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Jeb Bush says GOP should attract black voters with message, not 'free stuff'



Jeb Bush said Thursday the GOP should try to attract black voters with a message of “hope and aspiration” and not offering “free stuff,” a line that Democrats seized on and drew comparisons to Mitt Romney.

"Our message is one of hope and aspiration," Bush said Thursday night in South Carolina. "It isn't one of division and get in line and we'll take care of you with free stuff. Our message is one that is uplifting, that says you can achieve earned success."

The liberal group American Bridge circulated video of Bush’s remarks and played up comparisons to something Romney said in 2012. Bush in South Carolina also explained why he speaks Spanish sometimes, telling the mostly white audience not to be offended.

UPDATE: Bush campaign spokeswoman Allie Brandenburger: "In his speech to the National Urban League, Jeb laid out his record of promoting policies that foster opportunity for everyone from school choice to economic growth to restorative justice. Jeb is running a campaign that will not cede any issue, voter or demographic group because he has a vision for the future that can unite Americans behind restoring people’s ability to rise up and achieve their dreams. The Democrats are creating attacks where they don’t exist because they know their policies have failed the tens of millions stuck in poverty and they fear Jeb’s positive message of expanding opportunity for everyone. Even in their shameful first attack ad they went as far as to politicize 9/11, proving how far they will go to avoid Jeb, and the issues.

[Last modified: Friday, September 25, 2015 1:32pm]


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