On April 6, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush said that many illegal aliens come to the United States out of an “act of love” for their families. A week later, the Sunday news shows were still buzzing about that comment from the Republican who is pondering throwing his hat in the ring for the 2016 Presidential election.
ABC News’ “This Week” featured an interview with Senator Rand Paul. The Kentucky Republican was in Manchester, N.H., attending the Freedom Summit, a gathering of conservative leaders.
After pointing out that Paul won the past two straw polls (one by CNN and one in New Hampshire), ABC News’ Jonathan Karl went on to ask Paul’s opinion of Bush’s comment.
You know, I think he might have been more artful, maybe, in the way he presented this. But I don’t want to say, oh, he’s terrible for saying this. If it were me, what I would have said is, people who seek the American dream are not bad people. However…
But here’s what I’d finish up with. They are not bad people. However, we can’t invite the whole world. When you say they’re doing an act of love and you don’t follow it up with, but we have to control the border, people think well because they’re doing this for kind reasons that the whole world can come to our country.
Karl pointed out: “But there’s also suggestion that Republicans in previous campaigns have vilified those who came over illegally.”
To which, Paul responded: “And some people perceived it that way, and that’s a perception we do have to change.”
On NBC’s “Meet the Press,” commentator Mike Murphy and David Gregory discussed whether Bush’s comments will cost him should he decide to run. Murphy, a Republican political consultant who has advised Bush, had this to say:
The wider question is, I was proud of him, regardless of if he runs. Because I believe that leadership has been replaced in American politics by marketing. We micro target, micro pander, let’s focus group and figure out how to win, you know, this, win that.
And we’ve lost sight of politicians who tell you what they think is right, they make an argument for it, and then you figure it out. And that’s who Jeb Bush is. He’s not a typical weather-vane kind of guy. So if he runs, that’s what you’re going to get. I think it’s what the country’s looking for. But we’ll see what happens.
On CBS News’ “Face The Nation,” Bob Schieffer pointed out that during the Freedom Summit, “Donald Trump managed to mention Jeb Bush and it brought boos from the crowd.”
Peter Baker of The New York Times commented that Bush appears more interested in pursuing the Presidency than he did six months ago. Baker, who was at College Station, Texas, when Bush made the immigration comment, observed:
And all the people around him seem to be moving in that direction. But what he said was, “I want to get in only if I can avoid the vortex.” Well, Donald Trump just showed him what the vortex will be like, right? And he’s trying to lay out a predicate, saying, “If I run, I’m going to do it on my own terms. I’m going to do it on the issues I’ve cared about like immigration. Things that don’t necessarily sell well in a Republican primary.” He may find that’s not something that’s going to work well for him.
On CNN’s “State of the Union,” host Candy Crowley was more interested in a prominent Democrat’s comments on the immigration bill. She played a video of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi saying: “I think race has something to do with the fact that they’re not bringing up an immigration bill. I’ve heard them say to the Irish, if it were just you this would be easy.”
Crowley asked Representative Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) whether he agreed with Pelosi’s comment.
Israel responded: “The American people want solutions in Congress. They want people to oppose certain policies for the right reasons.”
Crowley prodded Israel further: “This is about racism. Do you think your Republican colleagues are racist?”
“Not all of them, no, of course not,” he replied. “But to a significant extent the Republican base does have elements that are animated by racism and that’s unfortunate.”