At a town-hall-style discussion in College Station, Texas, this year, Bush had no qualms about discussing factors that would enter into his decision on whether to run for president, including family concerns and whether he could avoid “the vortex of a mud fight.”
And earlier this year, Bush, who is fluent in Spanish, said many immigrants who come to the United States illegally do so as an "act of love" for their families. That phrase in particular infuriated some conservatives.
As for Common Core, Bush has embraced the standards despite the opposition of many Republican governors, who argue it could lead to a federal takeover of schools. Bush's position led Adam Smith, political editor of the Tampa Bay Times, to list him as a loser of the week in Florida politics recently after a local school board voted to opt out of the program.