Jeb: W Wasn’t Aggressive Enough In Reigning In Spending

Republican presidential candidate and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush stated that his brother, former President George W. Bush “didn’t control the Republican Congress’ spending” on Tuesday’s broadcast of CBS’ “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”

Jeb was asked, “in what ways do you politically differ from your brother, George?” After Jeb joked that he was “younger,” and “much better looking,” Colbert asked if there were any policy differences.

Jeb responded, “I think my brother probably didn’t control the Republican Congress’ spending. I think he should have brought the hammer down on the Republicans when they were spending way too much, because our brand is limited government. You know, you can take care of people, the most — the people that need to be in the front of the line, the development[ally] disabled, people that are really struggling. That’s a core value of our party, but we shouldn’t spend so much money on everything else. And that’s what we were doing in the last three or four years of my brother’s tenure. He didn’t veto things. He didn’t bring order, fiscal restraint.”

Colbert then asked, “the way you differ from your brother, George, is that he was not conservative enough?” Jeb answered, “On spending. Look, they call me Veto Corleone in Florida, because I vetoed 2,500 separate line items in the budget.”

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