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Jeb Bush Keeps Focus on General Election, Not Early Primaries

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By    |   Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 07:59 AM

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is spending a significant amount of time in states that are of importance in the general election, sacrificing time in early primary states in a signal that he is already looking toward the general election.

According to The Washington Post, while Bush is making his way through Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina, he has already visited Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Massachusetts, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Tennessee, California, and New York to raise money, give speeches, or host campaign-style events.

During his visit to Ohio on Tuesday, Bush was the keynote speaker at an annual meeting of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce where he talked about his plans to reshape the American economy.

He also talked about immigration and the importance of strengthening the U.S.-Mexico border while "expanding dramatically" the number of "economic immigrants" allowed into the country, but he did not discuss illegal immigration.

"Fixing the broken immigration system would be part of an economic strategy," Bush said, according to the Post. "It would be as though we would have the chance of having the first half a million first-round draft picks.

"We're the Tampa Bay Bucs and we've got the first round draft pick, but then we've got 500,000 more and we've got it every year. Don't you think we would grow more dramatically if we were strategic on how we dealt with immigration?"

Bush also talked about his intention to avoid attacking his GOP opponents.

"You can win a primary in a deeply disaffected country by scraping the bark off of anyone who gets in your way, but that's not the way to get to the main event and get a chance of winning there," he said. "There's a lot of good people and everybody's going to have a different approach and a different idea."

And he didn't shy away from talking about his family, acknowledging that his fourth grandchild was born Monday and how the diversity of his wife's background shaped his time as governor.

"A lot of people fear diversity or feel it's different and they get a little uncomfortable with it," Bush said. "If you're living in Miami, you'd better be comfortable with it, because it's a very diverse place.

"Florida in general is what the future of the country looks like. So, I don't know — first and foremost, the greatest thing about being married to my wife is that I love her. I don't wake up and think, 'Wow, we're a multi-whatever.' I think, I'm blessed to be married to Columba and hopefully she thinks that more or less with me."

Bush is scheduled to visit Louisiana and Mississippi this week before going to New Hampshire, the Post reported.

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is spending a significant amount of time in states that are of importance in the general election, sacrificing time in early primary states in a signal that he is already looking toward the bigger prize.
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