Jeb Bush Quotes

There is no question we need higher academic standards and at the local level the rigor of the Common Core state standards must be the new minimum in classrooms.

What we need is new leadership that takes conservative principles and applies them so that people can rise up.

States are free to modify the Common Core State Standards or adopt their own individual standards because academic standards are the prerogative of the states.

Apparently there are some Democratic leaders in the Senate that are running for office who now believe in tax cuts.

You have to maintain your principles but have a broader appeal.

If we're serious about America's leadership in the world then we need to make sure that we have the back of the armed forces.

I want to accelerate not slow down the enforcement of the death penalty in Florida.

We need to embed our forces - our troops inside the Iraqi military. We need to arm directly the Kurds. And all of that has to be done in concert with the Arab nations.

The United States Constitution is clear. It prohibits religious tests for public office.

Way too many people believe Republicans are anti-immigrant anti-woman anti-science anti-gay anti-worker.

Teachers make a difference and we would serve our students better by focusing on attracting and retaining the quality teachers by raising teacher pay.

I do have the strength. Leadership leadership is not about attacking people and disparaging people. Leadership is about creating a serious strategy to deal with the threat of our time.

We awoke one morning in September and the world lurched on its axis.

I think President Obama has used the bully pulpit as a way to attack capitalism.

It's been painful to see the people that you love be attacked when you know it's not fair or true.

I forced myself to go visit Asia four times a year.

We can grow economically and restore America's leadership in the world so that everybody has a chance to rise up.

My belief is that most people are conservative. They just haven't been asked yet.

We're sticky at the ends and the middle is getting squeezed

Low standards are a tactic that takes pressure off teachers' unions by accepting mediocrity and failure for kids.

I don't think a party can aspire to be the majority party if it's the old white guy party.

I ended Affirmative Action by executive order and replaced it with a leadership model that created more opportunities for African-American and Hispanic students.

I have never wavered from my intention to advance the cause of diversity in new and more effective ways.

We need to have capabilities second to none. We need to create a situation where Chinies know that there will be adverse impacts if they continue to do what they're doing.

Women who bring up children by themselves do it heroically they do it against all odds men who don't feel responsible for being part of their child's life create real strains on that family.

A third of our kids after we spend more per student than any country in the world other than a couple rounding errors 30 percent are college- and/or career-ready.

You cant just be against the president.

Look the FBI has the tools necessary un-American activities in our country. It goes on we shouldn't even be talking about it.

I acted on my core beliefs on social issues as governor.

If more people were actively engaged in advocating their positions I think we'd have a better society.

Our children can achieve great things when we set high expectations for them.

As governor I saw the link between economic prosperity and the ability to acquire knowledge.

I'm not sure we need half a billion dollars for women's health issues.

There is no other country that has the Cuban Adjustment Act; that's why it's called the Cuban Adjustment Act and not the Nicaraguan Adjustment Act.

Work needs to be the single biggest requirements. No more waivers as this administration has done. There should be real work eligibility.

Hillary Clinton is using a private server for - where classified information go by. This is a - this is a serious administration?

It's a complex relationship when your dad happened to be president and you are president and then you have all the amateur psychology that goes on when people try to speculate about motivations.

We must create a [economic] crisis in order to ensure that there is no alternative to a smaller government.

The next Republican that will win will campaign in the Latino community will campaign amongst Asian-Americans will campaign in the black churches will campaign in college campuses.

People are moping around and I think campaigns can be about lifting the spirits of the American people.

[ Marco Rubio] overly ambitious too young and I have better hair than he does.

There's a lot of obsession about people's personal ambitions.

The American experience works when people embrace a set of shared values you come you work hard you embrace these values and you're as American as anybody that came on the Mayflower.

Immigration is as much about the American experience and the values we share and a lot more about economics than it is about politics.

You can love the Mexican culture you can love your Mexican-American wife and also believe that we need to control the border.

The Kurds are the greatest fighting force and our strongest allies. They're Muslim.

By blaming others we fail to find the real solutions to our problems and we do not carry out our own responsibilities.

Imagine Texas as a blue state: how hard it would be to carry the presidency or gain control of the Senate.

I know what I don't know. I would seek out as I have the best advice that exists. I won't get my information from the shows.

