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Jeb's son criticizes Crist

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February

AP: (George P. Bush), the son of former Gov. Jeb Bush, grandson of former President George H. Bush and nephew of former President George W. Bush, addressed a national conference of young Republicans and told them there is a rift in the party between fiscal conservatives and what he calls "D light" - Republicans who are trying to appeal to the political middle.

"There's some in our party that want to assume that government is the answer to all of our problems," Bush said. "I'm not going to name any names."

But he said in Florida, there were Republicans who have endorsed the recent $787 billion stimulus plan that Democratic President Barack Obama signed into law. Bush was referring to Republican Crist, who lobbied hard for the bill, including an appearance with Obama in Fort Myers.

"You know who I'm talking about," Bush said, as the crowd attending the Young Republican National Federation murmured and laughed a little tensely. "That's problematic. We as conservatives have to ultimately balance the federal government's checkbook."

Afterward, Bush said he doesn't think Crist is a fiscal conservative and that he may have hurt himself with some Republicans for his appearance with Obama and his support of the stimulus plan.

"That will be on his track record and people are going to remember that," Bush said, adding that Crist is running the risk of falling in the "D light" category of the party.

"There are numerous actions that I have seen legislatively that do not speak to a strong conservative, it speaks more to a moderate," Bush said. "That's fine, but when you run as a conservative and then you lead as a moderate, that's one thing that any leader would have to reconcile."

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 8:28pm]

    

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