Jeb Bush helps honor Hillary Clinton but keeps a safe distance
WASHINGTON — Jeb Bush tried to seem bemused Tuesday evening as he helped present a public service award to Hillary Clinton. “I’m not sure what people expect will happen here tonight,” he said.
Oh, but the political waves that rolled off the stage in Philadelphia: Political icons with eagerly awaited next chapters projecting bipartisanship and sharing a few laughs while not getting too close. And for Bush, enduring harsh criticism of the GOP’s right wing for even showing up.
“Hillary and I come from different political parties, and we disagree about lots of things, but we agree on the wisdom of the American people — especially those in Iowa and New Hampshire and South Carolina,” the former Florida Republican governor joked, referring to the states he and Clinton would compete in if they enter the 2016 presidential race.
Clinton was honored with the National Constitution Center’s Liberty Medal for her public service and ongoing advocacy efforts on behalf of women. “We are drawn here today by a common purpose,” Bush said, going on to extoll the values of the Constitution.
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