Jeb Bush defends his decision to honor Hillary Clinton

Jeb BushFormer Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will award former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday with the 2013 Liberty Medal, saying it’s part of a shared interest in the “importance of civic engagement.”

The potential opponents in the 2016 presidential election come together as Bush presents Clinton with the award at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia to honor her lifelong career in public service and her ongoing advocacy efforts on behalf of women and girls around the globe. Bush is chairman of the National Constitutional Center.

“While Secretary Clinton and I disagree on many issues, we certainly agree on the importance of civic engagement,” Bush said in a statement to the Tampa Bay Times.

“The Board looks forward to the Center’s annual celebration of the vision of freedom, responsibility and equality embodied in the U.S. Constitution,” Bush continued.

The event takes place one day shy of the one year anniversary of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that left four Americans dead and critics on the right question Clinton receiving the award because of the controversy centered around that attack.

At the time it was announced that Bush would honor Clinton, talk show host Rush Limbaugh responded by saying, “What in the name of Sam Hill…?”

“This is the kind of stuff that causes my friend I was talking about […] to think the Republican Party has been infiltrated,” Limbaugh added.

And the National Review’s Jim Geraghty questions whether this “pretty much destroys the ‘Jeb Bush 2016′ talk.”

“If Jeb Bush didn’t want to run for the Republican nomination, he could have just said so,” Geraghty wrote.

According to the Christian Science Monitor, the Independence Hall Foundation – an affiliate of the Independence Hall Tea Party Association – plans to hold a coinciding event in Philadelphia Tuesday to promote its alternative choice for the Liberty Medal and host a prayer vigil for those lost in Benghazi.

Tom Tillison

Tom Tillison

Tom is a grassroots activist who distinguished himself as one of the top conservative bloggers in Florida before joining BizPac Review.
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  • Boca Legend

    Politicians are giving out as many meaningless awards as those self-aggrandizing Leftists in Hollywood these days.

    • MarvLS1

      Yep. Too many of them are simply wannabe celebs who couldn’t sing or dance, so they went into politics.

    • V the K

      Jeb Bush needs to be put on constant, intravenous injections of STFU.

  • V the K

    I never thought I would agree with Al Sharpton on anything but… Stay Out The Bushes!

    • MarvLS1

      It was Jesse Jackson who said that, but it still applies…

    • Paulita Gilberto

      That was Jesse Jackson!

  • V the K

    Seriously, this is like giving Robert F. Kennedy the ‘Husband of the Year’ Award.

    • car333

      Or Bill Clinton.

  • Larry Mellette

    The only accomplishment this woman has is flying over 900,000 miles on our dime. Lot of jet fuel, plus aircraft maint. costs. She cost a large sum of money for nothing. One other observation. Constitution and Hillary’s name should not be in the same sentence.

    • Pudentiana

      You forgot that she has now officially made the pantsuit obsolete.

  • MoBetter2

    Does anyone yet wonder why we Floridians are still rejoicing that JEB Bush is no longer our Governor? He thinks he will still be thought of as a viable Republican candidate for president after presenting Hitler-y Clinton with a medal? JEB, get lost again, please! But this time stay L-O-S-T!

  • Abunchofbullshit

    We know what she is, and now I hope the Jeb ‘Believers’ see what he is!! Only chance to turn this country around is with strong Conservatives, and Jeb isn’t close, which is probably why his mom even told him not to run! Look at the election that just happened in Australia; the far right Conservative ran on his beliefs, didn’t change or falter, was constantly attacked by the left and the press yet he stood his ground and made fun back at them, and won a landside…..on all the same issues we have here. Who says we have to cave and have “civic engagement” Jeb, you and most others just play into these clowns hands!!

  • Jamie Huff

    Why must it always be the “conservatives” who extend the olive branch in the name of civic engagement? Where was the compromise from the left when his brother was in office? Jeb Bush is a gutless coward. Bottom line.

  • MarvLS1

    Jeb, there’s no defense for this disgusting act. You are legitimizing a woman who should have gone to jail 20 years ago.
    I’m so sick of you RINO Bush’s. Why don’t you and your traitor family just go away!
    (pssst. – the New World Order your daddy talked about is a failure)

  • George Blumel

    Jeb has done some very good things in his life and some bad things, too. But this is one of his stupid things.

  • car333

    Just think, she could have Jeb as her VP. WOW what a great country.

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