Jeb Bush

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md., Feb. 27, 2015. (Carolyn Kaster – AP)

By Lesley Clark
McClatchy Washington Bureau
March 7, 2015

URBANDALE, Iowa — Jeb Bush made his Iowa debut Friday night, pitching himself as a conservative governor, while taking a swipe at President Barack Obama and his “former Secretary of State” Hillary Clinton.

The former Florida governor who is making his first appearance in Iowa this weekend as a potential 2016 Republican presidential contender, kicked off events at a fundraiser outside Des Moines for Rep. David Young, R-Iowa. Bush, who told the crowd that he plans to return “with regularity” to the state that plays an outsized role in the presidential primaries — spoke for about 10 minutes before answering questions from a largely friendly crowd.

Indeed, his first questioner said she applauded his support for the Common Core education standards that have rankled many conservatives — including some of his potential rivals.

“Raising expectations and having accurate assessments of where kids are is essential for success,” Bush said. “So I’m not going to back down on that.”

Bush, who is viewed warily by some conservatives in his party for his support of Common Core, touted his two terms as governor of Florida, saying he slashed taxes and took on entrenched unions.

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