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Jeb Bush tells Republicans to ‘stop acting stupid’ on immigration policy
The Hill ^ | 08/29/12 | Cameron Joseph

Posted on 08/29/2012 6:04:55 AM PDT by SharpRightTurn

TAMPA, Fla. — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) on Tuesday said Republicans aren’t going to close the gap with Hispanic voters until they “stop acting stupid.”

Bush said many Hispanic voters share the GOP’s commitment to faith, family and small government but have been alienated from the party by exclusionary rhetoric on immigration. But that, he said, is finally changing.

“I promise you this is where the conservative cause is going, and thank God it is,” he said to cheers at a lunch sponsored by the center-right Hispanic Leadership Network.

The advantage that Democrats have with Hispanics is a principal concern of Mitt Romney’s campaign. The GOP standard-bearer badly trails President Obama among the voting bloc, and if the numbers don’t improve, it could cost him the swing states of Colorado, Florida and Nevada — and perhaps the entire election.

Republicans moved aggressively this week to close the gap, arranging a speakers’ slate at the convention heavy on Republicans of Latino descent. The outreach from the podium is being reinforced with Spanish-language ads from the Romney campaign.

Bush, whose wife is Hispanic, told The Hill that while jobs and education are the most important issues for the Latino community, more inclusive language and policies would be “an important symbol that shows sensitivity” for their concerns.

He also warned, in Spanish, that if Asians and Latinos, the fastest-growing populations in the United States, didn’t feel comfortable in the party, “we’re going to lose elections.”

“That’s not opinion — that’s math,” he said.

Romney ran hard to the right on immigration during the primary, voicing his support for Arizona’s controversial immigration law and arguing that illegal immigrants would “self-deport” if the United States “turned off the magnets” of easily accessible jobs and in-state tuition.

He’s softened his rhetoric on immigration somewhat since but mostly avoided talking about it.

Some in the party aren’t backing down. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R), the author of the Arizona law and an informal adviser to the Romney campaign, pushed language into the official party platform that says laws like his should be “encouraged, not attacked” by the government. The platform advocates withholding federal funds from “sanctuary cities” and any universities that provide in-state tuition to undocumented immigrants.

A Romney campaign official downplayed the platform position and expressed confidence that they will reach their target of 38 percent support from Hispanics on Election Day.

“The platform that counts is Mitt Romney’s platform,” Romney Hispanic outreach head and former Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez told The Hill. “He’s got a son who speaks perfect Spanish. His warmth will connect with the Hispanic community. He’ll be doing a lot more events, a lot more advertising. They’ll know him a lot more. I think from here on, it’s on the way up.”

Romney launched a Spanish-language ad on Tuesday, and unlike previous commercials, it not only attacks President Obama’s economic policies but also promises to help Latinos battered by the dismal economy.

“I know how to revive the American Dream,” Romney says in English, with Spanish subtitles. “I will not let you down. I will work tirelessly to create more good-paying jobs, to reform the education system and to lower taxes.”

Romney has also agreed to participate in a forum with Univision, the country’s largest Spanish-language TV network.

Gutierrez said that Romney, who aside from a June speech at the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) has not talked much about immigration, was unlikely to address the issue in his convention speech.

“He may mention it, but he’s going to talk about the economy,” he said.

Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) said Romney’s NALEO speech was “great,” but only a start.

“I think he needs to do a lot more, and I think he will. It’s imperative. You cannot win a presidential election if you don’t get at least 35 percent of the Hispanic vote, and I think it’s important for him to get out there and go after it,” he told The Hill.

Al Cardenas, the head of the American Conservative Union and a Romney adviser, admitted the campaign’s 38 percent goal would be tough to reach, but he said Romney’s numbers with Latinos could improve. He said the candidate’s Thursday night convention speech could prove crucial to how much he narrows the gap.

“Frankly, he’s entered into this general election with a fairly empty canvas and the other side’s done a pretty good opportunity of maligning it,” Cardenas said.

