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Jeb Bush Just Nailed a Flip-Flop-Flip-Flop on the Iraq War

Jeb Bush has flip-flopped-flip-flopped. On Monday, the Republican, who is running for president but hasn’t made it official, was for the Iraq war. https://youtu.be/dYlOXu-Awnk?t=12m53s Under pressure, Bush said a day later he misunderstood the question. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7EZjpQxs3w0 Then he clarified his position. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNsq_8nuJ_I One more time. This type of waffling is impressive, even if the former ...

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Jeb Bush has flip-flopped-flip-flopped.

On Monday, the Republican, who is running for president but hasn’t made it official, was for the Iraq war.

https://youtu.be/dYlOXu-Awnk?t=12m53s

Jeb Bush has flip-flopped-flip-flopped.

On Monday, the Republican, who is running for president but hasn’t made it official, was for the Iraq war.

https://youtu.be/dYlOXu-Awnk?t=12m53s

Under pressure, Bush said a day later he misunderstood the question.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7EZjpQxs3w0

Then he clarified his position.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNsq_8nuJ_I

One more time.

This type of waffling is impressive, even if the former Florida governor hasn’t officially launched a bid for the GOP nomination in next year’s presidential election. But it illustrates one of his biggest challenges to being an attractive candidate: the legacy of his big brother, former President George W. Bush, and his disastrous Iraq policy.

W. is still admired by many in the Republican Party, but keeping him at arm’s length may be something Jeb is forced to do to win over Democrats in a general election. His back-and-forth on the issue shows just how difficult it will be to completely sever family ties.

And just so you’re clear: Knowing what we know now — that the intel on WMDs was trumped up — Jeb Bush would not invade Iraq. Until he would.

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