Conservative group ForAmerica has said potential Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush is “unelectable” and sent a video denouncing him to about 8 million supporters.
The video shows Mr Bush presenting potential Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton with the National Constitution Centre’s Liberty Medal, an award for public service.
“I want to say thank you to both Secretary Clinton and President Clinton,” Mr Bush said at the ceremony, referring to both Bill and Hillary Clinton. “Thank you for your service to our country. We are united by love of country and public service.”
The ceremony was held on the eve of the first anniversary of the attack on a US diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya in which two US officials were killed. Mrs Clinton was secretary of state at the time of the attack.
ForAmerica claims that since Mr Bush gave Mrs Clinton an award for her public service, he will not be able to criticise her should the two both run for the presidency in 2016. The end of the group’s video says “Jeb Bush: Unelectable.”
Neither Mr Bush nor Mrs Clinton have confirmed they will run, though both are among the top potential candidates in their respective parties.
“As it stands, Jeb has absolutely no credibility to criticize her because he has already anointed her as a great public servant; and he inexplicably did so almost a year to the day of the Benghazi massacre,” ForAmerica Chairman Brent Bozell said in a statement. “He will lose, and the public will have to suffer at least another four years of Obama’s policies – and anything worse she has in store for America.”
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