I will seek out the best advice and I will create a strategy and I will persuade the American people what the role of America should be. I've laid out a policy of rebuilding our military.

I don't wake up each morning saying 'Oh wow it's me. I think I'm the cat's meow. I'm the best.'

I don't think there's any Bush baggage at all.

It comes down to a choice between the Little Sisters and Big Brother and I'm going with the Sisters.

Governors have to balance budgets. And they have to make decisions. And they have to do things that sometimes aren't popular. And they also have to bring people together to try to solve problems.

Someone even called me Veto Corleone. Because I vetoed 2 500 separate line-items in the budget.

Banning all Muslims will make it harder for us to do exactly what we need to do which is to destroy ISIS. We need a strategy. We need to get the lawyers off the back of the warfighters.

They [illegal immigrants] broke the law but it's not a felony it's an act of love. It's an act of commitment to your family.

Never again can the Republican Party simply write off entire segments of our society because we assume our principles have limited appeal. They have broad appeal. We need to be larger than that.

Is Islam a religion of peace? I'm sure for some of the practitioners but it's been hijacked by people who have an ideology that wants to destroy western civilization and they're barbarians.

[Barack Obama] believes climate change is a bigger threat to our country than these barbaric Islamic terrorists that have as their organizing principle the destruction of Western civilization.

The good news is we have a huge opportunity here because the President`s [Barack Obama] policies have failed.

I believe that the great majority of people coming here illegally have no other option. They want to provide for their family. But we need to control our border.

It's not possible in a free country to completely control the border without us losing our freedoms and liberties.

I'm not an expert on the ways of Washington [but] it makes no sense to me that we're not funding control of our border.

There are important questions about protecting and securing the border but we don't need to build a wall.

Great countries need to secure their border for national security purposes for economic purposes and for rule of law purposes.

I think people have good ideas on this. Clearly we need to secure the border. Coming here legally needs to be a lot easier than coming here illegally.

If we're going to ban all Muslims how are we going to get them to be part of a coalition to destroy ISIS?

I'm getting nervous to be called a centrist. Breaking out in a rash.

I'm happy to be helping people that are passionate about empowering parents for student learning.

You focus on the things that you can control and that's what I'm doing.

You have to remember that in a state like Florida independent voters will decide the election.

I kinda miss Donald Trump he was a little teddy bear to me.

Serious times require strong leadership.

We need a serious leader to deal with this. And I believe I'm that guy.

A lot of conservatives a big part of the Republican base don't like his position on common core don't like his position on immigration.

I try to have my voice be heard but not on a regular basis on TV.

Government is basically a parasite and if the host doesn't grow then government suffers.

Immigration is a gateway basically. It's a check-off point for Latino voters.

I was blessed to have a mother and father that recognized the value of education.

I've been so blessed to be part of a family that has dedicated its life to public service.

I have a blessed life.

I have a blessed life in so many ways.

Everything's viewed with a political lens in Washington and that's just the nature of the beast and it is what it is.

Being against other people's policies eventually puts you in a downward spiral. It's fine to be principled and oppose views that you don't agree with but you also have to have an alternative.

Treating people fairly and with civility is not a bad thing... It would be good for our country if political leaders actually took that to heart.

My wife and I are living large in our beloved Miami and I'm working on the things that are important to me.

The progressive and liberal mindset believes that to every problem there is a Washington D.C. solution

I think to deal with Putin you need to deal from strength. He's a bully you enable bad behavior when you're nuanced with a guy like that.

I miss being governor.

I think it was hard at first for my dad to transition to being immobile.

Every weapons system has been gutted.

I think life is precious from beginning to end.

I have said that Mr. Trump's language is divisive.

If you could bring to me a majority of people to say that we're going to have $10 of spending cuts for $1 of revenue enhancement put me in coach.

You find me a Democrat that's for cutting spending $10 and I'll give them a warm kiss.

There should be full engagement to protect our country from a grave threat which is the weakest foreign policy since Jimmy Carter.

Donald Trump he wanted casino gambling in Florida. Yes you did.

Why would our president close the embassy to the Vatican? Hopefully it is not retribution for Catholic organizations opposing Obamacare.

It's at the core of the Catholic faith and to imagine how we are going to succeed in our country unless we have committed family life a child-centered family system is hard to imagine.

A lot of things in history change over time.

