Jeb Bush Gets Better Press Than Rivals from European Trip

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Jeb Bush Gets Better Press Than Rivals from European Trip


Scarry, Eddie, Examiner (Washington, D.C.), The


Unlike some of his potential Republican presidential rivals, Jeb Bush looks like he's about to wrap up a trip overseas with a boost from the news media.

Bush set out Tuesday to tour three countries in Europe -- Germany, Poland and Estonia -- to burnish his foreign policy credentials. The trip wraps up on Saturday and unlike Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who took their own policy trips abroad, news coverage for Bush has either been favorable or largely uncritical.

"Mr. Bush seemed at ease here on a global stage, cracking a joke about surveillance, a sore point in Germany since it was revealed that the United States had tapped the cellphone of [Chancellor Angela] Merkel," said a New York Times article on Tuesday. "And he gamely fielded questions from a moderator about environmental sustainability and trade policy."

"There was no news, no confrontations and, most of all, no gaffes," wrote Politico on Friday, summing up Bush's tour.

The Wall Street Journal said Bush's trip was "All in all, not a bad use of [his] time heading into his official campaign announcement on Monday."

The coverage stands in stark contrast to the press Walker and Christie received earlier this year when they had their own overseas trips. …

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