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Jeb Bush, Rapper Pitbull Express Their Mutual Regards

By    |   Wednesday, 20 May 2015 04:40 PM

An unlikely mutual admiration society has sprung up between former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and hard-partying rapper Pitbull. And one of Bush's opponents for the 2016 Republican nomination, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, may be getting jealous.

But as to saying which candidate has his vote, Pitbull is playing hard to get.

Pitbull, whose real name is Armando Perez, told Howard Stern on Tuesday that he really enjoyed a joke Bush cracked about him.

Asked by Bush how he got his name, Pitbull replied, "I was on the way to a pitbull fight and a Dominican friend of mine was like, 'Yo, that should be your name. You're always out here fighting these guys and battling in rap and this.'

And Jeb goes, 'Well, good thing you weren't on the way to a cockfight,'" The Hill reports.

Pitbull told Stern he said to Bush, "Jeb, that was pretty slick."

Last month, when TMZ asked Bush who he would like to bring to a baseball game, he first said, "I'd bring Teddy Roosevelt because I’d love to talk to him about his…" before becoming distracted by autograph seekers.

Then he added, "The reason you like baseball is that you can have a conversation with people. Might want to have Pitbull, too."

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Rubio commented in an interview with GQ in 2012, "[Pitbull's] songs are all party songs. There's no message for him, compared to like an Eminem. But look, there's always been a role for that in American music. There's always been a party person, but he's a young guy. You know, maybe as he gets older, he'll reflect in his music more as time goes on. I mean, he's not Tupac. He's not gonna be writing poetry."

Rubio, a rap fan, even posted on Twitter in 2012:


"Pitbull has become a friend and someone from Miami we're very proud of," Rubio told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" in April and called him, "Mr. Worldwide."


Pitbull, however, said his mother and grandmother told him, "There’s two things you don’t speak about, which is politics and religion," The Hill reported.

"Me, personally, am I here to endorse anybody? No. I definitely hang out, and I love to learn from everybody and hear different conversations, and what’s going on. If there’s any way that I can help without getting involved in that political field, that to me is the best, I would say, solution, in our situation.

"No one’s contacted me asking for an endorsement. They’re just always reaching out, having a conversation. No one has come up front and said, 'Hey, we want you part of our political party or our campaign.'"

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