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Jeb Bush Promises GOP Immigration Reform To Spanish-Speaking Media

Jeb Bush Promises GOP Immigration Reform To Spanish-Speaking Media

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A great many Republican House and Senate candidates may be staying away from talking immigration,  or immigration reform this cycle, but not Jeb Bush. A funny thing happened on Jeb’s recent visit to Colorado to stump for Republican Cory Gardner in his race against Democrat Mark Udall.

Or, maybe it was three funny things. Bush didn’t seem to know, or at least have much to say about Colorado at an event in Castle Rock.

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In his five-minute address, Bush talked mostly about the country and not the state, and said Republicans could create “high sustained economic growth.”

Jeb also used the event to take a swipe at … well, not Gardner’s opponent Udall, despite the close race, he went after Hillary Clinton, instead. He also shifted into Spanish for a bit for a comment on immigration, a topic he apparently elaborated on to Spanish language media at another event.

In a possible preview of a 2016 presidential race, former Florida governor Jeb Bush took a swipe at Hillary Clinton on Wednesday evening as he stumped for Republican candidates in the vital swing state of Colorado.

The constitution requires Congress to pass laws, not the president,” Bush said in Spanish, contrasting that with some Latin American strongmen’s ability to implement laws by fiat. If Obama acts unilaterally on immigration, Bush warned, “it will be harder to do it the appropriate way.”

The earlier Hispanic Chamber of Commerce meeting appears to be getting somewhat less coverage than the Castle rock event. Even Fox News Latino gave it only passing notice, though some might find a potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate coming out of the gate promising immigration reform might be newsworthy..

Bush is fluent in Spanish and seen by many Republicans as his party’s best candidate to reach out to the fast-growing Hispanic population, which is trending Democratic. 

But the biggest waves Bush caused came in the evening, at a rally for the Republican ticket at a county fairground in the conservative Denver suburb of Castle Rock.

Jeb’s comments to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce may leave more conservative Republicans wondering if they can count on a Jeb Bush led GOP to pass an immigration reform bill to their liking. Whatever the case, he doesn’t seem to be leading with it when speaking primarily to English language outlets and audiences.

Bush is fluent in Spanish and seen by many Republicans as his party’s best candidate to reach out to the fast-growing Hispanic population, which is trending Democratic. Earlier Wednesday, he appeared with Gardner and Beauprez at Denver’s Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, where he took questions from Spanish-language media about immigration.

The former Florida governor warned against President Barack Obama’s expected executive action to limit deportations, promised for some time shortly after the election. Instead, Bush said Congress needs to pass a bill and that a newly Republican Congress would solve the nation’s immigration woes — although the Republican-controlled House refused to vote on a major immigration bill this year.

“The constitution requires Congress to pass laws, not the president,” Bush said in Spanish, contrasting that with some Latin American strongmen’s ability to implement laws by fiat. If Obama acts unilaterally on immigration, Bush warned, “it will be harder to do it the appropriate way.”


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