Tears of joy for Jeb Bush at CPACby George Bennett | March 16th, 2013
OXON HILL, Md. — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush challenged the Republican Party to be more inclusive during a Friday night speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference just outside Washington.
“The face of the Republican Party needs to be the face of every American, and we need to be the party of inclusion and acceptance. It’s our heritage and it’s our future, and we need to couch our efforts in those terms,” Bush said in a speech that also included some his characteristic policy wonkery and broad optimism about America’s potential.
CPAC has long been a showcase for potential Republican presidential candidates, and Bush has not shut the door on a 2016 run. Some Bush fans wore “Jeb! ’16″ stickers, including Rebecca McLaughlin of Orlando, a University of Central Florida student who shed tears of excitement and joy when she met Bush at a book signing before his speech.