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Jeb Bush hints at 2016 run, talks up faith in his only commencement address this year
Washington Post ^ | 05/17/2014 | Robert Costa

Posted on 05/22/2014 8:20:57 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

In his lone commencement address of the year, former Florida governor Jeb Bush urged students at a Christian liberal arts college Saturday to reaffirm their socially conservative values, a sign that he is underscoring his own as he considers running in the 2016 Republican presidential primaries.

“Remain true to your convictions and your faith,” Bush said, speaking at Grove City College in northwestern Pennsylvania. “This may seem a little challenging today, where we have a federal government that is willingly violating the religious freedom of its citizens. But we don’t have to accept it.”

Dropping a possible hint about his thinking regarding a White House bid, Bush said “if you feel inspired to serve your fellow citizens, don’t let the ugliness of politics keep you from pursuing public office. There is always room for informed, engaged, passionate leaders at every level of government.”

People close to Bush have said his major concern about running is navigating today’s messy spectacle of Twitter wars and super PAC attacks. In January, Bush said, “The decision will be based on, ‘Can I do it joyfully?’ because I think we need to have a candidate to lift our spirits.”

But in a speech delivered to an audience full of evangelical Christians, it was the passages on faith that deviated most from Bush’s frequent talks to Republican and corporate audiences on education and immigration. The speech also comes as other potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates such as Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.) and Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) are visiting with pastors in key early primary states and planning speeches to religious groups.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2014commencements; bush2014; bush2016; commencement; grovecity; grovecitycollege; highereducation; jebbush; nomorebushes; president; stayoutdabushes

1 posted on 05/22/2014 8:20:57 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Terry Schiavo was unavailable for comments.


2 posted on 05/22/2014 8:22:14 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (100% pure organic, free-range conservative)
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To: SeekAndFind

Nothing like “talking up” a dead faith.


3 posted on 05/22/2014 8:23:30 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: SeekAndFind

Bushes are entitled.


4 posted on 05/22/2014 8:27:35 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: SeekAndFind
…I'll say it again: I would make a better presidential candidate than Jeb.
5 posted on 05/22/2014 8:28:09 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: SeekAndFind

In the immortal words of Eric Cartman, will somebody put this a**hole out of his misery?


6 posted on 05/22/2014 8:29:33 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: SeekAndFind

Well he’d better figure it out, liberals such as he, cannot run with faith as a message


7 posted on 05/22/2014 8:30:05 PM PDT by stanne
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

I’m sure Jeb describes that as an ‘act of love’ as well.


8 posted on 05/22/2014 8:30:22 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: SpaceBar

Send him to some other nation to be a polly-tician.

Put him out of OUR misery.


9 posted on 05/22/2014 8:30:59 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: SeekAndFind

This is the guy who said, “I’ll govern like Lyndon Johnson.”


10 posted on 05/22/2014 8:31:24 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: F15Eagle

covert workplace “non violence”.....


11 posted on 05/22/2014 8:31:57 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: SeekAndFind

If you’re not living the faith, you don’t have the faith. I have yet to hear that Jeb Bush ever really went to church at any point in time.


12 posted on 05/22/2014 8:34:06 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: SeekAndFind

Stay outta da Bushes.


13 posted on 05/22/2014 8:35:38 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: SeekAndFind

This is a joke, right?


14 posted on 05/22/2014 8:42:32 PM PDT by Fungi
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Good comment.


15 posted on 05/22/2014 8:44:13 PM PDT by MichaelCorleone (Jesus Christ is not a religion. He's the Truth.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Can we have candidates from families besides Bushes and Clintons to run for president, please?

In a country of over 300 million, are the best each party has to offer just coincidentally related to past presidents?


16 posted on 05/22/2014 8:45:33 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: SeekAndFind
Bush said, “The decision will be based on, ‘Can I do it joyfully?’ because I think we need to have a candidate to lift our spirits.”

All we need is some Bush Xanax? Sorry. Happy talk from a demagogue is not the answer to our problems.

17 posted on 05/22/2014 8:46:49 PM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: SeekAndFind

If he wants to lose that badly let him run and take his place in the legacy of losers the Pub-E(stablishment) contenders for POTUS are known for - Bush 41, Bob “Let’s make a deal” Dole, John McLame, and Mitt Romney.


