Jeb Bush said in a radio interview on Thursday that it wasn't appropriate for Sarah Palin to blame President Obama for her son's actions.
Palin's son, Track, was arrested on domestic violence charges earlier this week stemming from altercation in which he allegedly hit his girlfriend while drunk. The former Alaska governor in a speech on Wednesday said President Obama didn't do enough for veterans, citing her son.
"I don't know the details of it, but I do know that we have a problem of post-traumatic stress," the presidential candidate and former Florida governor said on Kilmeade and Friends. "It's a serious problem and that the Veterans Administration needs to do a better job of creating centers of excellence to deal with veterans."
"Our communities need to rise up to help veterans," he continued. "We have homeless veterans, we have people that are suicidal and who have committed suicide. It's a national tragedy, all of us I think have a responsibility to roll up our sleeves — I don't think blaming the president is appropriate."
Still, Bush said, Obama can be blamed for the dysfunction at the VA.
"You can blame the president for the dysfunction of the Department of Veterans Affairs, where they are giving out bonuses totaling $140 million. Included bonuses for people that reduced workloads or the wait list for veterans, but they didn't give veterans care and veterans died, that's a scandal. That I think we all can is the responsibility of the president."
Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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