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A pained Jeb Bush explains why he can't support Trump, or Clinton



Jeb Bush is preparing to sit out the presidential election and it “breaks my heart,” he said in an MSNBC interview tonight.

“The simple fact is there's a threshold past which anybody that steps into the oval office must go past. And I don't think either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump pass that threshold. In terms of temperament, character, trust worthiness, integrity.

“So what do you do? I mean if you believe like I do the Presidency is sacred ground and you want a President that uphold the constitution and I don't believe that either one of the candidates fulfills that primary kind of objective, uh, I can't vote for either one of them.”

Other moments from the interview with Nicole Wallace:

“Conservatism is temporarily dead. I mean, if you look at it, we have two candidates. Donald Trump is barely a Republican. He's certainly not a conservative.”

“… the conservative cause isn't just about the, you know, a presidential race. It's about core beliefs that, if implemented properly will lead people to a better life. And so I think outside of the hot presidential campaign, this message still resonates and it's still important. It certainly resonates around the country.”

"It's a reasonable place to end up as a conservative supporting Trump because you can't stand Hillary. And I could see why people would take the opposite and say on foreign policy issues, you know, I can't -- This is my life calling, this is what I've been involved in. But in my case I-- I don't trust Hillary Clinton. I don't think she'd be strong -- I don't think she'd be a strong leader in the-- on the world stage. She is-- her involvement in foreign policy has been disastrous. The reset button, Libya and other things and she's not been held to account yet."

[Last modified: Monday, July 11, 2016 11:35pm]


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