HAMILTON, OH -- In his first public campaign appearance for Mitt Romney, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush did not shy away from attacking President Obama, and advanced the presumptive GOP nominee's messaging this week.
“There are a lot of positive reasons to support Mitt Romney but I want to give you a reason that it is important: because the current president of the United States doesn’t get it,” Bush told the crowd inside United Performance Metals. The president “said in Virginia: “If you got a business, you didn’t build that, somebody else made it happen.” Now that was kind of like saying the private sector is doing good but its the economy that is doing bad. These are insights into the thinking of a man who has had no practical experience in creating jobs.”
Campaigning in the battleground state of Ohio Wednesday just hours before Mitt Romney himself appears in the state, Bush said it is Obama who has created “a morass” and “a dark cloud over our country” that only Romney can help improve.
“I am so tired of the president of United States –- with the awesome seal he gets to go around with -– pointing, trying to create divisions. Trying to punish people rhetorically for the hard work that will restore American’s greatness,” he said.
Bush’s comments come amid a week in which the tone of the presidential campaign has taken a more divisive tone, with harsh words being exchanged between the Obama and Romney campaigns.
Echoing Romney’s comments just yesterday, when the former Massachusetts governor accused Obama of cronyism, Bush called for an end of policies that allow for failed loans that aid companies, like Solyndra.
“Crony capitalism needs to be rejected and eliminated in our country and what we need to do is restore entrepreneurial capitalism where government plays a role but it is a limiting role. And where we celebrate success rather than punishing it,” he said.
Bush, whose name was once included as a possible vice presidential pick for Romney, shed no direct insight on any VP speculation but did predict that two states are vital to the November election:
“There are two states that actually matter a little bit more -– my beloved state of Florida, which is like the purplest of all the states in this election and Ohio. If we do our part in Florida and you do your part in Ohio, I believe Mitt Romney will be the next president of the United States and the restoration of America’s greatness will begin.”
Gov. Bush, a member of the prominent political Bush family, kicked off his speech giving a “Bush family update” to the couple hundred person crowd. The 43rd Governor of Florida said his parents -- former President George H. W. Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush -- and his older brother -- former President George W. Bush -- are doing “pretty good.”