- Associated Press - Thursday, August 30, 2012

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Former Florida Gov. JebBush is urging Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney to connect with people emotionally if he hopes to persuade voters to support him.

Mr. Bush spoke on ABC’s “Good Morning America” in advance of Mr. Romney’s address to the Republican National Convention on Thursday evening.

Mr. Bush noted that Mr. Romney will have to show more of himself, but that will be hard for Mr. Romney, Mr. Bush said, because he’s not suddenly going to come across in a “new-age kind of way.”

Mr. Bush also stressed that Republicans shouldn’t do anything “stupid.” The party must acknowledge the nation’s increasing diversity when addressing issues of immigration and creating a climate of economic growth, he said.

If the political parties ignore demographics, “you do it at your peril,” Mr. Bush said.