“He’s got to use this convention as his opportunity to open the eyes of the Hispanic community, say, ‘I’m a caring person, I care about you and the needs of the Hispanic community, and here’s who I am.’ ”


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"Jeb Bush tells Republicans to ‘stop acting stupid’ on immigration policy"

George and Jeb: dumb and dumber.

"Bush, whose wife is Hispanic, told The Hill that while jobs and education are the most important issues for the Latino community, more inclusive language and policies would be “an important symbol that shows sensitivity” for their concerns."

Hey, Jeb--do us a favor and give a speech in Spanish to the Latino community that they can make "an important symbol that shows sensitivity" by dropping the demands for group Hispandering and instead say they just want to be Americans, not looked upon as a group that expects anything different from other Americans.

"He also warned, in Spanish, that if Asians and Latinos, the fastest-growing populations in the United States, didn’t feel comfortable in the party, “we’re going to lose elections.”"

If Republicans lose elections due to Latinos not voting for them it is because idiots like Jeb, his brother, and McCain have fought to import mass numbers of them here even though it was clear these illegal aliens had no interest in a limited constitutional republic.

1 posted on 08/29/2012 6:04:57 AM PDT by SharpRightTurn
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To: SharpRightTurn

Surrender Dorothy!


2 posted on 08/29/2012 6:07:04 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: SharpRightTurn

No more Bush’s.


3 posted on 08/29/2012 6:07:12 AM PDT by boomop1 (term limits will only save this country.)
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To: SharpRightTurn

He should be happy with Reverend La Raza Samuel Rodriguez giving the benediction at the convention.


4 posted on 08/29/2012 6:07:32 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: boomop1

Amen boomop1, Amen


5 posted on 08/29/2012 6:08:14 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Hey Mitt, F-you too pal)
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To: SharpRightTurn

Thanks, Jeb. Thanks a lot.

Hey! What about all the people from all over the world who are trying to enter the US legally?

So, just because these hispanic folk are here illegally, that’s a reason to make them legal?

What nonsense.


6 posted on 08/29/2012 6:08:23 AM PDT by RexBeach (Mr. Obama Can't Count.)
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To: SharpRightTurn

Hey Jeb,

What’s so hard about understanding the entire term - “ILLEGAL immigrant”?????

Just zip it bud... You’re irrelevant now.


7 posted on 08/29/2012 6:09:17 AM PDT by joethedrummer
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To: SharpRightTurn

There are 101 million white registered voters, there are only 14 million black and 14 million Hispanic registered voters. If whites unite on this issue and vote one party, illegal immigration amnesty no longer is an issue. Latinos and blacks vote as a bloc, why can’t white America. Whites have no one to blame but themselves.


8 posted on 08/29/2012 6:09:30 AM PDT by Fee
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To: SharpRightTurn

Enforce the law, repeal the law, or STFU Jeb.


9 posted on 08/29/2012 6:09:35 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (You didn't build that. The private sector is doing fine. We tried our plan and it worked.)
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To: SharpRightTurn

The Bush family makes me ill.


10 posted on 08/29/2012 6:10:04 AM PDT by Lets Roll NOW (A baby isn't a punishment, Obama is)
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To: SharpRightTurn

The Bushes need to GO AWAY!!!! Enough of them. They have had a grip on the Republican Party my entire adult life. I never want to hear or see them again.


11 posted on 08/29/2012 6:10:21 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: SharpRightTurn

Jeb Bush’s bleatings on the immigration issue are fingers on a chalkboard to me. I do not want to share the same political party with his kind.


12 posted on 08/29/2012 6:12:09 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: SharpRightTurn

I really hate this douchebag. In fact I think FReers should protest him at the RNC and boo him in his speech when he says this crap - lustily. As in, shut the speech down with boos until this creep gets flustered.


