- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 20, 2015

NEW LONDON, N.H. — Republican Jeb Bush told voters Thursday at a campaign stop here that, if elected, his first act as president would be to pray.

“The first thing I’m going to do — this is not a corny thing because this is an awesome responsibility — is hopefully go to Mass,” Mr. Bush told a crowd at MacKenna’s Restaurant when a retail campaign stop turned into a impromptu town hall meeting.

Mr. Bush converted from Episcopalian to Catholicism two decades ago, adopting the religion of his Mexican-born wife.

Mr. Bush said that after attending Mass, he would then get to work in the Oval Office by calling foreign leaders to reassure them that he would be a more reliable partner that President Obama.

“I think you need to talk to world leaders and say, ‘America’s back. We’re going to have your back. I don’t want to use grandiose language here, but when we speak, you’ll know it’s real and you’ll know it’s authentic,’” he said.

The former Florida governor is among the top GOP contenders but trailing businessman Donald Trump in polls of voters nationwide and in New Hampshire, home to the nation’s first primary election.

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