During an appearance at a Manhattan Institute dinner, Jeb Bush garnered praise from members of the audience, which included political donors from the Big Apple, conservatives, and even Chris Christie supporter former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani. A possible presidential candidate for 2016, Bush delivered an emphatic speech at the event that focused on the decline of the US economy due to immigration issues and the quality of public education.
The former governor of Florida and fellow Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin were honorees at the annual affair hosted by conservative free market think tank Manhattan Institute, which is led by businessman and major donor Paul E. Singer. Bush and Ryan both placed emphasis on reducing poverty in the US by improving the poor’s quality of life. Ryan, who is also believed to be running for president in 2016, did not get as much attention as Bush did at the event.
Bush started off his speech with a cautionary message – one that warns the audience of a declining US economy. The ‘American Dream’, as he called it, is being replaced by a widening disparity between the two extreme economic and social classes – the extremely wealthy and the poor. The middle class, Bush stated, is “shrinking” and experiencing the most pressure to improve their living conditions. He added that a “majority of Americans” think that future generations will have fewer opportunities than what they had.
Better education, lower taxes, and more support for American families were some of the solutions that Bush suggested in his speech.
Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, who gave Bush’s introduction, stated that the Texas-born Republican got elected in Florida with more than 60 percent of the Hispanic demographic. Coincidentally, Bush earned a degree in Latin American Affairs from the University of Texas. He is also the first and only Republican governor to have served two full terms in Florida.
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