Why is Jeb Bush sharing the stage with President Obama?

SMU Political Scientist Cal Jillson talks about former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and President Obama making a joint appearance together.

By Linda Feldmann, Staff writer

The scene on stage Friday (March 4) at a Miami public high school will be eye-catching: the Republican former governor of Florida, Jeb Bush, alongside President Obama.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan invited former Governor Bush to appear with the president at an education event in Florida, and Bush in turn recommended the venue – Miami Central High School, which has made strides in turning itself around. . .

One thing is for sure: If Bush has any say in the matter, there won’t be a photo op of Obama giving him a big hug, a la former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist, whose embrace with Obama dealt a mortal blow to his Senate campaign.

“The picture I want to see is Obama chasing [Bush] around the stage trying to give him a bear hug,” says Cal Jillson, a political scientist at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

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