It's really important to recognize that family life in America has changed pretty dramatically.

Donald Trump would be a chaos president. He would not be the commander in chief we need to keep our country safe.

Stand your ground means stand your ground. It doesn't mean chase after somebody who's turned their back.

I'm not a performer. If they're looking for entertainer-in-chief I'm probably not the guy.

Candidates are making lasting impressions on voters not just primary voters in how they campaign.

If someone wants to run a campaign about '90s nostalgia it's not going to be very successful.

Our freedom is under attack. Our economy is under water. The leading democrat is under investigation. And America is under the gun to lead the free world to protect our civilized way of life.

That by the way is perhaps the most ludicrous comment I've ever heard that climate change is a bigger threat to our country than radical Islamic terrorism.

Leaders lead. They don't divide; they don't create a climate that is poisonous.

It may be the best that Hillary Clinton can do but it's not the best America can do.

Sixty-five countries doing nothing is not a coalition. We need a strategy. That's the first and foremost thing that we need.

A strategy would be how do we mobilize support for the remnants of the Syrian Free Army and it might require combat troops to inspire an international effort.

If I'm president I'll be a commander-in-chief not an agitator- in-chief or a divider-in-chief that I will lead this country in a way that will create greater security and greater safety.

The fact that the U.S. is superior to all others allows for free commerce to take place.

The Common Core State Standards are more rigorous standards than the great majority of states had in place previously.

Donald [Trump] is great at - at the one-liners but he's a chaos candidate.

Donald Trump is not a serious kind of candidate. We need someone that thinks this through. That can lead our country to safety and security.

As a candidate I intend to let everyone hear my message including the many who can express their love of country in a different language.

There are cultural reasons economic competitiveness reasons. There are a lot of reasons why people are in poverty. The difference today is that increasingly they are in perpetual poverty.

I'd be wary of simple solutions to complex problems.

I have a voice: I want to share my beliefs about how the conservative movement and the Republican party can regain its footing because we've lost our way.

I used to be a conservative...

I know some in the media think conservatives don't care about the cities but they're wrong. We believe that every American and in every community has a right to pursue happiness.

I don't believe the federal government should be involved in the creation of standards directly or indirectly the creation of curriculum or content. It is clearly a state responsibility.

I don't believe you outsource your convictions and principles to people.

We need a strategy to destroy ISIS there. You can't do that without the cooperation of the Muslim world because they're as threatened as we are.

Immigrants create an engine of economic prosperity.

There are people who believe in expanding the welfare state across the spectrum of races and ethnicities and creeds.

The notion that somehow you're going to have freedom just kind of outbreak in Cuba I think is false.

If you have to deal with our friends at ICE Immigration and Customs Enforcement it's like a Kafka novel. Files just disappear.

I never felt comfortable with making political decisions based on whether you know it was the right thing to do in terms of a poll.

I don't miss politics.

I think Republicans really need to be disciplined to stay focused on sustained economic growth.

In a divided government you can't just say 'It's my way or the highway.'

America does not have the luxury of withdrawing from the world our security and our prosperity and our values demand that we remain engaged and involved in -- often distant places.

If we`re going get back into hypotheticals I think it does a disservice to a lot of people that sacrificed a lot.

I think my dad's post-presidency he didn't miss a beat. He didn't get into any kind of 'Woe is me.' He dusted himself off and led an incredible life since 1993.

I don't know if I'm a national education figure.

Donald Trump is not qualified to be president because he's not qualified to deal with Vladimir Putin.

Life teaches you that you need to make decisions in the right time - not too early not too late.

They [terrorists] have declared war on us and we need to have a serious strategy to destroy ISIS.

There's a direct link between percentage of young people that are educated and how we live our lives.

My guess is my brother would call his mom and his dad pretty regularly a lot more than I probably did.

I love my brother I love my dad actually love my mother as well hope that's ok. And I admire their service to the nation and the difficult decisions they had to make.

I think I can fix the problems in Washington that people desperately want to see fixed.

There's a fine line between stubbornness and the positive side of that which is dogged determination.

I think Detroit would do real well if we started repopulating it with young aspirational people.

I believe that I have the executive experience and the ideas and the proven record to fix things.

America still is an exceptional country. We love to lead and we love to win. And we do it when we take on any challenge and when we take - we support our friends.

