It seems Barack Obama isn’t the only one who wants to rule like a dictator. On Monday, GOP presidential candidate and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush said he would “eliminate” the Supreme Court Citizens United decision that paved the way for super PACs.
“If I could do it all again I’d eliminate the Supreme Court (Citizens United) ruling” he told CNN’s Dana Bash. “This is a ridiculous system we have now where you have campaigns that struggle to raise money directly and they can’t be held accountable for the spending of the super PAC that’s their affiliate.”
There’s only a couple problems with that.
First, as president, Bush wouldn’t have that power. Second, he has benefited greatly from the work of his own super PAC, Right to Rise, which, CNN reported, raised $117.6 million last year.
Breitbart reported that Citizens United fired back at Jeb:
Citizens United President David N. Bossie disagrees, telling Breitbart News that Jeb Bush has exposed his “true colors.”
“Jeb Bush’s true colors just resurfaced. He has embraced the left’s view of the First Amendment. Jeb Bush now agrees with Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) to limit free speech in America,” Bossie said.
“George W. Bush signed the unconstitutional McCain-Feingold legislation into law in the first place, so it’s no surprise Jeb Bush has the same severely flawed view of the Constitution that his brother did,” he added. “Jeb Bush is a hypocrite. His Super PAC has raised over one hundred million dollars, but it hasn’t helped him one bit.”
Reaction on Twitter was pretty much what you’d expect:
Has he ever heard of Right 2 Rise? https://t.co/KcqKIyHEcv
— Seth (@dcseth) February 8, 2016
Maybe the Democrats ought to consider drafting Bush…
Jeb Bush wants to eliminate Citizens United and get rid of SuperPACs. The day's most ludicrous development. https://t.co/KI4UbZtcdc
— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) February 8, 2016
Jeb Bush is wrong about Citizens United: https://t.co/YWGfI2PTFp
— FreedomWorks (@FreedomWorks) February 9, 2016
He’s not just wrong, he’s a hypocrite. And he sounds more like a liberal Democrat than a Republican with each passing day. Perhaps that’s why he’s doing so poorly in the polls and why he received only 52 of the 5,700 votes in our post-New Hampshire debate poll, coming in last place.
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