Did Jeb Bush Just Imply That He Supports Clinton Over Trump? | Jeb: Hillary's Proposals "Aren't Much Better" Than Trump's

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Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush refuses to answer CNN anchor John Berman's questions about whether he thinks Donald Trump would be a better president than Hillary Clinton, but in his response he lets it slip that in his view, Hillary Clinton's policy proposals "aren't much better" than Donald Trump's ideas.

The exchange begins with Jeb Bush desrcibing the problems with Donald Trump's foreign policy, saying his support for Putin "shows the lack of understanding of where we are in the world today."

"Would he make a better president than Hillary Clinton?" asks the CNN host.

"I don't think Hillary Clinton is going to be elected president of the U.S.," responds Jeb. "She's not trustworthy, and her proposals aren't much better."

Wait? Did Jeb just say Hillary Clinton's proposals "aren't much better" than Donald Trump's?

Next, when asked for clarification, Bush says that he has "learned not to answer questions," because "that's one of the things you do now in political discourse, you only answer what you want to say."

The full interview (which can be viewed at the bottom of the page) also includes a back and forth between Bush and Berman about the pledge Jeb signed to support the GOP nominee, even if it is Trump.

CNN: To be clear, your campaign was doing due dilligence to see if you could pull out of the pledge to support the Republican nominee -- if you could get out of supporting the nominee if it was Donald Trump--

JEB: I, yeah. Exactly. That's right, it was related to his threats to leave the party...

All the other candidates seem to be intimidated by him, I'm not. He's a bully. He's not a serious candidate.

CNN: Do you wish you could pull out of the pledge to support him if he won?

JEB: Look, what I'm focused on is how do we create a strategy to destroy ISIS and the Caliphate... The president refuses to acknowledge it, and neither does Donald Trump...


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Cut by CNN:



Read more from CNN: Jeb Bush has learned not to answer questions.

That's what the former Florida governor said Thursday when asked if Hillary Clinton would make a better president than Donald Trump, his frequent rival on the campaign trail.

"I don't think Hillary Clinton is going to be elected president of the United States," Bush said to CNN's John Berman on "Anderson Cooper 360."

But that didn't answer Berman's question, which Bush acknowledged.

"No, I've learned not to answer questions. That's one of the things you do now in political discourse. You answer what you want to say," he replied with a chuckle.


Cut by CNN:



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Transcript:

CNN: To be clear, your campaign was doing due dilligence to see if you could pull out of the pledge to support the Republican nominee -- if you could get out of supporting the nominee if it was Donald Trump--

JEB: I, yeah. Exactly. That's right, it was related to his threats to leave the party...

All the other candidates seem to be intimidated by him, I'm not. He's a bully. He's not a serious candidate.

CNN: Do you wish you could pull out of the pledge to support him if he won?

JEB: Look, what I'm focused on is how do we create a strategy to destroy ISIS and the Caliphate... The president refuses to acknowledge it, and neither does Donald Trump...

CNN: Would he make a better president than Hillary Clinton?

JEB: I don't think Hillary Clinton is going to be elected president of the U.S., she's not trustworthy, and her proposals aren't much better.

CNN: You didn't answer my questions.

JEB: I have learned not to answer questions; That's one of the things you do now in political discourse, you only answer what you want to say.

CNN: Wait, what. So you're just not going to answer outright? Don't Republican voters deserve to know? You're attacking Donald Trump every day now, which is something you got into reluctantly. But it is now part of your campaign.

JEB: Yeah, I am.

CNN: So, do you think he would make a better president than Hillary Clinton?

JEB: I don't think he's qualified to be --

Oh, absolutely. I'd be a better president than Hillary clinton. That's why i'm running --

CNN No, no -- Would Donald Trump be?

JEB: My point is, he's not qualified to be commander in chief of the United States of the greatest American fighting force. He's had a chance to bone up. God willing he'll do it. The world right now has been turned upside down because of the lack of American leadership. We don't need another version of that as the Republican nominee.


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