Jeb Bush diverts from his famous political family on one score — he's a converted Catholic and they are protestants, but both have been open about how their faith traditions have impacted their public lives, The New York Times reported
The likely 2016 GOP presidential candidate has not been hesitant to discuss the importance of his religion to bring peace to his day-to-day life but also to guide his political career, the Times noted.
He has addressed his faith publicly, noting in 2009 at a conference in Italy: "As a public leader, one's faith should guide you. In the United States, many people think you need to keep your faith, put it in a security box, if you're an elected official — put it in a safety deposit box until you finish your service as a public servant and then you can go get it back. I never felt that was appropriate."
Bush, the former Florida governor, converted to Catholicism in 1995 after an early political loss strained his marriage to his Mexican-born — and also Catholic — wife Columba. He raised his family in the church and is known to carry a Rosary and finger its beads in times of stress, the Times noted.
During his time in Tallahassee, he would pray the Rosary with statehouse employees and he attended a local Catholic church.
Bush continues to be seen attending mass with family members at the Church of the Little Flower in his home of Coral Gables, near Miami.
"It gives me a serenity, and allows me to think clearer," Bush told the Times as he left a service one Sunday. "It's made me a better person."
A friend of technology and using email to communicate, even to media, Bush continues to tweet and re-tweet messages from Pope Francis, Bloomberg noted
Bush's faith is now on display as he takes his moderate political message to GOP supporters including his party's evangelical wing — a group he must court to coalesce around his candidacy in a primary race, The Wall Street Journal said
Evangelicals' power at the ballot box can't be understated as Bush kicks off a 2016 campaign in earnest, the Journal added, noting that "evangelicals made up a majority of the vote in two of the earliest GOP contests in 2012, according to entrance or exit polls. Voters who identified themselves as white and born again made up 56 percent of the vote in the Iowa caucus and 64 percent in the South Carolina primary."
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