Miami, FL — Jeb Bush won the debate demonstrating presidential leadership by offering an optimistic economic vision that stood in sharp contrast to the subpar record of Barack Obama and pessimistic plans of Hillary Clinton. He also presented a unifying, conservative message of reform on education and immigration that the crowd in Cleveland responded to enthusiastically.
Jeb knows he can fix what ails America, because he’s done it as a successful, conservative, accomplished governor.
Here are two highlights from the debate:
Watch here: Jeb: School Choice Pioneer Who Beat the Teachers Union
GOV. BUSH: No. I don't. 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'm for higher standards, measured in an intellectually honest way with abundant school choice, ending social promotion and I know how to do this, because as governor of the state of Florida I created the first statewide voucher program in the country. The second statewide voucher program in the country and the third statewide voucher program in the country. We had rising student achievement across the board. Because high standards, robust accountability, ending social promotion in third grade. Real school choice across the board. Challenging the teacher's union and beating them is the way to go. And florida's low income kids had the greatest gains inside the country. Our graduation rate improved by 50%. That's what I'm for.
Watch here: Jeb: The Democrats are Wrong: We Can Grow this Economy and Create Jobs
GOV. BUSH: There are 6 million people living in poverty today, more than when Barack Obama got elected. 6.5 million people are working part time, most of whom want to work full time. We've created rules and taxes on top of every aspiration of people, and the net result is we're not growing fast, income is not growing. A 4% growth strategy means you fix a convoluted tax code, you get in and you change every aspect of regulations that are job killers. You get rid of Obamacare and replace it with something that doesn't suppress wages and kill jobs. You embrace the energy revolution in our country. This President and Hillary Clinton who can't even say she is for the XL Pipeline even after she's left? Give me a break, of course we're for it. We should be for these things to create high sustained economic growth. And, frankly, fixing our immigration system and turning it into an economic driver is part of this as well. We can do this.