. economy.

But what started as a casual suggestion during a 2010 conference call with advisers to the George W. Bush Institute, a public policy centre in Dallas, has now become the central economic idea of Bush’s developing run for the White House. Details of the call were recounted by one of the participants to Reuters.

May 22, 2015

How an off-the-cuff remark shaped Jeb Bush’s economic vision for U.S.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – There were no fancy economic models or forecasts when former Florida Governor Jeb Bush first tossed out the idea that 4 percent annual growth should be the overarching goal for the U.S. economy.

But what started as a casual suggestion during a 2010 conference call with advisers to the George W. Bush Institute, a public policy center in Dallas, has now become the central economic idea of Bush’s developing run for the White House. Details of the call were recounted by one of the participants to Reuters.

May 21, 2015

In New Hampshire, Jeb Bush draws contrast with brother on spending

By Steve Holland

CONCORD, N.H. (Reuters) – Republican Jeb Bush, looking for more ways to draw a contrast with his older brother, criticized former President George W. Bush on Thursday for permitting too much federal government spending.

After spending a week on the defensive for first saying he would have launched an invasion of Iraq just as his brother did, and then reversing course and disavowing the remark, Bush was asked by reporters in New Hampshire if there were any other differences on issues between the two brothers.

May 21, 2015

Republican Jeb Bush criticizes ‘arrogance’ in climate change debate

By Steve Holland

SALEM, N.H. (Reuters) – Republican Jeb Bush rejected on Thursday what he called an arrogant view that anyone who questions how much climate change is a result of human activity is considered “Neanderthal.”

Bush, answering questions from reporters after an event in Salem, New Hampshire, defended remarks he made a day earlier in which he said scientific research does not clearly show how much of climate change is caused by humans and how much is from natural causes.

May 21, 2015
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Jeb Bush says human role in climate change is ‘convoluted’

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Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush (R) meets guests at a house party during a campaign stop in Dover, New Hampshire March 13, 2015. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Republican Jeb Bush delved into climate politics during a campaign-style house party in New Hampshire at which he took questions from voters on his viewpoints as he considers whether to seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.

May 21, 2015

Jeb Bush says climate is changing but human role is ‘convoluted’

By Steve Holland

BEDFORD, N.H. (Reuters) – Republican Jeb Bush said on Wednesday that the Earth’s climate is changing but that scientific research does not clearly show how much of the change is due to humans and how much is from natural causes.

Bush delved into climate politics during a campaign-style house party in New Hampshire at which he took questions from voters on his viewpoints as he considers whether to seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.

May 17, 2015

Republicans debate Iraq war at major Iowa gathering for 2016

DES MOINES (Reuters) – A debate over the Iraq war triggered by Jeb Bush’s wobbly response to questions about it spilled into a major gathering of Republican 2016 U.S. presidential hopefuls on Saturday, reflecting divisions about whether the conflict was worthwhile.

The forum sponsored by the Iowa Republican Party was the biggest gathering of 2016 rivals in Iowa to date as the presidential race picks up speed in the state that early next year holds the first nominating contest on the road to the election in November.

May 15, 2015

Republicans have no easy answers in debate about debates

By Steve Holland

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (Reuters) – Republican Party leaders are struggling to figure out who among their bounty of 2016 candidates deserve to take the stage when U.S. presidential debates kick off in August or, more importantly, who will not make the cut.

“It’s a very tough question,” acknowledged Sean Spicer, senior strategist at the Republican National Committee, in a session with reporters on Friday at the RNC’s spring meeting.

May 14, 2015
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Jeb Bush comes full-circle on Iraq invasion

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Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush speaks at a town hall meeting in Tempe, Arizona May 14, 2015. REUTERS/Deanna Dent

Republican Jeb Bush reversed course and said that based on information now known, had it been up to him he would not have waged war againstĀ Iraq, putting some distance between himself and his brother, former President George W. Bush.

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