The major media attention today was on Jeb Bush at CPAC. There was a walkout and booing, but overall the reviews were positive.
Rich Lowry of National Review said Bush “was questioned on all the tough topics by Sean Hannity, and he emerged unscathed.”
David Freddoso of the Washington Examiner said, “Bush is especially strong in a question and answer session.”
The former Governor made the following 10 points:
1) He is against gay marriage. “I believe in traditional marriage.”
2) He is pro-life.
3) Common Core: “The federal government has no role in setting curriculum. They have no access to student information.” Education policy should be state-driven. Florida was the first state with a voucher program.
4) Immigration: Border security first, and then revamp legal immigration. His book argues against a path to citizenship.
5) Bush said he has a record cutting taxes. His top priorities include tax and regulatory reform.
6) He eliminated affirmative action.
7) We need to stop the Iran Nuclear Agreement. “There should be no daylight between us and Israel.”
8) “Romney was right about Russia and lots more and we need to re-engage in the world with a strong military. . . We need to create a protected zone for the Free Syrian Army.
9) “I’m a practicing, reform-minded conservative. I’ve actually done it.”
10) Republicans are good at opposing things but bad at “being for things.”
Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post wrote:
“Jeb Bush was very, very good at CPAC today … “Did Bush more than hold his own with an audience that was ready to embarrass him in front of every national reporter in the country? Yes.
“Bush was energetic and informed. He was up to the moment. He looked, in a word, presidential.
“This was a politician of conviction who had total command of who he was and what he believed. CPAC is a win for Bush — the first one in front of people who might actually vote in a Republican primary he’s had.”
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Gregg Hilton spent two decades as the Executive Director of the American Security Council. He is the former Executive Director of the Conservative Victory Fund, Director of Public Affairs for the National Republican Congressional Committee, and the Republican National Committee’s liaison to the White House Political Affairs Office during the Reagan Administration. He has authored columns for Human Events, and the Washington Post called him one of the eight leading activists in the New Right. A prolific fundraiser, Gregg lives in Washington, D.C.