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Jeb Bush: Today's GOP Is 'Short-Sighted


"The tone of the debate."

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said he's worried about the direction of today's Republican Party, calling the GOP "short-sighted" for its failure to recognize changing demographics.

"In terms of the tone of the debate, it sends the signal, 'we want your support but you really can't join our team,'" Bush said in a wide-ranging interview with CBS' "This Morning" aired Thursday. "That's the short term implications of this and demographically, Latino voters and Hispanic voters will be important, but going forward even more so."

He added, “I think it is short-sighted. I think there needs to be more efforts to recognize the demographics of our country are changing we message our views needs to change as well.”

Bush has expressed similar views in the past, saying he was concerned about the level of rhetoric that emerged during the GOP primary contests.

Bush also sought to shoot down rumors he would be Mitt Romney's No. 2 on the Republican ticket, saying "under no circumstances" would he be the party's vice presidential nominee.

"I'm not going to do it and I'm not going to be asked and it's not going to happen," he said. "That doesn't mean I don't want to enthusiastically support Mitt Romney but I'm not going to be a candidate with him."

Still, he admitted that the 2012 race was probably his time to seek the presidency himself, though said he's not sure he could have even been elected given some of his political views.

"This was probably my time," Bush said. "Although...I'm not sure I would have been successful as a candidate either. These are different times than just six years ago when I last ran."

Bush also said he feels President Barack Obama might owe "a little tip of the hat" to his brother, former President George W. Bush, for his influence on foreign policy, particularly the use of drone attacks to target terrorists.

"It would be nice, a little tip of the hat might be a nice thing, I think it would be helpful for him politically," Bush said of Obama. "[He] doesn't owe helps, just a small acknowledgment that the guy you replaced isn't the source of every problem and the excuse of why you're not being successful I think would help him politically."

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