Jeb Bush is the target of a conservative group that today released an online video arguing that the former Florida governor is "unelectable" because he gave Hillary Clinton an award for public service one year after the September 11, 2012 Benghazi attacks.
The one-minute video uses footage from a September 10, 2013 event at the National Constitution Center event in which the former secretary of State was honored with the group's Liberty Medal.
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In one video, which is titled, "Unelectable," Bush praises Clinton, saying they are "united by love of country and public service."
Bush was chairman of the Center when the award was given to Clinton.
"It's bad enough that Hillary Clinton will likely use footage from this event against any Republican nominee, but if Jeb Bush is her opponent she will make him look ridiculous," said For America Chairman Brent Bozell
in a press statement.
"As it stands, Jeb has absolutely no credibility to criticize her because he has already anointed her as a great public servant; and he inexplicably did so almost a year to the day of the Benghazi massacre. He will lose, and the public will have to suffer at least another four years of Obama's policies — and anything worse she has in store for America," Bozell added.
For America has an estimated 7.1 million members, according to the group.
In a June 2013 press release
announcing Clinton as the recipient of the 2013 Liberty Award, Bush lauds Clinton saying she "has dedicated her life to serving and engaging people across the world in democracy."
Previous recipients of the medal, which was established in 1988 to celebrate the bicentennial of the Constitution, include rock singer and human rights activist Bono, former South African President Nelson Mandela and former President Jimmy Carter.
The For America ad is the latest attack on Bush for some of his past actions.
Earlier this month, a Democratic group provided CNN
with 2013 comments made by Bush that he felt it was "ridiculous" that children who arrived in the United States illegally should not receive "an accelerated path" to citizenship.
The group also unearthed comments Bush made praising Florida Sen. Marco Rubio for his work on a bipartisan immigration reform bill, according to CNN.
Bozell argued that the remarks simply confirmed the doubts conservatives have about Bush's position on immigration.
"That thinking is utterly contrary to what grassroots Republicans believe. He is reflecting the viewpoint of the Chamber of Commerce and big business," he said, according to the CNN report.
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