13 posted on 08/29/2012 6:12:35 AM PDT by montag813
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To: SharpRightTurn
Jeb Bush tells Republicans to ‘sell out’ on immigration policyGrampa Prescott sold out to the Nazis. Poppy sold out to the Socialists. We need to sell out to the illegal foreigners. It's the Bush way!
14 posted on 08/29/2012 6:13:39 AM PDT by Dr. Thorne (Democrats new name = The CSPT - The Communist/Satanic/Pervert/Treason Party)
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To: SharpRightTurn

Jeb Bush is perpetuating false stereotypes about the party himself and planting these ideas in “Latino voters” minds - that doesn’t exactly help, Jeb. People along the border coming home and finding their homes occupied by drug smugglers and human trafficking operations and aren’t comfortable with such a thing aren’t racists, Jeb...I doubt a majority of Latinos would be, either...rather than teaching Latinos he is just playing the Democrat playbook to attack his own party with false innuendo.


15 posted on 08/29/2012 6:14:03 AM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: SharpRightTurn

Not to worry Jeb...soon as he gets in he’ll have more “flexibility”.


16 posted on 08/29/2012 6:14:06 AM PDT by evad (It's a tax, it's a tax, it's a tax, It's a tax, it's a tax, it's a tax)
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To: SharpRightTurn

Juck Feb!


17 posted on 08/29/2012 6:14:52 AM PDT by JaguarXKE (If my Fluffy had a puppy, it would look like the puppy Obama ate!)
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To: SharpRightTurn

pandering to the invaders


18 posted on 08/29/2012 6:15:28 AM PDT by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: SharpRightTurn
in the words of Jesse Jackson(cant believe I am quoting him)

Stay Out The Bushes

19 posted on 08/29/2012 6:15:53 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: SharpRightTurn

Jeez! why not just give all we have to illegals. This issue does have something to do with the rule of law and protecting citizens..guess no one told JEB


20 posted on 08/29/2012 6:17:11 AM PDT by dalebert
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To: SharpRightTurn

Oh, Jeb ... just shut up. No, don’t just shut up: also go away.


21 posted on 08/29/2012 6:17:56 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Now a hit television series starring Judi Dench!)
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To: skeeter

The country is petty much done for now.

Some 30 million plus illegals is enough to create some 50 congressional districts and they don’t even need to vote to do it. Its pretty obvious that neither party has any intent to do anything and even FReepers are now screeching to shut up about immigration.


22 posted on 08/29/2012 6:18:13 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Republican Wildcat
IMO there is an attitude of entitlement among the Bushes, they are destined to rule and Jeb is setting the table for his son.

Of course he's irritated there are those of us who are complicating his family vision by our determination to see the law enforced.

23 posted on 08/29/2012 6:18:37 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: Vaquero

That was in 1992.

2012: Bushes, Stay Out!.............


24 posted on 08/29/2012 6:19:04 AM PDT by Red Badger (Anyone who thinks wisdom comes with age is either too young or too stupid to know the difference....)
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To: SharpRightTurn
Talk about acting stupidly Jeb. Or cowardly.


25 posted on 08/29/2012 6:19:47 AM PDT by McGruff (Support your local Republican candidates. They are our last line of defense.)
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To: SharpRightTurn
Combined with what happened yesterday, this is all part of a coordinated assault on the right by the GOP. Bush will not go away - he stands at the very epicenter of the party we're trying to attach the conservative movement to. It's his and Mitt's and Christy's and Boehner’s party. In four or eight years, the they will install him as the GOP’s next nominee, order conservatives to vote for the lesser of two evils and then shut up.

This is our future in the GOP.

26 posted on 08/29/2012 6:19:58 AM PDT by LaserJock
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To: SharpRightTurn

Jeb “Open Borders” Bush might need to follow Charlie Crist right on over to the party that supports his views.


27 posted on 08/29/2012 6:21:51 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: SharpRightTurn; AuntB; Liz; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; DoughtyOne; Gilbo_3; Impy; ...
RE :” Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) on Tuesday said Republicans aren’t going to close the gap with Hispanic voters until they “stop acting stupid.”
Bush said many Hispanic voters share the GOP’s commitment to faith, family and small government but have been alienated from the party by exclusionary rhetoric on immigration. But that, he said, is finally changing
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Bush, whose wife is Hispanic, told The Hill that while jobs and education are the most important issues for the Latino community, more inclusive language and policies would be “an important symbol that shows sensitivity” for their concerns.

