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Jeb Bush - Position Changes


[Editor's Note: On Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, Governor Jeb Bush announced the suspension of his presidential campaign. He stated the following in a video released on Twitter: "The presidency is bigger than any one person, and it's certainly bigger than any candidate... I firmly believe the American people must entrust this office to someone who understands that whoever holds it is a servant not the master... I'm proud of the campaign that we've run to unify the country and to advocate conservative solutions that would give more Americans the opportunity to rise up and reach their God-given potential... [T]he people of Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina have spoken, and I really respect their decision. So tonight, I am suspending my campaign."]



We are not suggesting that position changes are good or bad. We understand they are important to voters, which is why we have included them. We list the current position as Now X (Pro, Con, or Not Clearly Pro or Con) and the former position as Formerly Y (Pro, Con, or Not Clearly Pro or Con).
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Now Not Clearly Pro or Con

"Unfortunately, after the terrorist attacks in Paris, President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have chosen to criticize leaders for raising concerns about the administration’s proposal to bring tens of thousands of refugees into the United States…

The best way for America to show compassion and protect our homeland would be to provide safe zones in Syria and destroy the root causes of the refugee crisis in the region — ISIS and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad…

Given the reports that ISIS seeks to hide among refugees, that at least one of the attackers in Paris may have been a refugee, and bipartisan concerns about the refugee screening process in Congress, the pause in bringing refugees to this country that passed the House of Representatives this week is both sensible and appropriate…

America has a great moral tradition of taking in persecuted peoples throughout the world, and we should not turn our back now.

That is why I’ve outlined a strategy to address this humanitarian tragedy, protect the Christian and other religious minorities that are being eradicated in the Middle East, defeat the terrorists and Assad, confront Iranian aggression and end this conflict on terms favorable to the United States and its allies. That is a President’s job."
Source: Jeb Bush, "Jeb: Presidents Should Lead, Not Lecture," jeb2016.com, Nov. 20, 2015

Formerly Pro

"It's a bad idea if there is no screening [for refugees], but I for one think we should take every Christian Iraqi and every Christian Syrian who are in a situation now where if they stay where they are they will be killed…

We have a duty to help people."
Source: Fox News, "Bush: Voters 'Deeply Angry' about Washington Dysfunction," video.foxnews.com, Sep. 17, 2015

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