Jeb Bush Speech To Start With Defense Of George W. Bush

08/30/2012 09:02 am ET | Updated Aug 30, 2012
  • Elise Foley Immigration And Politics Reporter, Huffington Post

Former Fla. Gov. Jeb Bush will talk education on Thursday at the Republican National Convention, but first he'll get something off his chest. He plans to start his speech by defending his brother, former President George W. Bush, he told "Fox and Friends."

"I'm going to start out with, particularly, recognition that my brother is a person of courage and integrity and honor, and we need people like that in public life," he said. "I love him dearly -- I'm biased about this, and I just feel compelled to do this because almost every day I hear the current incumbent feeling compelled to push down the past to make himself look better."

"When I was growing up, we were spanked when that happened," he added, joking that his "mother was pretty tough."

Other than a video appearance on Wednesday evening, former President George W. Bush hasn't been mentioned much at the Republican National Convention, as HuffPost's Sam Stein reported Thursday.

His brother's speech will change that. Jeb Bush said he feels he needs to defend George W.'s name. "That's kind of my role in life now, is to do that," he said on Fox.

Jeb Bush said earlier this week that Obama needs to "move on" and stop blaming George W. Bush for his economic troubles.

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