By Associated Press - Friday, September 22, 2017

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has told a crowd at Saint John’s University that he feels he can still play a role in politics even though he doesn’t plan to run for a major political office again.

Bush spoke at the school Thursday, the St. Cloud Times reported .

Bush said he has been rebuilding his life since dropping out of the 2016 presidential race in February 2016.

“I’m living large in Miami,” he said. “Life’s good.”

He has been mentoring politicians and launched an education reform foundation called Excel in Ed.

Bush said he’s not a fan of President Donald Trump, but that he continues to pray for all leaders.

“He’s not shown his ability to unite the country around a common purpose,” Bush said. “His obsession with his own election is weird, to be honest with you.”

Bush said he approves of Trump’s judicial appointments and foreign policy team.

He said he also supports Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ new recommendations to colleges on how to handle sexual assault accusations. President Barack Obama’s recommendations have been criticized for curtailing the rights of the accused. Bush said political correctness replaced due process for many people.

Bush said he wants politicians to be willing to criticize fellow party members. He also encouraged people to read news and opinions they don’t agree with fully.

“It’s so easy to customize how you acquire your information. … the righteousness rises, and the intolerance rises as well,” Bush said. “Challenge yourself to get outside your comfort zone and listen to people that don’t agree with you.”

Bush said people who are caught up in the political tensions should “turn off cable TV.”


Information from: St. Cloud Times,

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