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.


97 thoughts on “Jeb Bush defends his decision to honor Hillary Clinton

  1. Tread7 says:

    Jeb you are wrong wrong to give this to Queen Benghazi Hellary!

  2. quillerm says:

    If he thinks any Democrat would ever give an award to a Republican, he is mistaken. Bush kept Unemployment down to an average of 5.7% over eight years. He should get a medal for keeping our economy above water in spite of the Democrats Community Investment Act which caused the Banking Crisis.

  3. 4swain4 says:

    Big error..Jeb. You end up as the loser. I hope you enjoy your notoriety in this decision. I can assure that a lot of us will not forget it. You became a piece of history in my book.

  4. Lee Wood` says:

    My comment is that Clinton is as much a traitor as Hanoi Jane. DC honors dishonorable people.

  5. Kay Ramsey says:

    There is no defense for being a part of honoring that despicable woman!

  6. HongryHawg says:

    I’m glad Jeb Bush pulled this heinous act because now he is moved off the stage for contender of POTUS. He more than shot his chances in the foot. He shot it in the head. One more thing. Civic engagement? From Killery Klinton? Puhleeze!

  7. Gail Krauthoff says:

    I can only shake my head in wonder as to why Hillary can be rewarded or awarded for or with ANYTHING short of a jail sentence unless she and Bill have so much information on others as to make them untouchable. This is my thought about Obama as well especially after his gathering of information from the IRS as well as tapped phone lines and the AP information. This people are despicable!

  8. Ted Paine says:

    I got news for ya Jeb-you weren’t going to be a contender for 2016 anyways…

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