Jeb Bush: More Republicans Divide, Less Likely They’ll Govern

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Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush arrives for the dedication ceremony at the George W. Bush Library and Museum on the grounds of Southern Methodist University April 25, 2013 in Dallas, Texas.

If Jeb Bush decides to run for president, it appears there are some things he will try not to talk about in the interest of party unity.

He got a lot of criticism in the Twitterverse the other day for calling his critics “chirpers” in an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network. But it’s the fights he doesn’t want to pick that could prove more challenging.

“If I decide to run for office again, it will be based on what I believe,” Bush says in the interview online now. “And it will be based on my record. And that record was one of solving problems completely from a conservative perspective.”

Asked about the critics who say he’s not conservative enough, he says: “I will be able to manage my way through all the chirpers out there.”

Such as:

The former Florida governor, son of one president and brother of another, sat for an interview for CBN’s “The Brody File.”

“He is considered a mainstream Republican,” David Brody notes.

“We win when we are united,” Bush says in the interview.

Asked about same-sex marriage and navigating the “gay rights issue,” Bush says: “If you wander around America today, there are a lot of grandmothers taking care of kids, there are a lot of single dads, you know, that are doing the work, there are a lot a lot of single moms.”

“That to me is the bigger issue than the issues of gay rights and other things,” he says. “I think we can be respectful, we can be compassionate, we can talk about this in non-judgmental terms, but ultimately for our country’s success, traditional families are going to end up leading our renewal.”

Asked about President Barack Obama’s “evolution” to support of gay marriage and Bush’s own position on that and gay adoption, Bush says:“There’s been huge change in culture. My own personal views are, I believe in traditional marriage… The more we get into the fights that divide us, the less likely it is that we’ll be governing again.”



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