Former Governor of Florida Jeb Bush (R-FL) participated in a wide-ranging interview with the Wall Street Journal Monday night and addressed many of the issues he will face if he goes forward with a run for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, as many suspect he will.
Bush is often criticized by grassroots conservative groups for his participation in creating the Common Core education standards that have affected so many public school curriculums across the country. Bush addressed the complaints head-on and said he's "lost patience" on the issue:
He reiterated his support for higher academic standards—whether they are the Common Core national standards or other equally rigorous benchmarks—and for testing to measure whether students are meeting them. “If you don’t measure, you really don’t care,” he said.
“I’ve lost my patience on this,” Mr. Bush said, referring to what he described as an unwillingness among special interests to improve public education.
Bush also sought a moderate middle-ground with newly-elected Republicans who might seek a showdown with the White House over funding for programs like Obamacare and the President's Executive Amnesty for illegal immigrants:
Quit trying to “make a point,” Mr. Bush said, and forge compromises to pass legislation. Stop seeking to repeal the Affordable Care Act, he suggested, and offer alternative health-care proposals.
“We don’t have to make a point any more as Republicans,” he said. “We have to actually show that we can, in an adult-like way, we can govern, lead.”