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Jeb Bush Addresses Comparisons To This Father And Brother

Many voters have wondered if having another Bush in office would be too dynastic and bad for American politics. Naturally, Jeb Bush has heard these concerns and made sure to address them in his first major foreign policy address in Chicago.

To start, he wanted to draw a line between the comparisons that occur regarding his father and brother on foreign policy. He made the promise that he would be "my own man." He also criticized the leadership of President Obama and his administration as "inconsistent and indecisive." In addition, he stated he was "lucky" to have both a father and brother whose presidential legacies are often defined by how they addressed wars and conflicts. He stated, "I love my brother, I love my dad, I actually love my mother, too. I admire their service to the nation and the difficult decisions they had to make. But I am my own man. My views are shaped by my own thinking and own experiences."

While many governors do not have much in the way of foreign policy experience, Bush has a more varied background because of his father and brother. When questioned about his brother's handling of Iraq, Jeb Bush shared that he is not interested in "re-litigating anything in the past." He would prefer to focus on his vision for the future.

Peter Feaver, a Duke University professor and member of Bush 43's National Security Council said this about Jeb Bush, "The governor will have to have answers to those questions that go beyond 'I won't litigate the past. Those answers need not be the exact same answer that his brother gives. He can give different answers without somehow discrediting his own candidacy, but he's right ... he doesn't have to revisit all the thousands of decisions made" by his father and brother.

When asked about Obama, Jeb said, "the great irony of the Obama presidency is this: Someone who came to office promising greater engagement with the world has left America less influential in the world. They draw red lines ... then erase them. With grandiosity, they announce resets and disengage. Hashtag campaigns replace actual diplomacy and engagement. Personal diplomacy and maturity is replaced by leaks and personal disparagement." Many Americans are disenchanted with the Obama administration's handling of the ISIS situation. Current polls but Jeb Bush in the lead for the GOP.

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