Jeb Bush woos conservatives at CPAC conference
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush was jeered at times when he addressed conservative activists at CPAC. But as Bush faced some of his skeptics, he also drew strong applause as he outlined his vision as a likely presidential candidate.
Bush said he would focus on tax reform and building a stronger national defense, and described himself as a reform-minded conservative.
He was considered a conservative governor in Florida, but his support for Common Core standards and for immigration reform has put him at odds with many conservatives across the nation.
Some conservative activists did walk out of the room as Bush answered questions at CPAC from Sean Hannity.
"I wrote a book about immigration, you know. Instead of opining about what I believe, people may want to read the book," Bush said. "The simple fact is, there is no plan to deport 11 million people. We should give them a path to legal status. Where they work, they don't break the law, they learn English and they make a contribution to our society."
Jeb Bush has not officially announced his candidacy. He is the early Republican frontrunner in the Real Clear Politics average of national polls.