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Bush clarifies comments on working longer hours; takes verbal jab at Trump

Chief political correspondent Carl Cameron reports from Washington

 

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is walking back controversial comments he made calling for Americans to “work longer hours” -- insisting his remarks were taken out of context and what he really meant is there needs to be more full-time jobs for Americans.

Bush told reporters at a campaign event in New Hampshire Wednesday night that “people need to work longer hours” to grow the economy. 

But, he clarified to the Boston Herald, he was referring to part-time workers being bumped up to full-time schedules and not full-time employees working longer hours. 

“If we’re going to grow our economy, people need to stop being part-time workers and need to be having access to greater opportunities to work,” Bush said. “You can take it out of context all you want, but high-sustaining growth means people work 40 hours, rather than 30 hours.”

At the event, Bush, who is one of 14 Republican candidates vying for a 2016 presidential bid, also slammed Donald Trump over his comments about Mexican immigrants, the Boston Herald reported.

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Bush told a crowd of about 150 people he was going to “campaign in the Latino communities all across this country – and I might do it in Spanish and in English.”

He also called Trump’s personal attack on him a “weird little controversy.”

Trump re-tweeted a claim that Bush likes “Mexican illegals because of his wife,” Columba, a naturalized U.S. citizen.

“You can love the Mexican culture, you can love your Mexican-American wife, and also believe you can control the border,” Bush said.