1. Jobs — Florida added more than 1.3 million jobs under Bush, a huge boom compared to other states on both an absolute and per-capita basis. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that, in comparison, Texas added 2.25 million jobs during Rick Perry’s 14 years as governor, and Wisconsin added 162,000 jobs during Scott Walker’s first four-year term, The Des Moines Register reported.
2. Unemployment — Florida’s unemployment rate was only 3.4 percent when Bush left office in 2007, a full point below the national average, according to CNN.
3. Taxes — Bush has never signed Grover Norquist’s “no new tax” pledge, but did slash Florida’s taxes by $19 billion, offering sales tax holidays, cutting emissions fees, and reducing investor taxes, among other things.