WINTER PARK, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - Former Governor Jeb Bush brought his "Jeb Can Fix It" tour to a school for disabled children in Winter Park on Monday. He told the small room stuffed with people everyone deserves a chance.
“Life is a gift from God. If you start with that premise, people aren’t liabilities. They all have God given abilities, and as a just and loving society what we need to do is tear down the barriers so that every person can fufill their destiny and reach their full potential.”
The speech was only about 10 minutes, but he did take time for reporter questions after several people wanted selfies with Governor Bush. We asked him if "Jeb Can Fix It" is a metaphor for his campaign, and what he has to do to fix it?
“By campaigning with heart, by telling my story, by having a hopeful optimistic message. Doing the things I have been doing, but doing them in a way that I can convince people that I can fix these big complex problems in Washington. Talking about things isn’t going to solve people’s problems. Doing things is what matters, and I want to make that point over and over and over again.... Look at the past. Herman Cain was winning right now. Hillary Clinton was up 25 points this time 8 years ago against an unknown that is now known as President Barack Obama. This is the start of a journey, and I am excited about it.”
The Governor was introduced by his former Lt. Governor, Toni Jennings of Winter Park, the future Speaker of the House in Florida Richard Corcoran, and Winter Park Congressman John Mica. Mica had to leave to return to Washington DC, and Governor Bush took full advantage, taking a joking shot at rival Senator Marco Rubio.
“Congressman Mica, get on that plane. I know there’s no traffic in Orlando. I just want to make sure you go back to vote because that’s what you were elected to do, and you have a great attendance record for which I am grateful."
After the speech, the Governor downplayed the shot at Rubio.
“He’s a great guy. He’s a good friend. He’s a gifted politician.”
He did say he plans to win by doing what he does, despite the attention and poll numbers gained by his rivals.
“There’s big personalities on the stage, but no one’s going to be lifted out of poverty, no one is going to get a pay increase talking down our country. We need tangible solutions to the big problems we face, and I don’t think you can, as we did 8 years ago, we can bet on somebody that doesn’t have a proven record of accomplishment. And that’s my lane man.”
Governor Bush also addressed the recent controversy with the CNBC debate, telling Fox 35 there should be a debate on Telemundo as scheduled, and he just wants the debates to be fair.
“Whatever the rules are, they should keep to them. That’s all I think the candidates want. The rules were established, and they lost control over the entire process last time.”
Governor Bush, along with the rest of the Presidential hopefuls will be in Orlando in just two weeks for a summit hosted by the Republican Party of Florida.