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Bush Questions Rubio's Leadership Skills: 'He Followed My Lead'

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By    |   Thursday, 01 October 2015 10:22 AM

At one time, Jeb Bush was Sen. Marco Rubio's mentor, but he said Thursday he doesn't think the younger lawmaker has the leadership skills needed to fix the country's problems.

"I think I have the leadership skills to fix things and that's my strength, that's what I talk about," the former Florida governor told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program. "Marco was a member of the House of Representatives when I was governor, and he followed my lead and I'm proud of that."

His comments on the morning program came a day after a remark he made to CNN's Dana Bash before a town hall meeting in New Hampshire.

"I'm a proven leader," he told Bash. "I disrupted the old order in Tallahassee. I relied on people like Marco Rubio and many others to follow my leadership, and we moved the needle."

On the Morning Joe program, Bush compared Rubio with President Barack Obama, saying that the senator's leadership skills and ability to fix problems aren't known, just like Obama's skills were unknown when he became president.

"Barack Obama didn't end up having them, and he won an election based on the belief people had that he could, and he didn't even try," said Bush.

Meanwhile, both Bush and Rubio are behind in the polls, and the former governor believes it's because people are angry with Washington, and with good reason, because Republicans haven't delivered what was promised.

But Bush also believes that even though his poll numbers are lower, he expects his work and upcoming advertising campaign will prove to voters that he is the conservative leader they're seeking.

"I've got to go tell my story which is what I do each and every day," he said. "We just started advertising literally two weeks ago. If you go to New Hampshire it will start breaking through when people see the ads and people say, 'wow, he did all this.' I can bring the same leadership skills to Washington."

Bush also addressed the growing issues behind Russian President Vladimir Putin's decision to conduct airstrikes in Syria, saying that the news that Russian bombs are hitting the Syrian Free Army rather than ISIS targets is "outrageous.'

"Instead of us creating a no fly zone, he's saying there's a no fly zone including the American Air Force," said Bush. "We're in a position where if we don't show strength this will create problems in the rest of the world."

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Bush said he thinks sanctions should be on the table with Syria, and he also thinks it's wrong that the Russian bombings have stopped France and Germany's offer to engage militarily.

"Then on our side, we have Donald Trump saying refugees need to be sent back," Bush said, referring to comments the GOP race front-runner made to CNN's Don Lemon Wednesday night.

"This is not an America that will create peace and security," said Bush about Trump's comments. "American values matter and American's strength matters and both are at risk because of what's going on."

Also on the program, Bush criticized Trump's tax plan, saying it is "not a serious plan," even if it does mirror some of his own proposals.

"Mine's better because it's focused on growth," said Bush, who complained that on taxes and other issues, Trump isn't "offering serious proposals."

"He's a talent for sure," said Bush. "He can disparage someone as good as anybody can get. I think in the long haul people are going to realize sitting behind the big desk requires more than just insults."

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At one time, Jeb Bush was Sen. Marco Rubio's mentor, but he said Thursday he doesn't think the younger lawmaker has the leadership skills needed to fix the country's problems.
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Thursday, 01 October 2015 10:22 AM
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