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Fmr. Fla. Gov. Jeb Bush says Ryan GM plant mention in speech is not misleading, says Romney would best solve immigration issues

Fmr. Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.) weighs in on GOP vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan's speech at the Republican National Convention. John Berman asks Bush on "Starting Point" about one point that has fact checkers working hard this morning, where Ryan seems to blame President Barack Obama for the failure of a General Motors plant in Wisconsin. The plant was in fact closed in 2008, when Jeb's brother President George W. Bush was in office.

"Not at all," Bush says. "Those are the words that Barack Obama used. It was a campaign promise and yet another campaign promise unfulfilled."

Bush also addresses Ryan's mention of the Bowles-Simpson commission in his speech, which Ryan voted against.

"He voted against it because he did not have any aspect of it that included entitlement reform which is the most pressing budget issue that our country faces, and the Ryan budget does deal with that over the long haul. And so to suggest that Paul Ryan is not completely truthful when he is the only guy in Washington, D.C. that's actually put out a comprehensive plan with a budget attached to it I think is wrong," Bush says.

Towards the end of the interview, Bush says he thinks that if elected, Mitt Romney would be able to handle the immigration issue.

"I think he will be a president that will try to solve our immigration problem by securing the border, but then turning this conversation into how can we create sustained economic growth by using a catalytic converter for growth in the pursuit of dreams, and that's an immigration policy that allows people to come in legally and be able to add value and vitality to our country. President Obama has had four years, two of which he had Democratic control of Congress where he promised he was going to have comprehensive immigration reform. He hasn't even submitted it to Congress," he says.

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  1. Chris

    One of the things troubling me is the fact that Jeb Bush stepped aside for Mitt Romney in this presidential election. We have President George H.W. Bush. We have George W. Bush. We won't have President Jeb Bush. Bush is the governor of one of the largest states in the Union, Florida. He is well positioned, and the apparatus given to Romney for this election belongs to the Bush family.

    November 19, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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