Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, the frequent recipient of attacks from Donald Trump, is out with a new video compilation of the New York businessman taking liberal positions in past interviews.
The video from the Bush campaign comes a day after Trump’s campaign released a social media video drawing attention to Bush’s past statement that illegal immigration is an “act of love” while showing examples of illegal immigrants who have gone on to commit violent crimes.
The video — which the campaign calls “The Real Donald Trump” — shows videos from years ago of Trump taking liberal positions on abortion, health care, taxes and praising the Clintons and saying he identifies with the Democratic Party.
Trump has since explained that his views on issues have changed and he has become more conservatives over the years.
Here are some of the old video clips shown in the Bush video:
On getting caucus voters: “I lived in New York City, in Manhattan, all my life. Ok? So my views are a little bit different than if I lived in Iowa.”
On abortion: “I’m very pro-choice. I’m pro-choice in every respect.”
On health care: “As far as single-payer, it works in Canada. It works well in Scotland.”
On taxes: “The fact is 25 percent for high income people…It should be raised substantially.”
On Hillary Clinton: “Hillary Clinton I think is a terrific woman. I mean I’m a little biased because I’ve known her for years.” “I know her very well, she’s very talented.” “I live in New York, she lives in New York, and I’ve known her and her husband for years and I really like them both a lot.”
On why he is a Republican: “I have no idea.”
On what party he aligns with: “In many cases, I probably identify more as a Democrat.”
But so far, voters who support Trump don’t seem to be bothered by his past embrace of liberalism. The Real Clear Politics national polling average has Trump ahead of all the other Republicans running with 25.7 percent of the vote.
At a recent focus group of Trump supporters led by pollster Frank Luntz, participants dismissed 21 examples of liberal and other problematic past positions.
“The man’s entitled to change his mind on things,” said one woman in the focus group.
“In the last 15 years, how many times have you guys changed your mind on something?” said a man.
“Exactly,” another woman added.