Stephen Colbert got Jeb Bush to distance himself from his presidential brother — at least a bit.
Appearing on the debut of CBS’s “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” Tuesday, the 2016 Republican presidential contender knocked his brother George for failing to rein in spending in Washington during his tenure in the White House.
“I’m obviously younger, much better looking,” Bush first joked when asked by Colbert how he differs from his brother.
Pressed by Colbert to delineate a policy difference, Bush got serious.
“I think my brother probably didn’t control the Republican Congress spending,” Bush said. “I think he should have brought the hammer down on the Republicans when they were spending way too much because our brand is limited government.”
“You know, you can take care of people — the people that need to be at the front of the line, the development disabled, people that are really struggling,” he went on. “That’s a core value of our party, but we shouldn’t spend so much money on everything else and that’s what we were doing in the last three or four years of my brother’s tenure. He didn’t veto things, he didn’t bring order and fiscal restraint.”