Jeb Bush says GOP must change it’s “tone” to draw Hispanic votersby John Kennedy | August 26th, 2012
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Sunday that the Republican Party must reduce its tough, anti-immigration rhetoric and policies if it hopes to draw Hispanic voters to its ranks.
Mitt Romney’s economic message has some appeal, Bush said. But he was tempered in his assessments of the GOP’s prospects of doing well with Hispanic voters this fall
“I think Gov. Romney can make inroads if he focuses on how can we create a climate of job creation and economic growth,” Bush said on NBC’s Meet the Press. “And that’s what I think this fall’s campaign will be about. I think people will move back toward the Republican side.
“But we’ve got to have a better tone going forward over the long haul, for sure,” Bush said. “You can’t ask people to join your cause and then send a signal that you’re really not wanted. It just doesn’t work.”
About his own White House ambitions, Bush demurred.
“You know, I don’t think about it,” Bush said. “I’m not motivated by it. It takes an incredible amount of discipline and ambition to even think about aspiring to it. And I’m not there yet in my life.”
Bush repeated, however, his earlier view that 2012 would’ve been a good time for him to run.
“It wasn’t the right time for me,” Bush said. “I’m excited about supporting Mitt Romney.”