Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush sat down with ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl on Sunday for a discussion about the Republican tactics which led to the government shutdown. Bush said that he sympathizes with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) desire to defund the Affordable Care Act, but advised hi m to exercise a “bit of self-restraint” when it comes to tactics.
Bush began by taking aim at Cruz’s tactics. He observed that the GOP actually lost ground with the public over the course of the shutdown and ironically made significantly reforming the ACA that much harder.
“Tactically it was a mistake to focus on something that couldn’t be achieved,” Bush said.
Karl had recently interviewed Cruz who said that he has no regrets in his effort to do everything he could to stop the implementation of the ACA. “He told me that he will now do anything he can to stop Obamacare,” Karl reported. “He does not rule out pushing to the brink once again.”
“I think the best way to repeal Obamacare is to have an alternative,” Bush replied. “you never hear the alternative.”
“You can do this at a much lower cost with improved quality based on our principles – free market principles,” Bush added. “And, two, show how Obamacare – flawed to its core – doesn’t work.”
“So, have a little bit of self-restraint,” he concluded. “It might actually be a politically – a better approach to see the massive dysfunction. But we don’t hear about that because we’ve stepped on the message.”
Bush advised the GOP to allow the ACA’s failure and replacement to happen “a little more organically.”
Watch the clip below via ABC:
h/t MoFo Politics
[Photo via screen grab ]
Have a tip we should know? [email protected]