Jeb Bush stands firm on immigration, Common Core in Fox News interview

Willie Grace | 5/12/2015, 1:25 p.m.
The former Florida governor's support for overhauling U.S. immigration laws -- including backing a path to legal status for undocumented ...
Jeb Bush Jr.

Bush also defended his education record, saying his support for Common Core is based on a need for higher educational standards -- but those should be state-driven, with no influence from the federal government, he said.

He also acknowledged critiques of specific questions on Common Core-related standardized tests.

"Common Core means a lot of things to different people, so they could be right based on what's in front of them," Bush said.

Bush also said he would have done the same as his brother in deciding to go to war in Iraq if he had been president at the time.

His comments come in the wake of Bush's private statement that he relies on his brother, former President George W. Bush, as an adviser on some Middle East affairs.

"I would have [authorized the invasion], and so would have Hillary Clinton, just to remind everybody. And so would almost everybody that was confronted with the intelligence they got," Bush said in the interview.

Clinton's 2003 vote in support of a resolution to green-light the war in Iraq was a key part of the 2008 campaign, with then-Sen. Barack Obama hammering her hawkish stance. It could help Bush blur lines between the two when it comes to his brother's legacy.

Bush said the United States should have focused more on security in Iraq, but said his brother agrees on that point.

"By the way, guess who thinks that those mistakes took place as well? George W. Bush," he said. "Yes, I mean, so just for the news flash to the world, if they're trying to find places where there's big space between me and my brother, this might not be one of those."

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