Bush: ‘I Will Not Blame Barack Obama for a Single Thing’
Jeb Bush – desperate to differentiate himself from the pack – made it clear on Monday that he would not criticize Barack Obama for a single thing.
“My pledge to you: When I’m president I will not blame Barack Obama for a single thing,” he told listeners at the Nashua Country Club in Nashua, N.H. “The day that I’m sworn into office, I’m on watch — whatever it is.”
“I am really tired of politicians that blame their predecessors,” the Republican White House hopeful added. “I have a personal kind of feeling about it having watched it for a while.
“I hope you want a president who actually accepts accountability and responsibility but also has the skills to fix the mess that exists. I hope you want a leader who’s focused like a laser beam on the mess in Washington, D.C.”
The Hill reports:
Bush then took aim at GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump, arguing the billionaire is trampling everyday Americans underfoot for his own benefit.
“I’m tired of politicians that push down a group of people to make themselves look better,” the former Florida governor said.
“Donald Trump organizes his campaign around disparaging people as a sign of strength,” Bush said, one day before New Hampshire’s presidential primary. “It’s not strong to insult women. It’s not strong to castigate Hispanics. It’s not strong to ridicule the disabled.”
Bush additionally railed against the partisan fault lines dividing the nation into warring factions who cannot cooperate for the greater good.
“Basically in Washington we have two armed camps,” he said. “We’ve got the red camp and the blue camp.
“They don’t talk to each other, there’s no personal trust, there’s no friendship. There’s no assumption that somebody who might not agree with you might just be wrong. They might not be bad.”
Bush is making his final push for the support of New Hampshire’s voters before ballots are cast there on Tuesday. He trails Trump by about 22 points in the Granite State, according to the latest RealClearPolitics average of polls.
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