Bush Calls For More Civility

Bush pushes back against ad that says his brother didn’t keep America safe.

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Zach Montellaro
Sept. 21, 2015, 8:39 a.m.

Former Flor­ida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) con­tras­ted him­self with real es­tate mogul Don­ald Trump (R), call­ing for more ci­vil­ity in pub­lic life.

Bush said Obama is “an Amer­ic­an, he’s a Chris­ti­an” but that “his prob­lem is he’s a pro­gress­ive lib­er­al who tears down any­one who dis­agrees with him.” (De­troit Free Press)

AIR WAR. An ad, re­leased by a lib­er­al group Amer­ic­ans United for Change, riffed off Bush’s com­ments dur­ing the most re­cent de­bate, where he said his broth­er, former Pres­id­ent George W. Bush kept Amer­ica safe.

“Bey­ond the 9/11 at­tacks, the ad sug­gests that George W. Bush did not keep Amer­ic­ans safe from ‘a crum­bling eco­nomy,’ ‘a bur­eau­crat­ic cata­strophe’ and ‘an un­ne­ces­sary war.’”

Bush “thinks that” the “ad is ‘dis­grace­ful’ for sug­gest­ing that his broth­er … didn’t keep the coun­try safe dur­ing his pres­id­ency.”

Bush tweeted in re­sponse: “Your polit­ic­al ma­chine’s 9/11 ad is dis­grace­ful. As a New York­er you know the lead­er­ship my broth­er provided after 9/11.” (Wash­ing­ton Post)

EM­BRACE THE NAME. Bush em­braced his fam­ous last name more than he has pre­vi­ously in the cam­paign.

Bush: “I know how to do this be­cause, yes, I am a Bush. … I happened to see two really good pres­id­ents de­vel­op re­la­tion­ships with oth­er coun­tries.” (CNN)

SELFIES AND TAIL­GAT­ING. Bush spent a chunk of his Sat­urday at a tail­gate be­fore the Geor­gia vs. South Car­o­lina foot­ball game in Athens, Ga.

Bush kept his re­marks brief, mainly be­cause stu­dents swarmed him both be­fore and after his speech in an at­tempt to get a selfie with him. (CNN)

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