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Former Governor of Florida

John Ellis Bush
Born: February 11th, 1953  (age 64)

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Jeb Bush on Afghanistan

MS. CHETRY: “The president’s considering sending more troops as we know to Afghanistan and a lot of people say the reason the situation is so difficult eight years after we first went into that country is because we didn’t properly resource the war when your brother, President George W. Bush, was in office. Did your brother make a mistake by focusing too much on Iraq at the cost of Afghanistan?

JEB BUSH: No, I don’t think so.”

8 October, 2009: American Morning

JEB BUSH: I will tell you that I’m the only Republican that was in office when he was [in] office — as president that never disagreed with him. And I’m not going to start now. Why would I do that now after two years?

CANDY CROWLEY: Wow. Well, not one time did you call up and say you know what, don’t do that?

BUSH: I’m not going to start now. It’s just — until death do us part.”

14 November, 2010 State of the Union with Candy Crowley, CNN

“Our allies don’t trust us and our enemies don’t fear us. There is no situation worse for stability and peace than that. The iron rule of superpower deterrent is mean it when you say it. And it has been broken by this president. Fifth, we should avoid timelines and deadlines that are really for domestic consumption that diminish the foreign policy impact. Iraq and Afghanistan are vivid examples of this. Look, there are thousands of troops in Korea today as a vestige of the Korean War, and it has created stability in a peninsula where there is a regime on the northern border of South Korea that would do everything possible to undermine that – not just Korea but the rest of the world – and it is the five to ten thousand troops, well-trained American troops, that creates that security. This president missed an opportunity to do the exact same thing in Iraq, and thankfully I think he’s seen the light as it relates to Afghanistan. But there should be, we shouldn’t ever say that we’re leaving because it’s important for a political campaign or it’s important for domestic purposes. To leave, to do it in the right way based on our security interests is fine, but to do so simply because it is politically expedient is the wrong thing to do.”

2 December, 2014 Jeb Bush speech at U.S. Cuba Democracy PAC

"As it relates to my brother, there's one thing I know for sure: He kept us safe," Bush said. "I don't know if you remember, Donald -- you remember the rubble? You remember the firefighter with his arms around him? He sent a clear signal that the United States would be strong and fight Islamic terrorism, and he did keep us safe."

16 September, 2015: Jeb Bush refers to his brother “Keeping us safe” during the debate

Voting Records:
As governor of Florida, Jeb Bush supported his brother, but took no legislative action in his state with regard to Afghanistan

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