Jeb Bush, drawing fire for suggesting that the current Republican Party would have been hostile not just to his father, but to President Reagan as well, took to Twitter on Tuesday to clarify his remarks.
“The point I was making yesterday is this: The political system today is hyperpartisan. Both sides are at fault,” he said. “My dad & Reagan sacrificed political points for good public policy.”
"Back to my dad’s time and Ronald Reagan’s time – they got a lot of stuff done with a lot of bipartisan support," Bush said Monday during a meeting with the Bloomberg staff in New York City.
Reagan "would be criticized for doing the things that he did," he added, calling the country’s political climate “disturbing.”
“Ronald Reagan would have, based on his record of finding accommodation, finding some degree of common ground, as would my dad, they would have a hard time if you define the Republican Party — and I don’t — as having an orthodoxy that doesn’t allow for disagreement, doesn’t allow for finding some common ground,” Bush said.
Bush pointedly admonished Democrats for their own perceived partisan actions in his follow-up Tuesday.
“Past four years, Democrats have held leadership roles with opportunities to reach across political aisle. For sake of politics, they haven’t.”