Jeb Bush: ‘Lose the primary to win the general without violating your principles’

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said he’ll make up his mind about a presidential run in 2016 “in short order” and that whether it’s him or someone else, a successful Republican has to make a pitch to a general election audience without violating his or her principles.

“I know — I kind of know how a Republican can win, whether it’s me or somebody else, and it has to be much more uplifting, much more positive, much more willing to, you know, to be practical now in Washington-world,” he said at the annual Wall Street Journal CEO Council. “Lose the primary to win the general without violating your principles — it’s not an easy task, to be honest.”

12 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • ijohnc1 says:

    OMG!, not another Bush, Clinton, Kennedy, these have all been progressives.
    “If you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you have always got”…..anon.

  • J. Nev says:

    DID YOU KNOW… John McCain’s daddy “the Admiral” covered up Israel attacking the USS Liberty!!!

    The USS Liberty incident was a (((DELIBERATE))) attack on a U.S. Navy intelligence ship, on June 8, 1967.

    The Israeli attack killed 34 U.S. servicemen and wounded at least 173. The attack was the second deadliest against a U.S. Naval vessel since the end of World War II

    The Day Israel Attacked America…

  • Aitor says:

    If you lose the primary then for which party will you run for President. If it’s as an Independent then the only purpose Jeb Bush would have in that case would be to destroy the Republican Party and the Constitutional Conservative’s influence on the GOP and thereby guarantee a Democrat President and give him/her the right to appoint the next three Supreme Court Justices. Rand Paul endorsed Mitch McConnell in the Republican Primary in Kentucky against a legitimate conservative. Rand Paul is pandering to the Hispanic vote on immigration and endorsing Amnesty. Rand Paul’s foreign policy views are those of a naive isolationist. Rand Paul is a fraudulent panderer and should never be the nominee of the Republican Party and he could never garner enough Republican votes to beat whomever might be the Democrat candidate. Look to Ted Cruz or Scott Walker or someone like them to oppose the Democrats in 2016!.

  • bdaniel230 says:

    There are any number of people that are better qualified to be President over Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney or John McCain. If we can get the RINOs and Democrats out of control of the GOP we may actually have a chance of gaining the Whitehouse. But We Don’t Need nor Do We Want another Bush in power! Trey Gowdy would be someone that would make a good President or Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. We also need to get the local TEA parties in control and not the freeloading national TEA party organizations who are merely draining the resources from local groups which have proven to make the difference.

    1. SAMKD1 says:

      Unfortunately John McCain is a Rino!! He is our Senator and he isn’t as conservative as Arizona wants… Time for him to retire and let the younger generation of Republicans have their turn….

      1. bdaniel230 says:

        The RINOs are in leadership positions though and Jeb Bush IS A RINO! Same as his father and brother. They are first and foremost GLOBALISTS like George Soros and Henry Kissinger. We need fewer RINO, actual leadership and less Globalism.

  • buddman says:

    Jeb Bush is a douchebagg rino

  • Rooster says:

    Im with you David.

  • David in MA says:

    NO – Jeb Bush!
    YES- Rand Paul & Sarah Palin
    Cruz Atty. Gen.
    Newt Gingrich Speaker of the House
    Any body but Mitch as Senate Majority Leader
    As Pelosi said: DRAIN THE SWAMP (probably the only thing she said I agree with)

    1. I Seigel says:

      Yes – Sarah Palin!

    2. Jerry Lister says:

      How about a Trey Gowdy/Sarah Palin ticket or Gowdy/Cruz ticket?

      1. David in MA says:

        Cruz, Rubio & Jindal are not Constitutionally eligible.
        Gowdy/Palin I could see.

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