Jeb Bush takes not-so-subtle shot at Ted Cruz

Jeb BushFormer Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is beginning to act a lot like a candidate running for office. A candidate intent on separating himself from what could be a crowded field in pursuit of the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.

Bush sat down with CBN News chief political correspondent David Brody on Friday in an interview to be aired Monday on The 700 Club, and was asked what he thinks of fellow Republican Sen. Ted Cruz.

His response was a not-so-subtle shot at the first term senator from Texas.

“He’s very articulate,” Bush responded. “He was a great candidate and he’s starting out here. He’s deciding right now, I think, what path he wants to take. I’m for solutions.”

The comment plays off remarks Bush made Friday at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s “Road to Majority” conference in Washington, D.C., where he said Republicans lost in 2012 “because our brand is perceived to be tarnished, to be reactionary, to be too negative rather than hopeful and positive.”

As radio talk show titan Rush Limbaugh stated Friday on his show, the word “reactionary” can be interpreted as “a code word used by people who aren’t conservative to taint us as extremists.” A sentiment any member of the tea party will instantly recognize.

In continuing his response on Cruz, Bush implied that the freshman senator is more about complaining than about offering “creative solutions” to solve our problems:

“To me, being able to use your skills to solve problems should be the focus for everybody in elected office today because our systems are broken. They’re not working and to point out the fact that they’re broken is one thing.  To actually find creative solutions in a divided country to solve them is what we ought to be focused on. So Senator Cruz is gifted and he can play a constructive role in that regard.

For those paying attention, the line between ‘establishment Republicans’ and the true conservatives of the party could not be more distinct than it is today.

In the same interview, Bush said former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton “is a formidable force on the left. I wouldn’t discount her ability to make a difference and certainly she will be the frontrunner if she decides to run for president.”


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