Laura Ingraham: Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton Should Run on the Same Ticket

The conservative radio host threw considerable shade at Bush ahead of his CPAC speech.

Radio host Laura Ingraham speaks at the Freedom Summit at The Executive Court Banquet Facility April 12, 2014 in Manchester, New Hampshire.
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Emma Roller
Feb. 27, 2015, 4:10 a.m.

Jeb Bush will speak at the Con­ser­vat­ive Polit­ic­al Ac­tion Con­fer­ence this af­ter­noon. But Laura In­gra­ham wasn’t go­ing to let him have an easy wel­come.

In her speech Fri­day morn­ing, the con­ser­vat­ive talk-show host opened with a warn­ing shot at Bush, ask­ing at­tendees to raise their hands if they were skep­tic­al of an­oth­er Bush pres­id­ency. The crowd ap­plauded.

“Jeb and Hil­lary could run on the same tick­et,” In­gra­ham con­tin­ued. “The idea that we should con­duct any kind of coron­a­tion … be­cause 50 rich fam­il­ies de­cide who will best de­cide their in­terests? No way, Jose.”

She went on to jab at Bush for a re­cent Wash­ing­ton Post story doc­u­ment­ing the plush spend­ing habits of his wife, Columba Bush. In­gra­ham joked that Bush’s mar­riage could help him ap­peal to wo­men voters. “What wo­man doesn’t love a man who gives her a blank check at Tiffany’s?” In­gra­ham said.

She also cri­ti­cized Bush for think­ing “the Amer­ic­an work­er is lazy” and that “we should re­pop­u­late De­troit with for­eign work­ers.”

In this way, In­gra­ham ex­pertly set the tone for the day at this large gath­er­ing of con­ser­vat­ives. That bore out later Fri­day morn­ing, when the crowd — largely made up of Rand Paul sup­port­ers ahead of his ap­pear­ance — loudly booed when Fox News‘ Sean Han­nity asked who in the crowd sup­por­ted Bush. Dur­ing her speech, In­gra­ham ap­pealed to the crowd while starkly re­mind­ing Bush that he won’t be able to simply show up and gain sup­port from the Re­pub­lic­an base.

“We don’t need a con­ser­vat­ive who comes to CPAC to check a box,” she said, say­ing that people come be­cause “they are con­ser­vat­ives.”

In­gra­ham also used her speech to bash me­dia out­lets that cri­ti­cized Gov. Scott Walk­er’s re­marks at CPAC on Thursday, in which he sug­ges­ted that tak­ing on thou­sands of pro-uni­on pro­test­ers in Wis­con­sin would pre­pare him for tak­ing on IS­IS. In­gra­ham said his crit­ics don’t have a sense of hu­mor.

Over­all, In­gra­ham gave per­haps the most full-throated de­fense of the con­ser­vat­ive move­ment at CPAC so far.

“For a mo­ment, don’t for­get where this move­ment came from. It came from men and wo­men who were told that con­ser­vat­ism was yes­ter­day’s news,” In­gra­ham said. “Con­ser­vat­ism is not dour or gloomy. We are an op­tim­ist­ic people. Don’t let any­one tell you oth­er­wise.”

This story was up­dated with de­tails from Sean Han­nity’s speech, and the re­sponse, later Fri­day morn­ing.

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