“Now we look alike… so it’s been said,” sings Freddy Cole, brother of Nat King Cole, in one of his more popular songs. “But I’ll stress a point to make you see, I’m not my brother, I’m me.”
One begins to wonder whether Jeb Bush should just hire Cole to play in the background of all his interviews as subliminal messaging.
In an interview with Megyn Kelly that will air Monday evening, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush reiterated the point that he is not his brother. After his commencement speech at Liberty University, Bush told Kelly in a sit down:
“I love my brother and I respect his service. And in terms of living presidents and someone who has lived this and breathed it, the fight against terror and our relationships, starting with Israel, but how you build relationships with the countries that are so essential to create security in the world, I do rely on him, and I respect his advice…
Am I the same as my brother? Of course not. I’m not.”
The potential GOP candidate has faced many questions about what the foreign policy of a 3rd Bush in the White House would look like, and has continued to stress his individuality.
“I love my father and my brother. I admire their service to the nation and the difficult decisions they had to make,” Jeb said at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs back in February. “But I am my own man — and my views are shaped by my own thinking and own experiences.”
Despite the company line, Jeb recently cited his brother as a top advisor on Israel and the Middle East. The Washington Post reported last week that while speaking about Israel at the Metropolitan Club on Tuesday, Bush told a crowd of high-powered investors, “If you want to know who I listen to for advice, it’s him.” It should be noted that Bush 43, who has been heralded by his brother and many conservatives as a policy expert on Israel, made his first official visit to the Middle Eastern nation in 2008 (the last year of his presidency).
The former Governor also discussed his thoughts on police misconduct in America, claiming that he doesn’t think “it’s a systemic problem.”
“I don’t think it’s a systemic problem,” Bush told Kelly on whether he thinks police departments are responsible for situations like Baltimore and Ferguson. “Poverty and generational poverty which is really the great challenge, one of the great challenges of our time is a problem and the welfare state liberal progressive approach to this has failed.”
The full interview will air tonight at 9PM/ET on Fox News Channels’ “The Kelly File.”