VIDEOS: Jeb Bush on Gun Violence: “Stuff Happens”

Today at the Conservative Leadership Project in Greenville, SC, Jeb Bush spoke about government response to events like the mass shooting in Oregon and said, “Stuff happens.” He doubled down during a gaggle with reporters, saying, “No, it wasn’t a mistake. I said exactly what I said.”

Videos of both exchanges below:

During town hall:

Gaggle with reporters:

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…More Like Rand Stall

“By no means am I finished,” Rand Paul told CNN this week, “I’m just getting started.”

“Getting started,” sure — his Senate reelection campaign, maybe. Senator Paul can protest all he wants, but The Hill reports he’s taking time off the campaign trail to shift “his attention to fundraising for his Senate reelection efforts,” and his home-state Lexington Herald-Leader is running headlines like: “Death watch underway for Rand Paul’s presidential campaign.”

Rand Paul’s polling at two percent and it recently became public information that one of the three super PACs supporting his candidacy “has stopped raising money for him,” because the PAC’s head doesn’t “want to raise money for a futile crusade,” according to the Wall Street Journal.

Things aren’t exactly “going well” for him.

Here are some headlines on the two-percent flop’s fall from contention:

Lexington Herald-Leader: Analysis: Death watch underway for Rand Paul’s presidential campaign

Wall Street Journal: Super […]

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GOP Avoids Another Shutdown …For Now

When Republicans took control of Congress nine months ago, they promised an end to the divisions, intra-party bickering, and governing crisis to crisis. But as the GOP took us to the brink of a government shutdown — this time over defunding Planned Parenthood — it’s no surprise their promises don’t hold water. With just hours to spare, Republicans appear to have temporarily avoided another shutdown under their watch, but that’s all it is, temporary.

To the dismay of the Tortilla Coast wing of the GOP, John Boehner’s departure allowed for a clean CR that will fund the government until December, but what happens when we reach that deadline?

In the House, as the new GOP leadership class takes shape, they’ll face hurdle after hurdle through the fall and be forced to appease the demands of the far-right of their party. And with plenty of senators focused on advancing their presidential ambitions with national headlines — confidence in […]

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High Energy At Last, Jeb Finds Passion In Alienating Voters

Lead administrator of the GOP rebrand postponement plan, Jeb Bush’s taking it upon himself to carry on the GOP’s time-honored tradition of alienating minority voters. Jeb’s latest target: Native Americans.

1. “Redskins” Offensive? “I’m missing something here, I guess”

Discussing the Washington Football Team’s controversial mascot on Sirius XM’s POTUS Channel 124, Jeb said: “It’s a sport, for crying out loud. It’s a football team…I’m missing something here, I guess.”

What’s he missing? We’d refer Jeb to ABC News’ report on his comments: “Native American groups have organized protests for years to force the franchise to change the team name away from a term that’s viewed by many as racially offensive.” 

But, sure, maybe Jeb knows better. Perhaps Dan Snyder’s $100,000 donation to Jeb’s super PAC proved informative.

Here’re some other things Jeb’s been missing lately:

2. “Free Stuff” and “[Black Lives Matter] Is A Slogan”

Jeb last week offensively suggested that the support of African American […]

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Toomey Talks Out Of Both Side Of His Mouth

Sen. Pat Toomey talks out of both sides of his mouth when it comes to a government shutdown.

A few weeks ago he said he didn’t think shutting down the government was a good idea, but this week he voted to shut the government down.

Today, Toomey proved he’s too partisan for Pennsylvania and cares more about shutting down the government than finding a compromise to keep the government open.

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Jeb Bush’s Energy Proposal Would “Significantly” Benefit Top Donors To His Super PAC

A new International Business Times analysis shows Jeb Bush’s energy proposal would “significantly” benefit top donors to his super PAC.

Jeb “Own Man” Bush, indeed.

Jeb isn’t his “own man” on energy policy, he isn’t his “own man” on foreign policy, and he isn’t his “own man” on tax policy — with a plan that would disproportionately benefit the top 1% of income earners, and increase his own after-tax income by $800,000.

International Business Times: Jeb Bush Energy Plan Most Benefits His Top Donors

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Jeb Bush’s Energy Plan: Just Another Republican Big Oil Giveway

Already being compared to “Mitt Romney’s energy platform,” Jeb Bush is rolling out his energy plan in Pittsburgh this afternoon.

In response to Jeb’s plan, American Bridge President Jessica Mackler released the following statement:

“Jeb Bush says his energy plan will help grow jobs, but it’s just another Republican giveaway to big oil. His plan completely ignores how clean energy, such as solar and wind, can benefit the economy while combating climate change. Instead, he has promised to reverse any progress the Obama administration makes by reducing carbon emissions. Jeb Bush is introducing his policy at Rice Energy, a company with a history of environmental infractions, making it clear he could care less about protecting the environment. Just like his big brother, Jeb Bush’s shortsighted plan shows he cares more about helping big oil than the welfare of the American people.”

From the Huffington Post:

Republican presidential candidate Jeb […]

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VIDEO: GOP Field Agrees To Indefinitely Postpone Party Rebrand

Jeb Bush, in fifth place and polling at 7%, is in no danger of being mistaken for the front-runner. But he’s still leading the field in one respect: Jeb’s directing the GOP rebrand — or, leading the effort to bring it to a grinding halt.

The GOP candidates don’t all get along, but they’re in agreement when it comes to abandoning any effort to make the Republican Party more inclusive.

Watch American Bridge’s latest video: “Jeb’s GOP Rebrand: Indefinitely Postponed.”

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Kirk Campaign Fights To Suppress Senator’s Alleged Abuse Of Staff Members

Vulnerable Senator Mark Kirk has been making a lot of news over the last week — though not for reasons he’d like.

Kirk allegedly bullied staff members, subjecting them to both physical and verbal abuse — or so reports a thus-far-unpublished Tribune investigation, according to the Associated Press.

Predictably unhappy about the story, Kirk’s campaign launched an “unusual” counter-attack — threatening “legal action” against the Tribune in an attempt to suppress the report, the AP reported.

But the Kirk campaign’s effort backfired: The threatened lawsuit became public, and Mark Kirk is now publicly defending himself over the alleged bullying.

Here’re some coverage highlights:

Associated Press: Kirk campaign launches unusual attack on Chicago Tribune

Huffington Post: Senator Mark Kirk’s Campaign Pre-Emptively Bashes Chicago Tribune Ahead Of Negative Story

Sun Times: Mark Kirk’s office launches preemptive strike against reporter

Politico: Kirk camp goes on offense against upcoming Chicago Tribune story

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More Anti-Immigrant “Anchor Babies” Rhetoric From Jeb Today?

Will today bring more Jeb Bush anti-immigrant, “anchor babies” alarmism?

According to the Associated Press, a new study‘s found that “over the next 50 years, Asians will have surged past Hispanics to become the largest group of immigrants heading to the United States.”

Given Jeb’s history of using the “anchor babies” slur to disparage American citizens born to Asian immigrant parents, it’s a safe bet to expect more outrage from him today, right?

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