Jeb Bush: I'm As Conservative As Any Governor of Past 20 Years

Bush in New Hampshire

MANCHESTER — Do not call Jeb Bush a moderate Republican.

Why?” Bush asked when a questioner characterized him as such Friday. On his way out of a news conference, Bush stopped and turned back. “I have a conservative record, probably the most effective conservative governor,” he said. “I would match my record with anybody that’s thinking about running or any governor of the last 20 years. It’s an I’m-not-kidding conservative record, it’s one of results.”

It wasn’t quite Mitt Romney’s “severely conservative” comment, but perhaps other Republican governors, including Wisconsin’s Scott Walker and New Jersey’s Chris Christie, should consider themselves on notice.

Bush contrasted his style rather than his policies. “Perhaps moderate in tone is misinterpreted to moderate in terms of core beliefs.”