Originally published by Politic365 here.
In the wake of the Florida Republican primary, Politic365 talks with Jeb Bush, Jr.
On the day after Mitt Romney heartily defeated Newt Gingrich to win the Florida Republican primary,Politic365′s Justin Velez-Hagan sat down with Jeb Bush, Jr., COO of Jeb Bush and Associates and co-founder and Chairman of Florida Hispanic Outreach (not to mention coming from the most famous political lineage in the country) to discuss the Florida results, the Hispanic influence on the vote, and whether Mitt Romney has what it takes to finish the job and take the Republican nomination.
Asked why Florida Hispanics voted for Mitt over Newt by a wider margin than the rest of the population, Jeb showed no surprise.
“Newt has been focusing on Hispanic outreach for a long time, but Mitt’s messaging to Hispanics was focused on the economy . . . other issues were certainly important, but Hispanics were focused on having jobs and providing for their families and I think Mitt’s message resonated well.”
According to exit polling, economic concerns beat out immigration with Hispanic voters in Florida by a wide margin.
“Immigration will be a bigger issue [in the Southwest] than in Florida, but at the end of the day, the economy is the number one issue, which is why I’m making the case that Mitt is the most electable and most likely to beat President Obama.”
Listen to the full interview here.