Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush lays out his foreign policy views, seeking to lay to rest concerns his views might be influenced by his father and brother. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Republican Jeb Bush on Wednesday laid out his foreign policy views, seeking to lay to rest any concerns his views might be influenced by the presidential legacies of his father and brother. With opinion polls showing Bush a front-runner among Republicans jockeying for the 2016 presidential nomination, he appeared set on avoiding getting entangled in debates about the foreign policy legacies of both past presidents Bush. Bush addressed the issue head-on in a speech at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He stressed the changed global circumstances that await the next president. "I love my father and my brother. I admire their service to the nation and the difficult decisions they had to make. But I am my own man, and my views are shaped by my own thinking and own experiences," he said. While distancing himself from the legacies of his father and brother, Bush also sought to differentiate his foreign policy from that of President Barack Obama, a Democrat whose leadership Bush said has failed. He criticized Obama's approach to Iran's nuclear efforts, urging Congress to ramp up sanctions if negotiations fail. Bush also said he is eager to hear a controversial speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the U.S. Congress next month. He said he was surprised by the White House's reaction to the planned speech, organized by congressional Republicans. Obama has said he will not meet with the foreign leader to avoid the appearance of interfering in Israel's national elections on March 17. The Republican presidential hopeful called for Obama to work with lawmakers to boost the defense budget, saying the U.S. military power should be rebuilt.