Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush gave the keynote speech Friday night at the Conservative Political Action Conference 2013 Reagan Dinner and received what was described as a “respectful” standing ovation when introduced, as reported by Twitchy.com.
As he laid out what appeared to be the foundation for a future presidential campaign platform, there was a general lack of enthusiasm that brought some to describe it as tepid.
Perhaps, an indication of “Bush fatigue,” as Twitchy suggests.
Calling his vision “the right to rise,” his message was not unlike the “compassionate conservative” theme ushered in by his brother, former President George W. Bush.
In repeating the narrative set by the left that the GOP is the “anti-everything” party, the potential 2016 presidential candidate said:
“Way too many people believe Republicans are anti-immigrant, anti-woman, anti-science, anti-gay, anti-worker, and the list goes on and on and on. … We need to be the party of inclusion and acceptance.”
While presenting a positive, upbeat message of encouragement that sees a bright future, the immediate response from attendees as listed by Twitchy indicates he may have come up a bit short.