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Jeb Bush sounds like a Republican candidate for president. Unfortunately for him, the candidate he sounds like is Mitt Romney.

In summer of 2012, as Romney’s “self-deportation” comments in the GOP primary would send him hurtling towards a disastrous performance with Latinos, the former governor of Florida told Charlie Rose, “You have to deal with this issue. You can’t ignore it, and so either a path to citizenship, which I would support — and that does put me probably out of the mainstream of most conservatives — or … a path… to residency of some kind.”

This morning, Bush told NBC’s Today show that a path to citizenship should not be a part of comprehensive immigration reform.

“And if we want to create an immigration policy that’s going to work, we can’t continue to make illegal immigration an easier path than legal immigration. There’s a natural friction between our immigrant heritage and the rule of law,” Bush said. “This is the right place to be in that sense.”

This puts him to the right of Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), another frontrunner for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination and a part of the so-called Gang of 8 in the Senate that is proposing a path to citizenship once the border is secure. It also puts him to the right of his brother, former president George W. Bush.

Jeb Bush, like his brother, has reached out to Latinos in ways many Republicans have not. His flip on immigration is already reminding some of Mitt Romney running against Obamacare, which was a nationalized version of the former Massachusetts governor’s own health care plan.

Opposing citizenship or “amnesty” for undocumented immigrants would be strong positioning for the GOP primary, but could cost Bush if he made it to the general election.

Bush also triangulated on other big issues of the day.

He called the partial renewal of the Bush tax breaks at the beginning of 2012 “the largest tax increase in history.” But he also said that more revenues could be part of a larger “grand bargain.”

“There may be (room for revenue) if the president is sincere about dealing with our structural problems,” Bush said.

He also said that he “loves” Chris Christie but also basically said that CPAC, the ultra-conservative conference, had good reason not to invite New Jersey’s governor.

Bush would not give an answer about whether he would be a candidate in 2016. But he didn’t rule it out either.

“That’s way off into the future,” he said. “I have a voice. I want to share my beliefs about how the conservative movement and the Republican Party can regain its footing, because we’ve lost our way.”

The statement “we’ve lost our way” may contain a subtle hint that the GOP has not won a presidential election without a Bush on the ticket since 1972.

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  • Here we go again!

    Let US focus on somethng that is not of significance to the folks trying to foot the tax bill for our governments’ foolish wars of adventure.

    Let US stop the development of WMD, that’d be a good start.

    • Eleanore Whitaker

      I agree…WMD…GOPese for Which Major Disaster….(next?)

    • kanawah

      Would that be Weapons of Mass Deception?
      A republiCOM and Transylvania tea bag specialty.

  • This is just what we need, we had two Bushes 12 years of out-of-control spending on 3 unfunded wars and tax cuts for the wealthy. #SayNotToToTheGOP

    • jnsgraphic

      With the change in the House in 2014 there will be no chance for the GOP in 2016… and def NOT another ‘Bush Puppet”‘

  • elw

    I am going to take up praying and beg God every night not to let another Bush win the Presidency.

    • angelsinca

      Sorry to burst the bubble of sarcasm but prayer doesn’t work like that.

      • kanawah

        Nothing fails like prayer.

        • angelsinca

          results vary

      • elw

        Oh, that’s OK, serious responses to sarcasm do not have any effect on it.

        • angelsinca

          LOL-that’s a good one, elw. gonna steal it. thx

        • DurdyDawg

          But my point is, you can’t expect your prayer to create miracles in one situation and say it doesn’t work in another.. It Shouldn’t apply to either! Only WE can prevent forest fires, that is unless you think the jebber is a natural phenomenon.. What we need to do is burn this fat ass dweeb right out of our lives. God can watch.. Buy tickets for his arch angels.. hell, sell corndogs even.. but WE need to deal with the punk and stop asking for help in an effort to put ourselves into the position of spectator only.. That just doesn’t work else the Bush clan would never have occurred.

          • elw

            DurdyDawg, you really need to work on finding your sense of humor.

      • DurdyDawg

        How do you know ? If we can pray to god to destroy the enemies we’re usurping at any given time then why not just one? If what you say is true then it must just be selective.

        • angelsinca

          I don’t know, dawg. Many intangible unkowns there. That’s why they call it faith. You don’t rub the vase and then hand your list of wishes to the genie. If there was empirical evidence to show that prayers get answered, it’d be on blue-ray. Praying solely to get result is like trying to run down a rainbow after the sun sets. I’m not overtly religious or a freak about it, and don’t do the witnessing or testament thing. It’s personal (like this is a great place to tell a stranger). Miracles happen. Even for educated science lovers. Your results may vary.

        • idamag

          It is like a God who hears prayers for scarlet ribbons or finds a parking place, while children die with leukemia.

    • I’m Going To Vote And Sign Up Others To Vote To Make Sure Jeb Will Be Running For NOTHING!!!!

  • mad46

    The good Lord wouldn’t do that to us. Putting another Bush in the white house.

