Speaking at Furman University on Friday, GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush said that he believes the regulation culture in Washington is killing the economy and holding America back.
“Every time the command and control crowd in Washington tries to impose these rules, all it does is limits people’s ability to get a job and have rising income,” Bush told a town hall audience at the private liberal arts college north of Greenville. Bush was at the campus as part of the Conservative Leadership Project series of town halls.
The former Florida governor said the power must shift for the people to regain control of their government. “This is going to be part of my campaign, is to delineate in detail exactly what we would do to shift power back to the states,” he told moderator state Attorney General Alan Wilson.
Bush referred to the Kentucky clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Kim Davis got national attention after she was jailed on a contempt charge for refusing a court order that she grant the licenses. Bush said religious liberties must be protected. “The real solution if for the Kentucky Legislature to change the law to say that another person can sign that wedding certificate,” he said in reference to Davis’ refusal to attach her own signature to the document for same-sex marriages. Davis’ staff have since granted the licenses without signature.
Bush was in South Carolina as his campaign hit $100 million raised at the end of the most recent quarter. But the fundraising dollars have not equaled success at the polls, where the former governor sat at just 6 percent support in a Gravis poll of South Carolina voters released Thursday. That was the sixth-highest total among the 15 candidates in the GOP race.