Make no mistake, the Republicans are very clear on the fact that they believe Hillary Clinton is the favorite to win the 2016 Democratic nomination, and they’re wasting no time in forming a line of attack early in the process.
Report from the New York Daily News:
Ex-Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who is all but certain to run after unveiling a leadership PAC earlier this week, got the ball rolling Wednesday night, when he dissed the presumed Democratic front-runner, Hillary Clinton, at an event in Connecticut.
Bush, speaking at a closed-door fundraiser in the wealthy town of Greenwich, suggested that the former Secretary of State would be forced to defend President Obama’s perceived foreign policy blunders and may have a tough time running on the record of her husband, Hearst Connecticut Media Group reported, citing people present at the event.
“He said, ‘If someone wants to run a campaign about ’90s nostalgia, it’s not going to be very successful,’” an unnamed attendee told the outlet. [Emphasis added]
Nearly 200 people were present for the fundraiser, held at the home of former Goldman Sachs executive Charles Davis. Bush spoke for about 30 minutes and took questions for another 30 minutes, Hearst reported.
Reportedly in attendance were several officials from the administration of his younger brother, George W. Bush, including former Attorney General Michael Mukasey.
But the younger Bush apparently tried to distance himself from both former Presidents in his family, rhetorically asking one attendee: “Do you have a father? Do you have a brother? Are you the same person?” [Emphasis added]
This gives us a little insight into the narrative against Hillary Clinton and the way Jeb intends to handle the connection of his last name to the administrations of his brother and father.