- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Wednesday called out Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida for questioning his foreign policy credentials, saying Mr. Rubio’s tenure in the U.S. Senate doesn’t match up with Mr. Bush’s own record on the issue.

At a town hall event in South Carolina, Mr. Bush described Mr. Rubio as a “friend” of his.

“And he said I don’t have foreign policy experience. Wow — coming from a guy whose office has a hard time actually saying what his accomplishments are, who says going to hearings to listen to smart people talk about things, rather than actually leading, that’s kind of a low blow, if you think about it,” he said.

“I know what it is to be commander-in-chief. I know what it is to lead,” Mr. Bush said.

“And for someone who has no experience at all to suggest I don’t, having lived overseas, having worked overseas, developing relationships with leaders overseas, being governor of the fourth-largest state and being a commander-in-chief of the Florida National Guard, with all due respect, Senator Rubio, your four years or five years, or whatever it is as senator, does not match up to my capabilities of understanding how the world works,” he said.

The former Florida governor also went after two other 2016 GOP presidential rivals, businessman Donald Trump and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, on the issue of defense spending Wednesday.

“Donald Trump says we don’t need to spend more money on [the] military, and John Kasich has a similar kind of view,” he said. “They’re wrong.”

Later on, Mr. Bush also dismissed the notion of carpet bombing the Islamic State terrorist group — an idea that has been put forward by Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.

“You can’t carpet-bomb ISIS,” Mr. Bush said. “Carpet-bombing kind of went out in the ‘60s with bell bottoms and long sideburns. We have precision fighters now. … You don’t need to carpet-bomb. That’s just a sign of trying to [get] macho. That’s not a serious policy.”

Former President George W. Bush, whose time in the White House has been closely associated with robust national security policies, hit the campaign trail on behalf of his younger brother earlier this week in the defense-heavy state ahead of Saturday’s GOP primary.

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