Jeb Bush In Response To Criticism From The Christian Right: I’ll Do Just Fine With Them During The Presidential Race…
Via Business Insider:
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) says he’ll do just fine when it comes to evangelical Christian voters in the presidential race.
“I have a record as governor; I don’t have to talk about things. I actually acted on my core beliefs both as it relates to traditional marriage, which I support, and the sanctity of life, which I acted on on numerous occasions,” he told Fox News Channel’s Brian Kilmeade during a radio interview on Thursday.
Bush was responding to a recent New York Times article detailing how evangelical Christian activists are “unhappy” with his expected White House bid and are looking for a suitable alternative as a potential Republican presidential nominee.
The article quotes major leaders in the conservative Christian movement, including Family Research Council head Tony Perkins, activist David Lane, and Gary Bauer, a former Reagan official who once led the Family Research Council himself. The three leaders said the conservative community is hoping to coalesce around a suitable candidate but they were not quoted explicitly criticizing the potential of Bush wining the GOP nomination.
For his part, Bush went out of his way to praise Perkins in his Thursday radio interview.
“Look, I have a lot of respect for Tony and his group. I talk to him, I have an open dialogue with him,” he said.
At another point in the conversation, Bush said he doesn’t even read The Times.
“I don’t read The New York Times, to be honest with you,” he said. (Some Times reporters were skeptical of that claim.)