    • jakenhyde

      The “good lord” wasn’t so benevolent when it came to the first two Bushes. What makes you think that anything has happened that would make him change his mind if Jeb runs?
      If you read the old testament carefully, you will find out that the good lord wasn’t so good to millions of folks. ;o)

  • 1standlastword

    The number 2 punch to the gut of the American people!!!

    Gotta give to the Bushs…they is gat a sense of humor…LOL

  • thegriffin

    The United States and the World does NOT need another Bush as president . . . hasn’t the Bush Crime Family done enough damage in the World, why inflict more damage by another Bush.

    • DurdyDawg

      Because there are still idiots out there shaking dummy trees. It’s like the Pubtards just shake off all their stupidity and continue telling us.. “Take this muttonhead because we say so”.. A nation of morons and the rest of us are stuck in the middle.

      • The Bushes And The Bin Laden Family Are Still In Business Together Thru A Corporation Name Carlile!! That’s One Of The Reason George W Let Them Fly Out Of The USA Under A No Fly Zone When Both Those Towers Were Destroyed!!! NO MORE BUSHES IN THE WHITE HOUSE!!!

        • idamag

          Bushes, like kudzu in the White House. No more destructive Bushes, please.

    • People Seem To Forget These Bush Bastards Are Still In Business With The Bin Laden Family Thru A Corporation Called Carlile!! That’s The Last Thing This Country Needs Is Another Bush In The White House!! Do You All Remember Jeb Saying His Brother George W. Kept Us Safe???? LOL What A Joke!!!!

      • idamag

        Fern, do you remember all the voter irregularities that took place under Jeb Bush’s governorship in Florida? That is the integrity we could expect if he became president.

        • I Know This Thug Helped His Brother Win!!! 🙁 And Look What He Done To This Country!!!! George Took A Surplus And Screwed This Economy Up!! He And His Fellow Thugs Got Rich And We The 99% Of The American People Got SCREWED!!!

          • idamag

            We didn’t even get any foreplay.

          • lana ward

            Aren’t you just cute, maggot. Nasty like your Lord of the Flies leader!!

      • lana ward

        The last thing America needs is another communist (dem) in the WH. Look what this kenyan has done to the country he hates. All dems in power hate America!!!!

  • No path to Citizenship, he is already double talking on Immigration and it is not even 2016.

    • I support Immigration reform, I detest those that promote the anchor baby issue, but I have to agree with former Gov. Jeb Bush on this one. Illegal immigrants should not be rewarded by granting them a path to citizenship. Regardless of how unfair or flawed our laws may be, they are our laws and they must be respected. I believe Sen, McCain’s guest worker program proposal, or granting permanent residency status, would be a better way to solve this problem.

  • Jeb Bush the Latino Vote will not accept a Mitt Romney position on Immigration, No Self Deportatons and it must include a path to Citizenship.

  • Jeez really? We just dodged the biggest bullet EVER with the Romney Ryan clown duo…please, NO…NOT another Bush…thankfully, I am quite confident that the American people are smarter than that.

    • kanawah

      There are a lot of stupid people out there.
      Also a lot of criminals in the state legislatures. They have rigged the house races and are working on rigging the presidential race.

      • jnsgraphic

        It’s called ‘Greedy Corporate America!’… they psst away millions on Romney and will be looking to recoup.

      • idamag

        And, they are willing to rig the vote to get in. For the sake of this country, we need universal voting laws.

    • DurdyDawg

      People, yeah.. But then there’s the T-party.. and regardless of what future handle they’ll call themselves, they will still be a boil on America’s ass.

  • No way any one but another Bush !

  • Jeb thinks he can tack far extreme right and then switch to moderate in time for the election better than mittey could. I just don’t think you can insult so many Americans for so long and then expect they will vote for you and all of a sudden like you and your party’s positions.

  • Fairplay4

    No Bush has ever done anything that is good for this Country. With a record like that do we expect lightening to strike?

  • Eleanore Whitaker

    Oh Puhlease….Do you not see the fun and amusement in a Jeb Bush run for the presidency? This is yet another GOP “Buy A President Plan” using the Poor Rich whiners who hate paying taxes, hate paying salaries in the US and think they are so above it all they can’t possibly see hardship a second or more in their lives. So..out comes Charles and David Koch, Karl Rove, Grover Norquist, Ralph Reed (Bush ’43’s Religion Rep failure), Adelson and Trump.

    See? You guys can’t say the GOP isn’t consistent…a white, middle aged male, preppie relic CEO wannabee….No women or minorities need apply much less dare to consider it. roflmao. What we don’t need ever again in the White House is another Confederate lunatic with a plantation mentality.

    • karinursula

      Besides there was no tax hike, it was put back where it was before Bush, Bush thought that he could pay for 2 wars with reduced taxes. I for one don’t want another Bush in the WH.

  • underledge

    We need another Bush like we need HIV!

