WMUR: Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks at Politics and Eggs event (VIDEO) As originally appearing in WMUR
BY RAY BREWER
MANCHESTER, N.H. —Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush spoke before a packed house Friday at St. Anselm College.
The potential Republican presidential candidate addressed a crowd at a Politics and Eggs event at the Institute of Politics. He acknowledged that voters might be wary of electing another Bush for president.
“It’s a little different story than that of my brother and my dad,” he said.
The governor left little doubt about in which direction he would lead the country.
“We need to embrace conservative principles,” he said. “Not just talk about them, but apply them in a way that gives people hope again.”
He said that one way to do that is ensure everyone has a good education.
“If we’re serious about making sure that we have high sustained economic growth where more people have a chance at earned success, then we better fix this,” he said.
Bush gave a wide-ranging talk on everything from the tax code — which he said he would simplify — to immigration — in which he said the borders must first be secured, and a process must be created for those who are here illegally.
“You get a provisional work permit, you work, you pay taxes, you pay a fine, you learn English, you don’t commit crimes, and you earn, over an extended period of time, legal status,” he said.
Bush said the country needs a change in leadership to fix dysfunction in Washington.
“The kind of leadership where you, instead of demonizing someone or tearing us apart, that you try to have the patience and the humility to be able to draw people together,” he said.
While he’s not officially a candidate, Bush said he is enjoying the campaign trail.
“I love the intensity of this, and the fact that New Hampshire voters are really well informed, and they are fun to be with,” he said.
Bush said that if he gets into the race, he plans to hold a lot of unscripted events because he wants to show people what’s in his heart, and that’s the best way to do it.