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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
via Tales from the Trail

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.

May 14, 2015

Jeb Bush says ‘knowing what we know now,’ he would not have invaded Iraq

By Steve Holland

TEMPE, Ariz. (Reuters) – Republican Jeb Bush reversed field on Thursday after a week of criticism and said that based on information known now, he would not have launched the Iraq war carried out by his brother, former President George W. Bush.

Bush, who is expected to run for the Republican nomination, had told Fox News in an interview broadcast this week that “I would have” authorized the invasion that his brother carried out in 2003.

May 12, 2015

Jeb Bush to skip Republicans’ Iowa straw poll

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Jeb Bush, a likely 2016 presidential candidate, will skip a nationally renowned straw poll of Iowa Republican activists in August in what amounts to a recognition that he is not a favorite of conservatives in the state.

The former Florida governor plans to attend a gathering in Atlanta organized by the conservative blog RedState on Aug. 8, the date of the Iowa contest, a Bush spokesman said.

May 9, 2015

At Christian University, Jeb Bush will seek support from evangelicals

By Steve Holland

LEXINGTON, Va. (Reuters) – Potential Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush will seek on Saturday to increase his appeal among evangelical Christians, a significant voting bloc, in an appearance at a Christian university.

Bush is to deliver the commencement address at Liberty University in nearby Lynchburg, Virginia. The school was founded by evangelical leader Jerry Falwell and it is where conservative Republican Senator Ted Cruz announced his 2016 presidential campaign in March.

May 8, 2015

Five years on, Obamacare poses quandary for U.S. Republicans: Reuters/Ipsos poll

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Americans with health insurance under Obamacare, including Republicans, are generally satisfied with it, a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll found, posing a quandary for Republican politicians who have long vowed to repeal it.

President Barack Obama’s signature policy, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010, was opposed by 53 percent of almost 21,000 Americans surveyed, and favored by 47 percent.

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