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Jeb Walks Back Mega-Gaffe: ‘I’m Not Sure We Need Half A Billion Dollars For Women’s Health Issues’

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Jeb Walks Back Mega-Gaffe: ‘I’m Not Sure We Need Half A Billion Dollars For Women’s Health Issues’


Jeb Bush just handed Democrats a gift-wrapped present in the political fight over funding Planned Parenthood — and on President Obama’s birthday, no less!

Speaking to the Southern Baptist Convention Tuesday, Bush chimed in on the conservative movement to defund Planned Parenthood — boasting that he had had success on this very front when he was governor of Florida. But in a side comment, Sabrina Siddiqui of The Guardian reports, he appeared to question the whole idea of spending money on women’s health at all.

“The argument against this is, well, women’s health issues are gonna be — you’re attacking, it’s a war on women and you’re attacking women’s health issues,” Bush said. “You could take dollar for dollar — although I’m not sure we need a half a billion dollars for women’s health issues.”

“But if you took dollar for dollar,” he continued, “there are many extraordinarily fine organizations, community health organizations that exist, federally sponsored community health organizations, to provide quality care for women on a wide variety of health issues. But abortion should not be funded by the government — any government, in my mind.”

Shortly thereafter, Bush quickly released a statement via his campaign:

With regards to women’s health funding broadly, I misspoke, as there are countless community health centers, rural clinics, and other women’s health organizations that need to be fully funded. They provide critical services to all, but particularly low-income women who don’t have the access they need.

I was referring to the hard-to-fathom $500 million in federal funding that goes to Planned Parenthood – an organization that was callously participating in the unthinkable practice of selling fetal organs. Democrats and Republicans agree we absolutely must defund them and redirect those funds to other women’s health organizations.



  1. Happiness Seeker August 5, 2015

    So, Jeb Bush is not even able to check his facts on PP. And he wants to become President? Such blindness is dangerous for the country.

    1. FT66 August 5, 2015

      Jeb indicated earlier before he joined the GOP field that he doesn’t follow the Daily News. Just wait and watch him tomorrow during the debate when pressed on an issue, that will be the time to understand this guy has no cojones to lead the country.

      1. Eleanore Whitaker August 5, 2015

        Sheldon Adelson is behind JEB and the GOP is straddling on fence on who they want more, JEB or Scott Walker. The only reason the GOP back room glutted their campaign side of the aisle with so many candidates was to fill their campaign coffers. The rest was just for show.

        1. johninPCFL August 5, 2015

          JEB is in a tight spot since the Kochs have already declared their support for Walker. He’s going to have to step it up to get their cash.

        2. FT66 August 5, 2015

          Eleanore, I am with you on this. Thats why I might vote for Trump in primaries if it will happen am back home during that time. We are sick and tired of billionares using their mega-money determining the person to lead us. We don’t adore this anymore. They can take their money anywhere else, NOT in our picking the person we like.

  2. RED August 5, 2015

    Every so often these Conservative Con artists, or Cons, slip up and express their true agendas. They immediately then try to back track and cover it up because they are aware that most humans aren’t as sick and disgusting as they and their supporters are.

  3. Eleanore Whitaker August 5, 2015

    I’ve lived my entire life surrounded by men. If there is one thing I can spot, it’s men who are hiding their real point of attack: Hillary.

    Every word of out the GOP men’s mouths and their suck up women, bashes women and is an attempt to get even for women becoming too prominent in government and business.

    Men have this odd mechanism where they deliberately misdirect their attacks when their male egos are under attack from a too intelligent, too accomplished woman who just might show them up.

    Don’t think this is just about getting revenge on Hillary for some imagined major crime for which she deserves nothing short of a GOP crucifixion — publicly. It is about 11 women from VT, Linda Sanchez, Wendy Davis and their worst worst nightmare: Elizabeth Warren.

    These are not women will are willing to bend over backward to please any man just to satisfy male ego. When some men in the US get that, they will be far happier creatures.

  4. highpckts August 5, 2015

    Still sticking with the bogus video I see!! A lie is a lie is a lie! It’s been proven to be a lie and the fact it was proven a lie never got the media coverage that the original story got so they can get away with it!! People want to believe so run with it! The GOP is famous for running with lies even though we know the facts! The sad thing is that their “base” are all too eager to believe whatever they say without even checking any facts! They would be quite happy to relegate women back to the 18th century!

  5. geraldhoey August 5, 2015

    The problem is that once a lie is out there and has been endorsed by Fox News, it doesn’the matter if it is debunked by fact checkers because Fox News will continue to report it as fact and their low information audience doesn’t believe any other source anyway.


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