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Jeb Bush didn't always question Marco Rubio's experience



Jeb Bush on MSNBC's Morning Joe continue his light criticism of Marco Rubio, likening to him an untested leader a la Barack Obama.

“I think I have the leadership skills to fix things and that's my strength and that's what I talk about and Marco was a member of the House of Representatives when I was governor and he followed my lead and I'm proud of that,” Bush said. 
Right. But you don't think he has the leadership skills to fix things? 
"It's not -- No. Barack Obama didn't end up having them and he won an election based on the belief that people had that he could and he didn't even try."

In 2012, Bush didn’t seem to have reservations as he pushed Rubio for VP. Here is an exchange with Charlie Rose from 2012:

Marco has enough preparation to be one heartbeat away from the presidency?

"I believe so. Look, he has more experience than Barack Obama had when he ran, more practical experience. And certainly got the intellectual acumen and the fortitude to be a good president. And I have a special place in my heart for him, it’s hard to describe the pride I feel for his incredible success, and how well he has moved into the job of being United State Senator with humility, not trying to be an arrogant guy, to learn the trade if you will. He’s got great people in Washington, I really admire him."

[Last modified: Thursday, October 1, 2015 3:07pm]


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