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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

In trying to win the Hispanic vote, Jeb Bush may have slightly overplayed his hand.

On his 2009 voter registration form, the former governor of Florida and likely GOP frontrunner claimed to actually be Hispanic, according to the New York Times. When it comes to grabbing the Spanish-speaking vote, Bush has several bona fides that his fellow Republican candidates lack, but ethnicity isn’t really one of them.

The Times obtained the application where Bush ticked the wrong box, reprinted below.


Bush took to Twitter to laugh off the move as a simple mistake.

Via New York Times.

Photo: Former governor Jeb Bush speaks at the 42nd annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Feb. 27, 2015 in National Harbor, MD. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

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  • Darsan54

    He and Elizabeth Warren can share a laugh.

  • Daniel Jones

    Well, he can say he’s a Hispanic parent, so his son being the one to point out the box goof is actually a small stroke of genius, intentional or not!
    I don’t agree with Jeb on a *whole* lot of issues, but if this was a deliberate play, it was awesome, and if it was accidental, he’s got something to build on for free. I’ll give credit where it’s due.

    • Eleanore Whitaker

      Good…then you will also give JEB credit for bankrupting the Miami Federal and dumping that on taxpayers? You’ll give him credit for his dealings with Hispanic thugs Codilla? Padreda? Recarey? Funny how all 3 Bush brothers were involved in bankruptcies they dumped on taxpayers…GWB? Arbusto Oil. Neil Bush? Silverado S&L (Daddy bailed him out) JEB? With Neil, (his 2nd bankrutpcy)? Miami Federal.

      What we don’t need is another helping of Bush bankruptcies. Or as JP Morgon’s CEO, Jamie Dimon responded when threatened with a violation of the 2009 Banking regulations by Sen. Warren, “So hit me with a fine. We can afford it.” Like that arrogance?

  • Dominick Vila

    Jeb Bush is as Hispanic as I am a Martian. The fact that his wife is a Mexican-American, and that their children are part Latinos, does not mean he is. Will the media react to this issue the same way they reacted when Elizabeth Warren claimed that she is part Native American? I doubt it, even though there is no reason to believe that Elizabeth is not part Native American, and that there is not a chance in Hell of Jebo being Hispanic or Latino…that is, unless he knows something the rest of us don’t.
    False claims notwithstanding, Jeb is likely to get a lot of support from the Hispanic-Latino community because of his marriage to a Latina, and because of his and his family’s record on Hispanic-Latino relations. Unfortunately for him, that friendly relationship and affinity is likely to drive away an important segment of the GOP.

    • Joseph Kelsall

      It’s a wise child that knows his father.

    • mike

      “Drive away an important segment of the GOP!, what hogwash!

  • highpckts

    He is hoping that being married to an Hispanic will hold a big sway with the voters! I hope they are knowledgeable enough to know he is his brother and does not have anyone’s best interests at heart except his!