Low Blow? Jeb Bush Compared Marco Rubio to Obama

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Florida Senator Marco Rubio has gained some traction in the polls in recent weeks because of his strong performance in the most recent GOP debate, with pundits praising his eloquent speaking style and his solid grasp on the issues. However, former Flordia Governor Jeb Bush has taken some credit for Rubio’s success, suggesting in an interview that Rubio merely followed in the footsteps he made as a leader.

Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush
Rubio and Bush together back in 2012 – Photo by Vallery Jean/FilmMagic

Bush gave an interview to CNN’s Dana Bash in which he compared the trajectory of Rubio, a relative newcomer on the national stage, to the young political career of President Barack Obama. “In fact, he’s been the greatest, most divisive president in modern history,” he said. “What we need is someone with proven leadership to fix things, and I believe I have those skills.”

“I’m a proven leader,” Bush continued. “I disrupted the old order in Tallahassee. I relied on people like Marco Rubio and many others to follow my leadership and we moved the needle.” While Bush served as governor of Florida, Rubio was the state’s Speaker of the House and has often referred to Bush as a mentor figure. They are both fluent in Spanish and have relied on their appeal to the influential Hispanic voting bloc to propel them forward in the GOP primary.

Despite Bush’s claims, Rubio has soared past his former mentor in the most recent polls, comfortably securing the fourth place spot behind Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina while Bush holds a relatively distant fifth place spot. With months before the primaries begin, there is still plenty of time for the dynamic within the ever-changing Republican field to shift significantly.

Perhaps due to their complicated relationship, Bush has avoided making direct attacks on Rubio, but when asked about Rubio, he did not pull any punches. “Look: we had a president who came in and said the same kind of thing — new and improved, hope and change — and he didn’t have the leadership skills to fix things,” Bush said.

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Donald Trump

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Ben Carson

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Ted Cruz

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Marco Rubio

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Scott Walker

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Jeb Bush

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Rand Paul

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Mike Huckabee

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Carly Fiorina

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