Amnesty ping!

Speaking of stupid Jeb, your brother GW managed to get 99% of Hispanics to vote Dem after he started a civil war in the party over amnesty and after his (GWB) affordable housing initiatives resulted in massive for-closures in NV, AZ, NM and Florida, all high illegal alien states. Sure, some voted for GWB when they got those new houses they couldnt afford and eventually lost. That's all that counts right Jeb? One election?

28 posted on 08/29/2012 6:23:58 AM PDT by sickoflibs (Romney is still a liberal. Just watch him. (Obama-ney Care ))
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To: SharpRightTurn

Thank goodness he wasn’t the VP pick.


29 posted on 08/29/2012 6:24:09 AM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: TexasCajun

I don’t know why people are whining. Romney is no different on immigration.


30 posted on 08/29/2012 6:25:09 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: SharpRightTurn

Resorting to name calling...think how I tell you or you are stupid. Republicans will be acting stupidly if they don’t listen to American citizens, Not Jeb Bush.


31 posted on 08/29/2012 6:25:46 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: SharpRightTurn
REMEMBER THIS WOMAN JEB BUSH? TERRI SCHIAVO WAS MURDERED AND YOU SAT BACK AND DID NOTHING!!!! This jerk has the audacity to speak of faith and family when he could have stopped them from killing her. I could care less what this jerk has to say. TERRI will follow him the rest of his useless life!
32 posted on 08/29/2012 6:26:56 AM PDT by mardi59
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To: TexasCajun

He’s already in the party that supports his views.


33 posted on 08/29/2012 6:27:30 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: joethedrummer
By Jeb's reasoning, the GOP should also reach out to drunk drivers, people who abandon their pets and chronic jaywalkers too?

"Stay outta da Bushes!"

34 posted on 08/29/2012 6:29:56 AM PDT by atc23 (The Confederacy was the single greatest conservative resistance to federal authority ever.u)
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To: cripplecreek

exactly, if he is on the top of the ticket, we will get the same “get him in the white house, and then hold his feet to the fire” argument.

little do they know the rest of the liberal “big tent” that has infected the party already have his feet in a bucket of lava.

worry about it until after the election? “after” will never come, and hasn’t since Reagan.


35 posted on 08/29/2012 6:31:29 AM PDT by VAFreedom (maybe i should take a nap before work)
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To: SharpRightTurn

Was Jeb a C student like his older brother?


36 posted on 08/29/2012 6:32:02 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Corollary - Electing the same person over and over and expecting a different outcome is insanity)
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To: SharpRightTurn

We are telling Jeb to get lost.


37 posted on 08/29/2012 6:33:26 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: SharpRightTurn

Jeb Bush is a disgusting coward and a fraud, and the MSM is more than happy to allow him that latitude. He periodically pops his head up and blathers about how the GOP must “change its tone” on immigration and about how the party is “acting stupid”.

But he is never pinned down to make specific proposals because he and the MSM know that his specific proposals would cause an uproar and would damage his purpose of pretending to offer “wise” councel while being too cowardly to get to the details. Both Jebbie and the MSM are content to continue with the high minded criticism while avoiding the messy details.


38 posted on 08/29/2012 6:36:08 AM PDT by Will88
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To: SharpRightTurn

“Stay outa da Bushies”


39 posted on 08/29/2012 6:37:28 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: SharpRightTurn

Jeb should just switch parties, he has nothing good to say about republicans.


