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Jeb Bush urges Joe Biden to ‘heal the wounds’ of the ‘divided country’

Bush hopes Biden will work with a centrist bipartisan Senate coalition.

When former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, his slogan was “Jeb can fix it.”

Nearly five years later, the Republican sees a “divided country” whose “sense of shared values has been tattered at the seams,” and he sees the Democratic President-elect presented an opportunity to mend the national fabric, as he said on a podcast released Wednesday.

“Assuming for a moment that it is President-elect Joe Biden,” Bush continued, “there are things he could do almost immediately to begin to heal the wounds, to reach out across the aisle politically.”

“Even before his inauguration,” Bush added, Biden is almost “duty bound” to take those steps toward remediation.

“The people who may not agree with him don’t have to be considered the enemy,” he said, perhaps mindful of the dismissive posture current President Donald Trump took toward Bush, a former primary rival he christened “Low-Energy Jeb.”

“The closeness of the election makes that possible. If the Republicans do control the Senate,” Bush said, “assuming it’s 51 or 52 to 48 with Republicans in control, I think Mitch McConnell has the responsibility and Joe Biden has the responsibility to find some common ground.”

That common ground, Bush suggested, could be driven by a “center-left and center-right” coalition, a theoretical grouping of moderate or anti-Trump Republicans and a few Democrats chasing votes in red states. Bush name-checked a few Senators, but neither Sens. Rick Scott nor Marco Rubio made the cut there.

“We’ve got to put our country first,” Bush added. “This isn’t always about some hyperpartisan game we’re playing.”

“We have to have a sense of shared values for our country to work,” Bush continued. “Our diversity requires it.”

The former Governor lauded Biden for his “empathy,” and for his part, Biden has promised, repeatedly, to represent those who voted for him and those who didn’t.

Bush congratulated Biden on his victory before virtually all other Republicans of note, saying that he was praying for the presumptive President-elect.

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A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at AG@FloridaPolitics.com

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Ron Ogden

    November 18, 2020 at 3:28 pm

    Trouble is “sense of shared values” and the other snips of Bush rhetoric (like “Thousand Points of Light”–remember when the Demis mocked that idea on TV?) are three decades old, and older. They go all the way back to when Prescott Bush carried the flag for white-shoe, entitled, and aristocratic Republicanism that battled the conservative wing of the party year-in and year-out and found companionship is the Ivy League, Hudson Valley Democrats. A writer opined the other day that this election has made the Democratic Party the party of the corporatist ultra-rich and the sycophants who do their bidding (biddin’ or maybe Biden?) in DC. But that has always been the case. In the old days, these Republicans were really Democrats, it was just convenient to fly the other flag. Remember, Trump himself was a Democrat before he was a Republican. Bloomy was a Republican before he was a Democrat. It’s all a game they play because they’ve gotten too old and fat for polo.

  2. Madilla

    November 19, 2020 at 7:04 am

    worthless “I should be president because my name is bush”, crawls out from under his rock.

  3. James Robert Miles

    November 19, 2020 at 6:04 pm

    One of the leading members of the Bush crime family speaks. So what. It is his political party the has caused the racist divisiveness that this country has experienced under Trump. So why doesn’t he appeal to his fellow Republican about the nightmare that is the Trump administration? He doesn’t have the balls to do so. Instead always do the GOP mantra. Put the burden on somebody else!

  4. martin

    November 20, 2020 at 7:30 am

    James Robert; once again you spew hot flatulence. Your boy obama spread the seeds of racial divisiveness.

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