His family figured prominently in the question topics, beginning with Bush’s mention during the town hall that his mother Barbara will appear in a campaign ad scheduled for release Friday. Saying that “it’s good to get an endorsement from your mother” Bush said that he has not seen the ad and does not know what it’s content is. Bush was also asked about his brother, former president George W. Bush. Jeb said that he expected to have George W. campaigning for him, but that plans for doing so have not been made. When asked whether he regarded his brother’s presidency a success and what elements he would seek to emulate in his own presidency Bush skipped replying on an overall assessment of the Bush 43 presidency, instead saying “the focus on building a homeland security structure that kept us safe, that avoided further attacks is probably the greatest accomplishment that my brother had,” along with “restoring a constant vigilant effort to protect the homeland”.
Bush was also asked about illegal immigration and the effect of the use of a “non-detained docket”, whether his father’s recent comment that he’s “mellowing out” on same-sex marriage affects Jeb’s view and for a reaction to to former Senator Bob Dole’s description of a Cruz nomination as “cataclysmic” for the Republican party. He avoided the issue of a Cruz nomination, focusing only on saying that he’ll win it over Cruz.
As Bush was departing he was asked if he’s having fun and what the best part of tonight’s town hall. As he wrapped up his answer and again moved toward the door a final, killer question rang out: “Why do you think 4 out of 5 dentists in Florida prefer you over Rubio?”