18 posted on 05/22/2014 8:50:53 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: SeekAndFind
People close to Bush have said his major concern about running is navigating today’s messy spectacle of Twitter wars...

19 posted on 05/22/2014 8:54:06 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (You can't be passive and moral.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Is anybody here excited about Bush running for president?

I can think of some candidates I would be eager to see run. Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz, maybe someone such as Alan West.

But Jeb Bush is not such a candidate for me.


20 posted on 05/22/2014 8:57:25 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: SeekAndFind

If he’s the nominee I’m afraid that,as an act of love,I’ll be writing myself in as my choice for President.


21 posted on 05/22/2014 8:59:05 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Rat Party Policy:Lie,Deny,Refuse To Comply)
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To: SeekAndFind

So no no matter who he ran against if he got the nod.


22 posted on 05/22/2014 8:59:11 PM PDT by Manic_Episode (GOP = The Whig Party)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

I’ll never forget.

I knew then we were done as a nation on that day.


23 posted on 05/22/2014 9:04:02 PM PDT by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: F15Eagle

Love, and to run “joyfully”....

Gack! He must be speaking to his Democrat voting block, using these boy king terms. No conservative can buy into that touchy feely stuff at a time like this.


24 posted on 05/22/2014 9:09:36 PM PDT by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Jebbie, save your cash. No more Booshies.


25 posted on 05/22/2014 9:11:30 PM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: Gay State Conservative

There are very few things that could induce me to vote for hillary...


26 posted on 05/22/2014 9:19:37 PM PDT by GilesB
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To: Fiji Hill

I’m still trying to figure his L B J remarks out. Using Pres. Johnson as a model of governance makes him look so very dated and out of touch.


27 posted on 05/22/2014 9:29:15 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: lee martell
Using Pres. Johnson as a model of governance makes him look so very dated and out of touch.

And stupid.

28 posted on 05/22/2014 9:30:28 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Dilbert San Diego
Is anybody here excited about Bush running for president?

I suppose if you count being excited about the opportunity to vote for whoever is running against him as being 'excited'...

29 posted on 05/22/2014 9:59:51 PM PDT by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: SeekAndFind

“if you feel inspired to serve your fellow citizens” take a trip to Mexico, they will love you there.


30 posted on 05/22/2014 10:00:12 PM PDT by DaxtonBrown (http://www.futurnamics.com/reid.php)
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To: SeekAndFind

Here’s my vote Jeb.

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No more bushes, no more clintons, no more “dynasties”. We need to throw all the “career” types out on their asses across the spectrum; they have forgotten who they work for.


31 posted on 05/22/2014 10:04:49 PM PDT by Ghost of SVR4 (So many are so hopelessly dependent on the government that they will fight to protect it.)
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To: SeekAndFind

32 posted on 05/22/2014 10:08:17 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2Million USD for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Neither was Michael Schiavo.


33 posted on 05/22/2014 10:34:14 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: SeekAndFind

Jeb Bush murdered Terri Schiavo.


34 posted on 05/22/2014 10:41:50 PM PDT by Arthur McGowan
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To: SeekAndFind

This is ridiculous. This makes no sense whatsoever. Another Bush this soon is a non-starter. And apparently Rubio has been “told” not to run to allow for Bush if the recent articles are accurate.


35 posted on 05/22/2014 11:19:04 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: SeekAndFind

The Bush’s are nothing more than the top 1% of the elites. They never see the damage their policies do to the American people, culture and future. I despise them. I wish they would go away.


36 posted on 05/23/2014 2:31:29 AM PDT by raybbr (Obamacare needs a death panel.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

I wonder where the BDS defense league on FR is these days?


37 posted on 05/23/2014 2:34:13 AM PDT by raybbr (Obamacare needs a death panel.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Jeb is a RINO and NO different than his brother George.
NO to the Bush’s, No to the Klintoons.


38 posted on 05/23/2014 2:38:20 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) obammy lied and lied and lied)
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To: OneWingedShark
…I'll say it again: I would make a better presidential candidate than Jeb.

Almost ALL Freepers would make a MUCH better presidential candidate than Jeb!
39 posted on 05/23/2014 6:32:47 AM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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