BRISTOL, VA (WJHL) – GOP Presidential candidate Jeb Bush campaigned for Virginia Senate candidates in Bristol, Virginia Thursday afternoon and promised he would roll back regulations impacting the coal industry.
The former Florida Governor met with donors at an event at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum organized by the Virginia GOP Senate Caucus.
“I think we need to roll back the aggressive EPA for starters, not just as it relates to coal,” Bush said on the heels of the release of his plan to de-regulate various segments of the federal government.
“This administration has had as a strategy. Their whole effort has been to destroy the coal industry and all the communities that are associated with it.”
When asked about Pope Francis’ praise of President Obama’s efforts to protect the environment, Bush called the Pope someone he greatly admires. “Put aside Pope Francis on any political conversation. I oppose the President’s policies as it relates to climate change because it will destroy the ability to re-industrialize the county, for people to get higher wages, and for people to get jobs.”
Bush said he’s not focused on recent polls which show him consistently trailing candidates like Donald Trump and Ben Carson.
“I’m in for the long haul,” he said. “We have the team and resources to make it to February when the process starts.”
“There’s a lot of grandstanding going on in politics today. It’s all about ‘me, me, me’ … the loudest voice on the stage. And I don’t need to describe it. You see it. A lot of people seem to be entertained by it.”
Bush appeared in Bristol at a fundraiser called “Java with Jeb.” Funds raised went to the growing GOP effort to keep control of the Virginia Senate.
“It’s important,” Bush said. “It’s where most of the policy takes place at the local and state level. I’m excited to be here to help protect the majority in the Virginia Senate.”
We asked Bush about his long-time political foe Governor Terry McAuliffe, the former head of the Democratic National Committee, who is working to help Democrats win back control of the Virginia Senate.
“He’s a great fundraiser. He’s a partisan politician. But he isn’t going to win control of the Senate. I’m pretty confident of that.”
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