Jeb Bush: Bill Nelson ‘will always vote for more taxes’
Former Gov. Jeb Bush hit the campaign trail today and leveled heavy criticism at U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, saying the Democrat voted “for every liberal idea” when party leadership asked.
Bush stumped today on behalf of one of his successors, Gov. Rick Scott, the Republican nominee challenging Nelson’s re-election this year. And while Bush’s governorship overlapped with the Nelson’s first term, he did not express much nostalgia from the podium.
“With all due respect to the current incumbent, the United States senator, what has he done?,” Bush said. “I’ve been waiting. I can’t think of anything. He must have done something.”
Then he answered his own question.
“Yes he has,” Bush said. “He has voted for every liberal idea that has made it harder for us to progress as a nation.”
Bush said Nelson sometimes would hedge and “dance” on hard or unpopular decisions during his three terms in the Senate, but always buckled when pressured from the left.
“When he is forced to by the leadership of his party, he will always vote for more taxes, more regulation, more government, a weaker national defense.”
That led into a full-throated