[lg policy] Bush does first Spanish-language TV interview of campaign

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Bush does first Spanish-language TV interview of campaign

In this photo taken K=June 15, 2015, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush stands on
the stage before announcing his bid for the Republican presidential
nomination, at Miami Dade College in Miami. In his first Spanish-language
television network interview since launching his 2016 presidential
campaign, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush fielded a wide range
of questions, from the upcoming GOP debate to Donald Trump, from Latin
American foreign policy to his taste in music, and whether he had ever
experienced discrimination. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

MIAMI (AP) — In his first Spanish-language television network interview
since launching his 2016 presidential campaign, Republican presidential
candidate Jeb Bush fielded questions ranging from the upcoming presidential
debate to Latin American foreign policy to whether he had ever experienced
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The brother and son of presidents, who is fluent in Spanish and speaks the
language at home with his Mexican wife, shared an experience his son George
P. Bush, who is now 39 years old, had when he and his Hispanic baseball
teammates traveled north in Florida to play in a game.

"George, he's dark-skinned, and they spoke horrible things about those from
Miami," Bush recalled, without offering details. "I had to explain ... that
people who hate are not the majority, and we must accept them and move

The interview with Telemundo's "Enfoque con Jose Diaz-Balart" ("In focus
with Jose Diaz-Balart") airs Sunday at noon (1600 GMT). Telemundo provided
a translated transcript of the interview to The Associated Press.

Bush has been busy this week courting minority voters, who voted
overwhelmingly for Barack Obama in the past two presidential elections.

On Friday, he spoke to hundreds attending the National Urban League in Fort
Lauderdale and last Monday was in Florida at a luncheon with a diverse
group of pastors and other religious leaders, many of whom were Puerto

When asked in the Telemundo interview about billionaire Republican rival
Donald Trump, whose ratings have soared, Bush said "I'm not too concerned
about that."

He said he planned to focus on his record as Florida governor at next
Thursday's Republican debate in Cleveland, the first of the 2016
presidential campaign. As governor, he said, he cut taxes, reformed
education and grew the Florida economy.

Pressed by Diaz-Balart about immigration reform, Bush promised he would
make the issue a top priority if elected president.

"To arrive here legally has to be easier than to arrive here illegally,"
said Bush. Like other Republicans, he wants to see U.S. borders secured
before allowing the estimated 11 million immigrants in the U.S. illegally
to obtain legal status. "I know we can do it," he said.

Bush said immigrants in the country illegally would have to pay "a small
fine" and learn English to remain in the country as legal residents, and
would not be eligible for government benefits.

On foreign affairs, Bush was critical of Obama's new Cuba policy, wants the
U.S. to be more active in its support of dissidents in Cuba and Venezuela
and said Congress must act to help Puerto Rico deal with its debt crisis.

"We should assist as much as we can," Bush said, of Puerto Rico.

As for his favorite music, Bush said he loved country, Christian, rap and
Latin. He said he became a recent fan of Pitbull, the wildly popular
bilingual rapper from Miami ("I listen to his music) and has been a
longtime fan of Michael W. Smith, a Grammy-winning Christian music star
("Got a great voice").


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