Jeb Bush came out again on the side of common sense and pragmatic leadership when he addressed The Wall Street Journal CEO Council annual meeting (see Jeb Bush details political vision at The Hill). Noting that the GOP nominee should “lose the primary to win the general without violating your principles,” he expanded on that:
He said voters are looking for an “uplifting, much more positive message.”
Bush’s apparent strategy not to try to appeal to the most conservative elements of the party contrasts to some degree with Mitt Romney’s 2012 campaign, where some questioned whether he tacked too far to the right in the primary, hurting his ability to get back toward the center for the general election.
Bush went on to add:
He said he opposed President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, but said Republicans should act on the issue “rather than have their heads explode.”
Economic needs should be the priority when allowing in new immigrants, Bush said, as opposed to uniting families.
He also called for an end to votes to repeal ObamaCare, in favor of putting forward Republican alternatives.
“We don’t have to make a point any more as Republicans,” he said. “We have to actually show that we can, in an adult-like way, we can govern, lead.”
That’s a reasonable approach at a time when the political atmosphere in this country is extremely polarizing.