We need to unleash the military in unison with our partners in Europe and the Middle East to be effective.

I'm an introvert. Introverts have a huge advantage over extroverts. We can create a mission and we can act on it.

Immigrants are more fertile and they love families and they have more intact families and they bring a younger population. Immigrants create an engine of economic prosperity.

I've had a life experience that's full of warts full of successes.

I just think people when they get elected they ought to serve. They ought to do their jobs.

To bring about a genuine political realignment Republicans must kill the Government Goose that Lays the Golden Eggs - the very Goose they have fought so hard and long to possess.

I am my own man. I governed as a conservative and I govern effectively.I am my own man. I governed as a conservative and I govern effectively.

We've got to be willing to lose the primary in order to win the general election.

I'm energetic and passionate about the needs - the things we need to fix. I don't feel old I don't feel like yesterday's news

You [Donald Trump] wanted it [casino in Florida] and you didn`t get it. I was opposed to casino gambling before during and after. And that`s not - I`m not going to be bought by anyone.

I loved being governor. It was a blast. Eight years was enough. But it was certainly one of the greatest thrills in my life to be able to serve the people of Florida. I miss that from time to time.

I'd say my greatest weakness is impatience. I don't suffer fools well.

I've always believed that if you support reform or you support a particular idea that you ought to fund that idea first and not the system.

As president I will keep you and our country safe secure and free.

The role of the federal government if any is to create more school choice.

Immigrants are more fertile.

The GOP should be the GSP: the Grand Solutions Party. It should be about solutions not talking points.

I admire John Boehner greatly. He's a great public servant. I think people are going to miss him in the long run because he's a person that is focused on solving problems.

What we have in Washington is total gridlock.

Well I think lower taxes and less regulation would actually promote growth.

I'm a grinder....I've never taken more than a week off in my adult life. I truly believe work is a virtue it gives you purpose.

I would not have gone into Iraq.

I've never heard anybody in my family say anything but good things about Rick Perry.

I want my voice to have purpose.

We have a wealth of talent in the Republican Party.

Who among us has never looked up into the heavens on a starlit night lost in wonder at the vastness of space and the beauty of the stars?

Donald [Trump] you're not going to be able to insult your way to the presidency. That's not going to happen.

If we want to destroy radical Islamic terrors we can't disassociate ourselves from peace loving Muslims.

We need to focus on building a military that is second-to-none so that we can destroy Islamic terrorism.

Half of the interview is substantive and half of it I think is sizing the person up.

To honor the people that died we need to stop the Iran agreement for sure because the Iranian mullahs have their blood on their hands and we need to take out ISIS with every tool at our disposal.

We need to increase our military spending. We need to deal with a no- fly zone in Syria a safe zone.

Obama doesn't believe in American leadership and the net result is we have a caliphate the size of Indiana.

ISIS has a caliphate the size of Indiana! Also US military has been totally gutted. Can't even project power anymore.

I do a lot of traveling overseas.

The Russians and rogue actors including ISIS - this is a serious part of the 21st century security challenge that we face.

I`m the tortoise in the race but I`m a joyful tortoise.

You know when you run you got to be all in and you take risks of winning and losing.

My wife is not a public person. She is uncomfortable with the limelight which is why I love her. I don't want a political wife - I want someone who when I get home I can have a normal life with.

I think the voters can make up their own minds.

I will support the Republican nominee.

I would say national security is work in progress.

Traditional marriage is what should be sanctioned.

This is a tough business to run for president.

Everybody who aspires to high positions of leadership in their state and in their country should be willing to take unscreened unrehearsed questions from the people who pay their salary.

If I decide to run for office again it will be based on what I believe and it will be based on my record. And that record was one of solving problems completely from a conservative prospective.

We can rewrite history all you want but the simple fact is that we`re in a much more unstable place because America pulled back.

Sometimes when people say things we should actually believe what they say.

I'm a skeptic. I'm not a scientist. I think the science has been politicized

People based on their emotions will express support for the sentiment not necessarily the specifics because there are none.

I think the lesson's learned are that we have to have to have a strategy to get and a strategy to get out. Which means that you create a stable situation.

To me Jeb Bush is hitting his stride. He was the most composed the most endpoint the most in control I've seen him in an interview yet. And it's not because I wasn't asking him tough questions