Jeb Bush calls for “positive agenda” in GOP

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Republicans need to develop a positive agenda now, says former Gov. Jeb Bush, and not just be critical of Washington D. C.

“We have to have an agenda, we just can’t be against what’s in front of Washington, D.C.,” Bush said Thursday on an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” reports Tal Kopan in Politico.

There is a “huge bench” of state-level Republicans that could be driving the conservative agenda, said the potential 2016 presidential candidate, which is not the case at the federal level.

“There’re 30 Republican governors, I think all of them probably will get reelected, the ones that are running” Bush said during the segment. “It’s because they are focused on those issues, not on overreaching or trying to say, ‘Well, we have one-half of one-third of the power of Washington therefore we have three-quarters of the ability to get things done.”

Bush then took one last swipe at Congress, Kopan writes, by calling them to pass immigration reform, saying it could actually create a positive precedent. 

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