Bush: ‘I’m my own man’

September 17, 2015

Radio host Hugh Hewitt called it the “biggest elephant in the room full of elephants” for Republican candidate Jeb Bush: his last name.

At Wednesday’s debate, Bush faced several questions about his father George H.W. and brother George W., who respectively were the 41st and 43rd presidents.

Hewitt wanted to know why he had so many foreign policy advisers who served in the earlier Bush administrations.

“It was a lot of the band getting back together again,” Hewitt said.

But Bush argued that all candidates seeking experienced Republican foreign policy experts would go to people who served in two previous Republican administrations.

“Of course that’s the case,” he said. “But I’m my own man.”

Jeb Bush in Londonderry, New Hampshire, September 11, 2015.   REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Jeb Bush in Londonderry, New Hampshire, September 11, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

CNN reporter Dana Bash asked Bush “did your brother make a mistake” in appointing John Roberts as chief justice, given Roberts’ rulings on upholding Obamacare, which angered Republicans.

“Look: I will talk about what I will do as president of the United States as it relates to appointing Supreme Court justices,” Bush replied.

Donald Trump waded in and said George W. Bush’s last three months in office were a “disaster,” telling Bush that “Your brother’s administration gave us Barack Obama.”

Bush fought back. “You know what? As it relates to my brother, there’s one thing I know for sure. He kept us safe,” drawing applause from the audience.


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