Skip to comments.Jeb Bush: Romney and GOP have 'work to do' on illegal immigration stance
Posted on 06/11/2012 2:46:15 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor and brother of the ex-president, has warned Mitt Romney that he has boxed himself in politically with rhetoric over illegal immigration and said Republicans need a change of tone on the issue if they are to win over Latino voters.
Bush said that immigration was among issues that have seen Republicans become so partisan that even Ronald Reagan would face trouble winning the party's presidential nomination today because he co-operated with Democrats.
The former governor, who has been touted as a possible running mate for Romney but who says he does not want the job, told a meeting with Bloomberg journalists that Romney needs to break away from talking about immigration solely in the context of undocumented aliens and tightening borders.
"Don't just talk about Hispanics and say immediately we must have controlled borders," he said. "It's kind of insulting when you think about it. Change the tone would be the first thing. Second, on immigration, I think we need to have a broader approach."
Florida is a key battleground in November's presidential election. Obama won two-thirds of the Hispanic vote there 2008.
Bush said Romney had understandably zeroed in on illegal immigration during the Republican primaries, talking about tightening border controls and other measures in order to connect with voters who accuse undocumented aliens of taking jobs and burdening the health and education systems. But the former governor said that in doing so, Romney had alienated other voters.
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So Jebbie sticks the knife in Romney. What’s his game? Clear the decks for 2016?
That goes for you too, JJJr.
I never want to hear from another Bush again. Especially Jeb and the up and coming George P. Bush.
Somebody should tell this SOB to STFU.
Ping to Bush idiocy.
Jeb will throw any American of any tint under the employment bus simply because his wife is Latina. He is a disgusting American.
“The former governor, who has been touted as a possible running mate for Romney but who says he does not want the job,”
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2893766/posts (George P. also strongly suggests that his dad would say yes if asked: If called upon to serve, he will, he says flatly)
Jeb should sit down and be quiet. Who needs him to advise about anything???
Jeb doesn’t want Romney to win?
Sounds to me like he’s trying to portray Romney as too far right when he and everybody else in the country knows better. Romneys’ no better on immigration than any other open border RINO.
1. See how it works? Anyone who disagrees with JEB has “work to do.” No explanation offered, for (to JEB) none is needed. Ipse dixit.
2. Yeah, that’s the problem with Romney: Too CONSERVATIVE. /s
Barbara's special needs son needs to mind his Ps & Qs
Mr. RomneyCARE was exposed twice by the Boston newspapers
on this subject. Milt RomneyCARE USED illegals for work
on his sanctuaries ... EVEN while he pontificated
the other side of the issue.
The GOPe continue to make the Republican party
the ONLY JOKE that can possibly LOSE to Obama.
So you need to aid and abet criminals to be presidential now?
Jeb inserting himself into the current political dialogue is singularly unhelpful. Romney is rising in the polls, gaining momentum and generally running a well focused campaign thus far. He definitely doesn’t need any help from the Bushes whose advice is rarely consistent with true conservative principles
Jeb inserting himself into the current political dialogue is singularly unhelpful. Romney is rising in the polls, gaining momentum and generally running a well focused campaign thus far. He definitely doesn’t need any help from the Bushes whose advice is rarely consistent with true conservative principles.
Where have all these Loud Mouths been the last 4 years, while America was being transformed. Shut Your Mouth Jeb, We do not want your help in any way.
Jeb is no Sarah Palin to help conservatives hold their nose while voting RINO.
I must say Jeb Bush is working on me really disliking him. There is no reason anyone should support illegal immigration. Also, thisi s not the time for his public soul searching when he knows the election hangs in the balance.
Further, it certainly has to strike Freepers as odd that Jeb Bush has decided a republican party led by Mitt Romney is some awful hard right enterprise.
I understand his local politics reasons for wanting to be “sensitive” on this issue, but he does not need to scare hispanic voters away and back to Barack Obama.
And Jeb, it is not “insulting” to any law abiding hispanic citizen, to talk about securing the border.
Romney has a position, it just isn’t the one Jeb and the socialist Bush’s want.
Got Kool Aid???
Another Shrub making noise...
Could be 10 years before Bush Jr. gets his due as hero of the democrat party..
Or when the democrats finally martyr Zero as the next MLK...
a plane accident or crazed RINO... or something else..
The Bushes made Barry Half-White possible..
The Bush’s are stealth democrats.. even the wives..
They are pro-UNION as much Dohbama(and Myth/Santorum) is/are..
This is just stupidity.
Gee, let me guess.
Jeb Bush is setting up to be Obama’s running mate, in readiness for his run in 2016.
I certainly haven’t forgotten Mitt’s tough on immigration stance of repeatedly warning the help that they need to be legal despite knowing that they weren’t.
As for those who think this is the DU where they can silence those who don’t join the herd, life is tough buttercup and its bound to get a lot tougher.
I used to think Jeb was the brightest bulb burning in the Bush’s rumpus room, but now I think George and Barbara had a real wattage shortage going on with their kids. Jeb is stuck on stupid when it comes to immigration policies and amnesty. He also fails to see the real opportunity Republicans have to bring in Hispanic Catholics. Why would anyone think that imitating liberals with immigration policies would cause people to come to the Republican Party? We can’t out Democrat the Democrats, but we can stand in contrast, as Scott Walker has demonstrated. We can offer a conservative alternative to the Christian hating left.
jeb bush is a pro mexico, open borders, citizen rights for illegal aliens, amnesty loving political animal.
For one time and one time only....one can agree with the Rev. Jesse Jackson who proclaimed “out da Bushs”!
Jeb, you`re dismissed. Thanks for playing. You`ve said your piece.. now go away.
Agreed. The Bushes are not a force for strength and the protection of our nation - unfortunately.
You and your clan are not a part of the new political paradigm of the right, and we are SICK of hearing your bleating, Democrat think!
George, would you kindly slap some sense into your little brother? Thanks.
It is the GOP which has drunk the Kool Aide.
ANY other GOP conservative Candidate would be FAR ahead.
But Romney IS Obama from RomneyCARE/ObamaCARE to TARP
to TAXES to ineligibility.
Romney has made EVERY winning issue MOOT.
THAT is why this is close instead of CERTAIN WIN.
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