    • DurdyDawg

      We didn’t ask for HIV and look what happened there.. Fact is, the Pubtards have run out of clown costumes so their going the way of hollywood where all imagination has disappeared and the only way to keep in the race is to create sequels to blockbuster movies.. The Pubs look back and say, “We had twelve successful years with the Bush’s, why not have a sequel”.. It’ll be a flop alright, just like “Night of the living Mittens” but that doesn’t mean they won’t pump in millions to give it that old ‘elitist’ try.


  • Don’t underestimate Jeb Bush, he is a lot more intelligent than his brother, W, and has solid conservative credentials that would be welcomed by conservative Republicans. He is talking to the core of the Republican party when he rejects a fast path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. BTW. his wife, Columba, is Mexican-American.
    Quite frankly, I don’t think he has a chance against Hillary Clinton, but he is bound to have a lot more credibility as a solid conservative than Marco Rubio, Cruz and the rest of the gang who sound more like opportunists and demagogues than people with a track record that supports his credentials and claims.

    • Dominick, can Cruz run for President? Everything I read on him said he was born in Canada and that his parents weren’t American citizens.

      • idamag

        If that is true, no he cannot run for president.

  • Jeb Bush has plenty of lovely skeletons in his closet, more than George actually.

    For starters there’s a man named Miguel Recarey, a company named IMC, Medicare fraud – the largest in US history (well, at least until Rick Scott came along) and the truth about how funds to treat Medicare patients were used to set up field hospitals for the Contras.

    Come on, Jeb, go for it. It’s about the whole story came out.

  • whodatbob

    Got to be a joke! He could not be as bab as his dad or his borther. Oh! He’s a Bush, Yes he could!

    Cuold the repuicks be that stupid?

    • Yes they could.

      • You Got That Right My Friend They Are Stuck On Stupid And The Immigrants Are No Way Stupid And Will Fall The The GOP/Tea Party Crap At Lease I Believe They Wont!!!

  • jnsgraphic

    Donors for a Jeb Bush Campaign may as well throw there money out the window! Does he really think the Republican Party will regain their footing with him in the race? They will just be digging the whole deeper… no one cares to hear another Bush ‘puppets’ voice or beliefs, been there, done that! As for immigration reform, he’s just as much a wolf in sheeps clothing as Rubio; give the immigrants a little credit, if WE don’t trust ‘them’ do you think THEY will? If JEBthro runs this will be an easy win for HILLARY!!!

  • bestofandy

    Sure, let’s get Bush-whacked again !!! Like George said, ” a fool can’t get fooled again”.

  • MOOSE4U2

    They killed enough people in Iraq & Afghanistan & made millions to boot .Weapons of mass destruction my foot they should be on trial for war crimes & so should be cheney the rat.

  • DurdyDawg

    Verily I must protest.. Hell, this dude don’t even have a passable appearance.. He looks like a snake oil salesman. And here I thought the Pubs were scraping the bottom of the barrel when they regurgitated the Mittwit.. Another of many new lows for the T-peers and their Pubtard shadows .

  • The only decent thing a Bush has done as President was when Bush Sr took SS funds out of the general fund and put it back in its own fund again. Reagan had taken SS out of its own funds and put in the general funds so trickle down would look it was working. Also after returning SS to its own funds, Bush Sr. and Tip O’Neil working together got Congress to pass a law that said that Social Security funds could only be used for SS.It also said anyone using SS funds for anything else was committing a crime andwill be sent to prison.
    The law didn’t keep Bush 2 from taking funds from SS and using the money for something else and stop him from using SS as collerateal (spell check not working) when he borrowed money from China to pay for his his two unfinanced wars . Nor has the law ever been enforced, if it had been Bush 2 would be in prison for theft.

  • The Republican party feels the presidency belongs to the Bush dynasty, the GOP feels they will always elect a Bush family member from their bloodline. People can’t call the Republicans, the party of Lincoln it might as well be the party of the Bush Dynasty. If another Bush is elected we are so screwed.

  • nobsartist

    I am sure that he will receive plenty of support from Dems.

    They love members of the bush crime family.

  • Jeb Bush running for President. Antichrist has appeared and the Apocalypse is nigh.

  • RAY

    Are the REPUGNANT-CANS really that stupid , to run another BUFFOON by the name of BUSH???, actually, it would guarantee another DEMOCRATIC victory for the Presidency….Right America???

  • Eleanore Whitaker

    Now just why do you all think it is so important for the GOP to push for changes to the voting rights and Electoral College? How else can they impose Jeb Bush on Americans? Be aware that the GOP knows it can’t win an election honestly. And the GOP can and will stoop as low as necessary to effect their desired result. After all, Adelson, the Kochs and a host of other billionaires can buy the presidency for the GOP, can’t they?

  • lana ward

    Our economy is falling apart. Incomes are declining. Taxes are going up. Government dependence is at an all time high. Businesses are closing at an alarming rate, which is more who are unemployed. We have 6.4 MILLION fewer jobs than we had in 2007. Any Republican would be a breath of fresh air after all of the stink of the communists in power now!!!!