Jeb Bush: ‘Fifty Plus One’

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks at the Faith & Freedom Coalition conference, June 14, 2013 in Washington, DC.

It’s about winning, Jeb Bush says.

David Brody, of “The Brody File” at the Christian Broadcasting Network, may have heard what we heard at last week’s Faith and Freedom Coalition: a Jeb Bush speaking a different line from Ralph Reed’s.

Brody sat down with Bush for an interview Friday — airing on “The 700 Club” today — in which the host asked about the state of the Republican Party: “Where do you see evangelicals’ role in all of this? Because really, there is somewhat of a fight for the soul of the Republican Party. Many evangelicals feel the culture is not where it needs to be and it’s going down pretty quickly.”

And Bush replied: “I think we could focus on all our disparate parts, all of the points of disagreement that conservatives have and never win again. My general thought is that the focus ought to be on how you get fifty plus one. Not how you win amongst forty-five. ”

“And that’s kind of where we are where everybody has a view that’s slightly different than one another and certainly social conservatives are a huge part of a winning coalition which means that we have to change our language to be inclusive but not abandon principle and that’s not as hard, I think, as people make it out to be.”

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