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2016 Campaign Trail - Jeb Bush and the Confederate flag, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and Bernie Sanders

7/5/2015  articles

Hold on, Gov. Bush!

While touring the Nephron Pharmaceutical plant in West Columbia, S.C., Jeb Bush, GOP presidential candidate called the Confederate flag a “racist” symbol.

After a 30-minute tour of the plant, Bush walked into a room packed with nearly 200 workers. The younger, diverse, mostly blue-collar crowd was not the kind that Republican candidates usually address so early in the presidential campaign process.

He started by answering a question about education. Then he called on Valerie Hillary, an African American employee, who rose and asked, “What are your thoughts on the recent dialogue and controversy regarding the Confederate flag?”

“Good question,” he said before recounting that as Florida Governor, “I decided to do something politically incorrect. I decided to remove the flag. I was governor, I figured I could do it, and I did.”

Perhaps Jeb Bush forgot the historical significance of the Confederate Flag.

“The symbols that have divided the South in many ways, the symbols that were used in most recent modern history—perhaps, not at the beginning of the time—the symbols were racist,” he added.

Samuel Rivers, Jr., a black GOP state lawmaker and senior pastor in the Charleston area, said pastors from North Carolina and South Carolina attended the meeting. He said discussion about the killings in Charleston was limited.

“We prayed concerning it, but for the most part the pastors wanted to hear where he stood on education, religion, the economy, and we talked about entitlement programs and how we have people who need to find a way to get off of them,” he said. “Afterward they hugged him and thanked him for his time.”

Rivers said he first met Bush earlier this year and, despite initially wanting to remain neutral in the GOP presidential primary, he decided he needed to support Bush in part because he was one of the first governors to implement a school voucher system.

“His accomplishments spoke so loud and clear,” he said. “A lot of people talk about what they want to do. He’s done it. He’s going to win. He’s going to be our guy.”

Donald Trump Enters the Race

“Hold on there!” It’s tea party activist Ken Crow speaking his mind saying that billionaire businessman and patriot Donald Trump is America’s new John Wayne. Crow added: “America is sick and tired of political correctness, and they are sick and tired of media bias destroying candidates.”

Wesley Pruden, Washington Times Editor Emeritus, wrote: “Donald Trump is surging in New Hampshire and Chris Christie’s back on the hunt, sounding like a born again contender.”

“They’re both long shots—the Donald is off the board—but they are both making the kind of noise the wise heads say they can’t make.”

Sen. Ted Cruz, a Republican of Texas, said: “I like Donald Trump. I think he’s terrific. I think he’s brash. I think he speaks the truth.” Sen. Marco Rubio disagrees with Trump.

In the latest poll Donald Trump is leading Gov. Jeb Bush. Trump's numbers are climbing.

Senator Bernie Sanders is Closing the Gap with Hilary Clinton

According to Wesley Pruden, Washington Times, Thursday, July 2, “Socialist Bernie Sanders is the October Surprise for Hillary, drawing crowds of autumn a year early, and all the Queen of Avarice is collecting now is the stuff you get on your shoes on a walk through the barnyard.” Ten thousand people attended a recent gathering held by Sen. Sanders. His poll numbers and financial support are rising.

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