John Ellis “Jeb” Bush appears to be flirting with the idea of becoming the third Bush to lead the country, in 2016. The son of former president George H.W. Bush and the brother of former president George W. Bush told attendees at a Catholic charity event in New York this month that he’s “thinking about running for president,” according to reports. Mortgage Observer looks back at some notable quotes from the 61-year-old Midland, Tex. native.
“It’s an act of love. It’s an act of commitment to your family. I honestly think that that is a different kind of crime. There should be a price paid, but it shouldn’t rile people up that people are actually coming to this country to provide for their families.”
—April 2014 response on Fox News Sunday about illegal immigration
“We haven’t really made an effort. Republicans need to get out of our comfort zone. We need to get out and understand these emerging demographic groups.
“Stronger committed families and immigration reform will help improve America’s housing market.”
—February 2014 remarks at the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Commercial Real Estate Finance/Multifamily Housing Convention in Orlando, Fla.
“So, Mr. President, it is time to stop blaming your predecessor for your failed economic policies.
“You were dealt a tough hand, but your policies have not worked. In the fourth year of your presidency, a real leader would accept responsibility for his actions, and you haven’t done it.”
—August 2012 speech at the Republican National Convention in Tampa Bay, Fla.
“The problem that got us into this mess was the real estate problem, but there is very little going on to solve the real estate problems. Who better to advocate a policy to get us out of this mess? Why not defend your positions in the marketplace of ideas? Business has gotten way too timid. The natural inclination is to cower. I would encourage you to stand up.”
—October 2011 remarks at the MBA’s annual conference in Chicago