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Jeb Bush will skip GOP convention in Cleveland



Jeb Bush will not attend the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, his spokeswoman said Tuesday.

"Governor Bush has no plans at this time to attend the Convention," Kristy Campbell said in an email. 

CNN earlier reported that Bush flatly said "no" when asked, joining a list of other Republicans taking a pass on what is likely to be a wild convention.

Bush gave a speech at the 2012 convention in Tampa -- an address that amounted to a defense of his brother.

“He is a man of integrity, courage, and honor, and during incredibly challenging times, he kept us safe," Bush said. "So, Mr. President, it is time to stop blaming your predecessor for your failed economic policies. You were dealt a tough hand, but your policies have not worked. In the fourth year of your presidency, a real leader would accept responsibility for his actions, and you haven’t done it. Now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, let’s talk a little bit about our kids and education.”

[Last modified: Tuesday, April 12, 2016 5:44pm]


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