Jeb Bush Says Dems Lure Black Voters With ‘Free Stuff’
Jeb Bush is on the attack against the Democrats. During a speech in South Carolina on Thursday, he criticized the Democrats for luring African-American voters with “free stuff.”
“Our message is one of hope and aspiration. It isn’t one of division and ‘Get in line and we’ll take care of you with free stuff,'” Bush said Thursday at an event in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.
This isn’t the first time a major Republican has attacked the Democrats for offering free stuff. Mitt Romney did the same thing in 2012 after his loss.
“What the president, president’s campaign did was focus on certain members of his base coalition, give them extraordinary financial gifts from the government, and then work very aggressively to turn them out to vote,” Romney said at the time, according to audio obtained by ABC News.
A Bush spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a CNN request for comment Friday, but declined to address the “free stuff” phrase directly in a reply to The New York Times.
“We will never be successful in elections without communicating that conservative principles and conservative policies are the only path to restoring the right to rise for every single American,” Bush spokeswoman Kristy Campbell told the Times.
Bush’s “free stuff” comment came as he explained another comment, from Tuesday, that the U.S. should not be a “multicultural” society.
“We’re a pluralistic society. We’re diverse, we have people that come from everywhere,” Bush told reporters Thursday. “We’re not multicultural. We have a set of shared values that defines our national identity, and we should never veer away from that because that creates the extraordinary nature of our country.”
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