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Republican FL Governor:
Jeb Bush on the Issues

Jeb Bush on Abortion

  • Restrict abortions to incest, rape, & health. (Jul 1998)
  • No need to teach about abortion if we have moral absolutes. (Nov 1995)

Jeb Bush on Budget & Economy

  • Supports constitutional balanced budget amendment. (Nov 1998)
  • Bankruptcy reform: limit Chapter 7; protect states' role. (Feb 2001)
  • Uphold commitments to states before other spending. (Sep 2001)

Jeb Bush on Civil Rights

  • Provide licensure exams in Spanish, for free. (Jun 2000)
  • Supports Affirmative Action; against quotas. (Jul 1998)
  • No hate-crimes status for gays; no gay marriage. (Jul 1998)
  • Gay rights & feminism are “modern victim movements”. (Nov 1995)
  • Support principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment. (Feb 2001)

Jeb Bush on Corporations

  • Repeal the mandatory helmet law for motorcyclists. (Jun 2000)
  • Fight corporate welfare: snouts out of public trough. (Nov 1995)

Jeb Bush on Crime

  • Adopted Three-Strike Violent Felony Offender Act. (Nov 2001)
  • 10-20-Life: Increase mandatory minimum sentences. (Nov 2001)
  • Fewer death-row appeals; faster executions. (Jan 2000)
  • Longer prison terms for gun-toting criminals. (Jan 2000)
  • Build more prisons; private contracts OK. (Jul 1998)
  • Alternative sentencing & rehabiliation acceptable. (Jul 1998)
  • Supports death penalty. (Jul 1998)
  • Stricter penalties for drug, sex, & gun offenses. (Jul 1998)
  • Heinous crimes no longer news: exposure lowers norms. (Nov 1995)
  • Supports flexible federal block grants for crime programs. (Sep 2001)

Jeb Bush on Drugs

  • Mandatory prison sentences for drug offenses. (Nov 2001)
  • Reduce drug use by 50% by prevention & enforcement. (Jul 1999)
  • More federal funding for all aspects of Drug War. (Aug 2000)

Jeb Bush on Education

  • Restrict grade inflation by imposing minimum standards. (Jun 2000)
  • More funding for schools; merit pay for teachers. (Jul 1998)
  • Focus on abstinence; end social promotion. (Jul 1998)
  • Grade inflation breeds culture of falsely perceived success. (Nov 1995)
  • Instituted school voucher plan. (Jan 2000)
  • Supports charter schools & vouchers. (Jul 1998)

Jeb Bush on Energy & Oil

  • Eliminate automobile emissions testing. (Jun 2000)
  • Voluntary partnerships reduce greenhouse gases economically. (Aug 2000)
  • Kyoto Treaty must include reductions by all countries. (Aug 2000)
  • More funding to develop domestic energy supplies. (Sep 2001)
  • Use federal funds for nuclear cleanup, with state input. (Sep 2001)
  • Share offshore oil development revenue with states. (Sep 2001)
  • Set goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025. (Jan 2007)

Jeb Bush on Environment

  • Drilling in Gulf of Mexico hurts Florida tourism industry. (Jan 2001)
  • Restrict Eminent Domain; most severe of all govt powers. (Jun 2000)
  • Let industries “self-audit”; compensate for “takings”. (Jul 1998)
  • More state autonomy on brownfields & Superfund cleanups. (Aug 2001)
  • Support State Revolving Loan Fund for flexible Clean Water. (Aug 2001)
  • Supports national drought policy, focusing on readiness. (Sep 2001)
  • Maintain water flow in Mississippi & Missouri Rivers. (Feb 2001)

Jeb Bush on Families & Children

  • No mandated child safety seats. (Jun 2001)
  • Parental consent over government intrusions into families. (May 2001)
  • Encourage fathers' participation in child-raising. (Sep 2001)
  • Federal funds & state involvement in fatherhood initiatives. (Aug 2001)

Jeb Bush on Foreign Policy

No stance on record.

Jeb Bush on Free Trade

  • Enforce trade law against subsidized Canadian lumber imports. (Sep 2001)

Jeb Bush on Government Reform

  • Keep legislation small and focused: no mammoth “train” bills. (Jun 2001)
  • Reform Civil Service: “Service First”. (Mar 2001)
  • Privatize & outsource govt; fee holidays for contractors. (Jun 2000)
  • No campaign spending limits; no public financing. (Nov 1998)
  • Proper role: public order & general welfare. (Nov 1995)
  • Reforms must respect state's rights to select electors. (Aug 2001)

Jeb Bush on Gun Control

  • Use a Gun and You’re Done. (Nov 2001)
  • Concealed carry OK; supports instant background check. (Jul 1998)

Jeb Bush on Health Care

  • Leave research funding to feds, not state. (Jun 2001)
  • No physician-assisted suicide. (Nov 1998)
  • Ensure access for children & adults; Medicaid for immigrants. (Jul 1998)
  • No physician-assisted suicide. (Jul 1998)
  • No federal pre-emption of employee health plan regulation. (Oct 2001)
  • Protect state tobacco settlement funds from federal seizure. (Apr 1999)

Jeb Bush on Homeland Security

No stance on record.

Jeb Bush on Immigration

  • Share costs of legal immigration between states & federal. (Feb 2001)
  • Federal government should deal with criminal repatriation. (Feb 2001)
  • Import farm workers from Mexico. (Sep 2001)

Jeb Bush on Jobs

  • More R&D & tax incentives for small farmers. (Sep 2001)
  • Repeal the federal unemployment "temporary surtax". (Feb 2001)

Jeb Bush on Principles & Values

  • Poll: Jeb would lose to Hillary because of “Bush fatigue”. (May 2006)
  • Pres. Bush plugs Jeb for President; Jeb declines comment. (May 2006)
  • Priorities: public education & public safety. (Jul 1998)
  • Focus on virtue & character, not values. (Nov 1995)
  • Pass moral judgement & teach virtue to our children. (Nov 1995)
  • Religious affiliation: Catholic. (Nov 2000)
  • Member, National Governors Association/Economic Development. (Jan 2001)
  • Member of Republican Governors Association. (Aug 2001)
  • Member of Southern Governors' Association. (Sep 2001)

Jeb Bush on Social Security

  • Maintain long-term solvency of Social Security and Medicare. (Aug 2001)

Jeb Bush on Tax Reform

  • Supports estate tax repeal, but not at states’ expense. (Jun 2001)
  • Don’t broaden county & city taxing authority. (Jun 2001)
  • Voter approval of tax increases; cut taxes by $1B. (Jan 2000)
  • No national sales tax or VAT. (Feb 2000)
  • Let states independently determine estate taxes. (May 2001)

Jeb Bush on War & Peace

  • Easy to criticize Iraq war after the fact. (Apr 2006)
  • Deal with terrorism as a joint federal-state responsibility. (Feb 2001)
  • Include states in anti-terrorism planning. (Sep 2001)

Jeb Bush on Welfare & Poverty

  • Replace AFDC with limited temporary assistance. (Jan 2000)
  • Limit welfare benefits; supports welfare-to-work. (Jul 1998)
  • Help welfare recipients into workforce. (Jul 1998)
  • Taking welfare should be more shameful than working. (Nov 1995)
  • Maintain federal Social Services Block Grant funding. (Sep 2001)
  • Maintain flexibility & funding levels for TANF block grants. (Sep 2001)
  • More federal funding for Low-income energy assistance. (Sep 2001)
  • Supports TANF grants to states. (Aug 2001)