Friday, August 21, 2015

Jeb Bush tries to score some conservative cred at Koch brothers' summit in Columbus

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Jeb Bush, eager to solidify his conservative credentials and mindful that he will need a broader coalition to win the White House, closed his speech to a Tea Party audience here Friday with a call to campaign everywhere.

"We need to make sure," said Bush, "that we start with the premise that people will embrace our philosophies – that they are conservatives, they just don't know it yet.

In a way, the line sums up the challenge Bush faces in a crowded Republican race for president. Conventional wisdom pegs him firmly as a moderate. The staunchly conservative record he built while governor of Florida predates the Tea Party and a growing demand for ideological purity from those who carry the GOP banner.

Bush's message: I'm conservative. You just don't know it yet.

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