The New Hampshire summit opens window into current GOP
Saturday’s Republican gathering in New Hampshire did little to tell us who’s up and who’s down in the GOP’s 2016 field -- remember, that election is still two years away. But it did tell us that today’s Republican Party is more distant from the Bush family (especially George W. Bush and brother Jeb) than at any point since the 43rd president left office in early 2009. At the New Hampshire Freedom Summit -- which heard from the likes of Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, and Rand Paul -- Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) delivered one of the more well-received lines at the conference when she criticized the Common Core education standards that Jeb Bush supports. “We need to replace Common Core with some common sense!” she said. In fact, NBC’s Kasie Hunt says Common Core was the loudest applause line at the confab. The crowd also booed when another speaker, Donald Trump, mentioned Jeb Bush’s recent remark that illegal immigration is “act of love.” After the event, Rand Paul later told ABC that Jeb could have been “more artful” with his words. “I don't want to say, oh, he's terrible for saying this. If it were me, what I would have said is, people who seek the American dream are not bad people," Paul said. "However, we can't invite the whole world.
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