Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) has finally found a point on which he diverges from his older brother, former President George W. Bush.
“Are there differences? Yeah, sure,” Bush told a New Hampshire resident at a sports bar on Thursday night, who inquired about what separates the two Bush brothers.
“I think in Washington during my brother’s time Republicans spent too much money,” Bush said, adding, “I think he could have used the veto power, he didn’t have line item veto power, but he could have brought budget discipline to Washington, DC,” according to MSNBC.
Bush placed much of the blame on his brother’s successor, President Obama, for an “astronomically” large increase in spending. However, he conceded that under his brother’s administration “having constraints on spending across the board during this time would have been a good thing.”
The former Florida governor has long said “I am my own man,” when faced with sceptics who question his originality in light of his family lineage.
But on May 10, many were surprised when he initially voiced support for his brother’s controversial decision to invade Iraq in 2003. After a few shots at a clarification, Bush ultimately changed his answer and said he wouldn’t have authorised the invasion if he knew intelligence indicating the country possessed weapons of mass destruction was incorrect.
As Bush considers the possibility of running for president, he has repeatedly faces questions about his family’s political dynasty, including at a Wednesday roundtable discussion with small business owners in Portsmouth, NH.
“I love my mum and dad. I love my brother, and people are just going to have to get over that. That’s just the way it is,” he told those gathered about his famous family, according to The New York Times. “I’m a Bush, I’m proud of it,” he told reporters after the event, “Like what am I supposed to say?”
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