For months, Governor Jeb Bush (R) has been a frontrunner in a race he hadn’t officially joined.
That all changed this week, when the brother of George joined the family business: running for President. With name recognition taken care of, the campaign will have to focus on another task — uniting all wings of the Republican Party around the once popular governor.
As far as social conservatives are concerned, there’s a lot to like about Jeb, including his support for natural marriage, which he reiterated as recently as yesterday on “Hannity.” Like every GOP candidate, he believes the issue should be decided by the states — not unelected judges.
“I believe in traditional marriage,” he told Sean. “I hope the Supreme Court rules that way.” Although he wasn’t incredibly out front on the issue as Governor, he recognizes that the overwhelming majority of conservatives agree that same-sex “marriage” isn’t a constitutional right and has increasingly made an effort to speak out on the subject.
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The largest concerns for social conservatives have been the same-sex “marriage” advocates the governor has hired in prominent campaign issues — but so far, they haven’t succeeded in changing Jeb’s positions.
As Florida Governor, Bush was probably best remembered by pro-lifers for having the feeding tube reinstated in the Terri Schindler Schiavo case. He also required that parents be notified before minor girls have an abortion and created the state’s “Choose Life” license plates. During his term, he signed a law allowing the state’s health care agency to write regulations for abortion facilities that perform second-trimester abortions, saying he hoped “to create a culture of life in our state.”
On religious liberty, Bush — like many of the candidates — have been outspokenly supportive. Jeb agreed with the original Indiana RFRA, has thrown his support behind Hobby Lobby and Little Sisters of the Poor in the health care mandate, and has attacked Secretary Hillary Clinton’s record on the issue.
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