After a long-awaited announcement from former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, in which he confirmed that he is running for President in 2016, he began campaigning in New Hampshire, and took the time to criticize Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton, calling her tenure as Secretary of State a “complete failure.”
Bush told Fox News’ Sean Hannity that while he sees Clinton as tough and smart, he doesn’t think she accomplished much as a New York Senator, and he sees her tenure as Secretary of State as a “complete failure.”
“She’s smart. I think she’s smart, I think she loves the country,” Bush said. “I don’t ascribe bad motives for people that I don’t agree with. But as a senator, I think she passed – she has her name on three laws in eight years. And as Secretary of State, in all honesty, the things she’s known for, the reset, the pulling back of our commitments, Libya, to put aside Benghazi, Libya in general. It turns out there was a complete failure.”
Bush also said that he thinks Clinton “needs to answer questions,” about the controversy related to the private email account she used for government business during her tenure as Secretary of State. “She needs to do the exact same thing that candidates running for President do,” Bush said.
While Bush is criticizing Clinton now, he has commended her tenure as Secretary of State in the past. On September 10, 2013, one day before the first anniversary of the terrorist attack on a US Embassy in Benghazi, Libya, Bush presented Clinton was with the prestigious Liberty Medal, on behalf of the National Constitution Center.
The medal was given to Clinton, “in recognition of her lifelong career in public service and for her ongoing advocacy efforts on behalf of women and girls around the globe.”
“Former Secretary Clinton has dedicated her life to serving and engaging people across the world in democracy,” Bush said. “These efforts as a citizen, an activist, and a leader have earned Secretary Clinton this year’s Liberty Medal.”
Bush is one of 12 Republican candidates, and Clinton is one of four Democratic candidates who have announced they are running for President. While some have suggested that the 2016 election will come down to Clinton vs. Bush, other candidates such as Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) have said that the country is ready for something new.
Paul told Breitbart News that he believes the American public is ready for new leadership in 2016, rather than electing another Bush or another Clinton.
“I think there is some Bush-Clinton fatigue and I really sense that people are looking for something new—something this century kind of stuff. I think there’s a hunger for something new out there,” Paul said. “I would be surprised really if we end up with a Bush or a Clinton. I will be shocked to tell you the truth.”
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