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Ex-Sen. LeMieux: Bush Family Name Not a Liability for Jeb

By    |   Friday, 03 October 2014 04:07 PM

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush should run for president in 2016 — and with every confidence that his family's name is no longer mud in politics, says fellow Floridian and former Republican Sen. George S. LeMieux.

"He's absolutely the right guy at the right time," the lawyer, political analyst and eponymous head of the LeMieux Center for Public Policy at Palm Beach Atlantic University told "MidPoint" host Ed Berliner on Newsmax TV Friday.

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LeMieux said that the controversial presidency of older brother George W. Bush will not drag down Jeb Bush if he seeks and wins the GOP presidential nomination in 2016.

"Those of us in politics may think it’s a liability, but we’re a country that had 'Rocky V,' right?" said LeMieux. "We like the return of things that we know, and the Bush brand is very strong.

"His father [President George H.W. Bush] is now, in hindsight, thought to have been a great president, and I really also don't think it’s going to matter because there's going to be a Clinton on the other side," he said, alluding to former secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who last occupied the White House as first lady.

LeMieux laid out a case for Bush based on the ex-governor's executive experience running a large, diverse state, and his depth on issues — immigration and education — that Democrats think they own.

"We don’t need more legislators running the country — we’ve seen that with Barack Obama," said LeMieux. "So someone who’s run a big, complex state like Florida — the third largest state in the country now, passing New York in population. Someone who understands the importance of diversity."

As a governor who regularly criss-crossed sprawling Florida, Bush would be prepared for a nationwide campaign, said LeMieux. He also said Bush's fluency in Spanish and his comfort level with Hispanic voters — a growing factor in Florida elections — aids a party that has struggled to attract minorities.

"And most imporantly," said LeMieux, "he's a guy who has the courage of his convictions.

"I’ve served with him and I know that he could be a great president, so I sure hope he runs."

Turning to the state's current governor, Republican Rick Scott, LeMieux said that a tight re-election race against Democratic challenger Charlie Crist could come down to voters picking the person they dislike the least.

"Rick Scott is not a typical politician," LeMieux said of the former healthcare executive.

"He did not work his way up. He sort of doesn’t have the gift of gab that a lot of politicians do.

"But the people of Florida realize that our economy is doing a lot better, and whether they want to have a beer with Rick Scott or not, they know that as a CEO he’s been working every day with a laser focus to bring jobs to Florida," he said.



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