40 posted on 08/29/2012 6:40:08 AM PDT by sunny48
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To: SharpRightTurn
I think the differing views on illegal immigration result from class. If you were born with the “silver spoon” or currently have one firmly implanted in your face (aka Jeb, McCain, Graham), you tend to look down an the native lower class as lazy. As a result, you see these escapees from the Latin American lower class that are more diligent, and you think the opportunity here should go to them because they are willing to work for it. The problem is that the Democrats with some help from Republicans have created the safety net/hammock, but now they'd just as soon import the help to compensate for the indolence they created. Republicans like Jeb Bush seem to have little empathy for the native blue collar type. Democrats are smart. They've been importing a new lower class that leans their way, and have been converting the middleclass into government employess. Fiscally unsustainable, but like Christy said last night, they don't seem to care. We need a Reagan again that can connect with the blue collar crowd, strengthen their numbers in non-government jobs, and slam the door on these socialists being imported from the south.
41 posted on 08/29/2012 6:42:00 AM PDT by throwback (The object of opening the mind, is as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.)
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To: SharpRightTurn
Remember this four or eight years from now when the GOP and many folks here are telling everyone you gotta vote for Jeb...
42 posted on 08/29/2012 6:42:34 AM PDT by montanajoe (Blame Flame Shame or Beg I won't vote for R/R)
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To: SharpRightTurn

So how does one start a third, truly conservative, Party?

For 2016 (if we survive).


43 posted on 08/29/2012 6:42:59 AM PDT by LucianOfSamasota (Tanstaafl - its not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: Tax-chick
Oh, Jeb ... just shut up. No, don’t just shut up: also go away.

that

44 posted on 08/29/2012 6:45:04 AM PDT by tomkat
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To: SharpRightTurn
If we deported all the Illegal Aliens, then the number of Hispanics left in the US would probably not be worth pandering to...
45 posted on 08/29/2012 6:49:49 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Greed + Envy = Liberalism)
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To: SharpRightTurn

The Republican Party fought a bloody and brutal Civil War to keep the slaveholding states from separating from the union and keeping slavery.
A Republican President issued the Emancipation Proclamation.
The Republican Party freed the slaves by passing the 13th Amendment.
The Republican Party adopted the 14th and 15th Amendments which made the former slaves citizens and gave them voting rights.
Republicans in the House and Senate voted in large majorities (over 70%) to pass the 1964 Civil Rights Act and 1965 Voting Rights Act over strong Democrat opposition.
In 2006 Republican President G.W. Bush signed a 25 year extension of the Voting Rights Act, passed by large majorities of Republicans.

In 2008 African Americans voted 95% Democrat in the general election, perpetuating a decades old pattern of voting against the Republican Party candidates.

Mr. Bush, given the history with the African American voter why will giving amnesty to people illegally in the country ensure Hispanics vote for Republicans?


46 posted on 08/29/2012 6:55:44 AM PDT by Soul of the South
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To: dalebert

“This issue does have something to do with the rule of law and protecting citizens..guess no one told JEB”


There’s also a significant economic component to it. Many of our states simply cannot afford to “host” an endless stream of immigrants, legal or not. Their budgets are being strained to the max. Jeb says it’s about “the math” but he conveniently neglects to include the unsustainable financial impact on state budgets in that equation.


47 posted on 08/29/2012 6:57:31 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: Cowboy Bob

“Stupid is, as stupid does.” ~ Forrest Gump

Conservatives need to stop mincing words and start calling out the Bushes for who they are - liberal elitists who care more about their fortunes than about their country. Their failure to defend America’s border is every bit as dangerous for America’s future as Obama’s dalliance with islamists.


48 posted on 08/29/2012 6:58:41 AM PDT by littleharbour
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To: SharpRightTurn

Bigg Red says Jeb Bush should shut up and go away.


49 posted on 08/29/2012 6:59:05 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: SharpRightTurn

Remember all the misleading pols telling us how many people wanted this fool to run for president? Or maybe he’s in the mix for VP?
I am so sick of these politicians telling us how we need to ignore laws,pretend our borders don’t exist and basically supply welfare to Mexico in exchange for keeping our wages depressed. Oh thats right. I meant to say ignore the laws and it will all be better. Until the next time of course when they ask us to turn our heads again.


50 posted on 08/29/2012 6:59:20 AM PDT by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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