Marco Rubio Just Said Something Remarkably Positive about Jeb Bush

By Feldmann, Linda | The Christian Science Monitor, June 15, 2015 | Go to article overview

Marco Rubio Just Said Something Remarkably Positive about Jeb Bush


Feldmann, Linda, The Christian Science Monitor


Marco Rubio welcomed Jeb Bush into the 2016 presidential race Monday - and he truly seemed to mean it.

"In politics, people throw around the word 'friend' so much it often has little real meaning," Senator Rubio said Monday in a statement. "This is not one of those times. When I call Jeb Bush my friend, I mean he is someone I like, care for, and respect. He and I have worked closely together for many years, on issues big and small. He is a passionate advocate for what he believes, and I welcome him to the race."

This statement is remarkable. First, Rubio and Mr. Bush - who is set to officially enter the race Monday - aren't merely competitors for the Republican nomination. They are both top-tier candidates, and both of them have the potential to go all the way to the White House. They are both sons of Florida - for Bush, beginning in early adulthood, for Rubio, from birth. Both have served the state in major roles - Bush as a two-term governor, Rubio as speaker of the state House and then as senator.

Bush is a generation older than Rubio and was his political mentor. Perhaps more than most Republicans, Bush has long recognized the importance of the nation's fast-growing Latino population. …

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