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Donald Trump has Jeb Bush defending his brother’s actions during his presidency as questions of immigration and national security inevitably lead to remarks about September 11th. Following Trump’s suggestion that George W. Bush was somewhat responsible for the terrorist attacks, the younger Bush fired back, calling Trump “pathetic” and questioned his ability to lead the nation.
Adam Goodman joined his Fredricka Whitfield on CNN’s Newsroom to talk personal remarks and staying power moving forward.
“It’s very clear to all of this who have known Jeb through the years and have seen what he did in Florida that he has the background, the brains, and the experience… to get things done,” said Goodman. “What he now needs to show… (is that he) can not only take a punch, but deliver a punch.”
Goodman reminded viewers that Bush’s time as Governor of Florida showed an offensive legislator willing to fight to get things done. While Americans may be waiting to see a more aggressive side of Jeb, Goodman says they shouldn’t be questioning whether or not it’s in his character – Bush has already shown he can be effective.
“He had no problem being an aggressive, reform-minded governor,” said Goodman.
Goodman also says that Bush should engage the public and provide answers about how he would govern as President.
“At the end of the day, Jeb’s best case to the American public is ‘been there, done it, not as a go-along, get-along insider, but as someone who has challenged the system.’”
When asked if Bush has staying-power in an already crowded race, Goodman said he could be one of the “stalwarts” remaining as the field winnows.
“Right now, the test is – does he have it to go toe-to-toe with Donald Trump when Trump goes beyond the line.”