Kudos to Jeb Bush: Civil and willing to differ from his party

Posted on August 26, 2012 by

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The former Florida governor, who some Republicans hoped would get into the presidential race, told “Meet the Press” today, “[A]nd we have to change, not necessarily our core beliefs but how we, the tone of our message and the message and the intensity of it for sure…. 

“But long-term conservative principles, if they’re to be successful and implemented, there has to be a concerted effort to reach out to a much broader audience than we do today.”

When host David Gregory asked how we can balance the budget and reduce debt, Bush acknowledged that raising revenue should be on the table, something most Republicans reject out of hand. He then said, “The first step, though, is to create a climate of economic growth where revenue comes in because people are creating jobs and investing and are being taxed because of it. That’s by far the most important way of doing this.”

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R-AZ), also on “Meet the Press,” said “I think that, of course, there’s been a fomenting, if you will, of Republicans because the Democrats certainly are trying to wage a war against women, like class warfare. The bottom line is that the President, Governor Romney, has rejected that statement, (Brewer shifted there to the statements of Rep. And Senate candidate Todd Akin)  as have I.

We’ve said many times that taking a different position on an issue has nothing to do with warfare and it doesn’t mean someone is trying to divide America.

Republican adviser Mike Murphy addressed the criticism of the GOP platform plank barring abortion under all circumstances. “Here’s the role of the Republican platform, nobody reads it. I’ve been in this business 28 years and I’ve never read the darn thing.” He added that he has read the Democratic platform and cited promises the President made that he has not kept.

Sadly, every President makes promises that are not fulfilled. As for the platform, saying he has never read it and that nobody reads it doesn’t take away the meaning of its words.