Final presidential hopeful at CPAC faces unreceptive conservatives

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md., Friday.

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, given the last slot among the presidential hopefuls at the Conservative Political Action Conference, faced some of the most devoted members of the Republican Party’s ideological base, who oppose his stances on immigration and other key issues, with a strategy that diverged from his potential opponents.

Rather than give the typical stump speech, he stood away from the podium and fielded questions in a session hosted by Fox News host Sean Hannity.

Booing arose from the audience when Hannity opened with the subject of immigration, drawing a direct response from Bush.

“For those who made an ‘oo’ sound – is that what it was? – I’m marking you down as neutral, and I want to be your second choice,” Bush said with a smile.

Already, dozens of attendees, as planned, had begun filing out of the auditorium in protest as Bush began to speak. Nevertheless, the main ballroom remained packed.

WND caught up with a few of the protestors and asked why they walked out on Bush.

“Immigration and common core,” said one middle-aged woman with a Nordic accent. “Being a foreigner, it took me 16 years to get my citizenship, you know.”

She said she was a bit offended by Bush’s lax stance on immigration: “I worked too hard to get my citizenship.”

“Not a fan of Bush,” said a young Hispanic man who explained, “We simply don’t need another Bush or another Clinton in the White House.”

And elderly man said: “I am not a Jeb Bush fan. Too liberal for me. He shouldn’t be here talking to a conservative group.”

A young woman wearing a Cruz button who serves in a Christian youth mission told WND she simply found Bush too boring.

‘My mother changed her mind’

Bush’s remarks were received with polite applause that failed to reach the level of enthusiasm the CPAC conservatives showed for Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.

Written by JEROME R. CORSI
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