A spokesperson for former Florida Governor Jeb Bush Wednesday accused his successor, Charlie Crist, of misquoting Bush to justify his flirtation with running again as a Democrat.
Bush made waves back in June when he suggested that Ronald Reagan and his father wouldn't have place in today's Republican Party.
“Context changes; history changes,” Bush said at a discussion hosted by Bloomberg. “Ronald Reagan would have, based on his record of finding accommodation, finding some degree of common ground, similar to my dad, they would have a hard time if you define the Republican Party -- and I don’t -- as having an orthodoxy that doesn’t allow for disagreement,” he said. “We’re in a political system in general that is in a very different place right now.”
"Even Jeb Bush has said that Ronald Reagan would have a tough time today, in today's Republican Party," Crist said today on CNN.
A spokesman for Bush told BuzzFeed that Crist is taking the former governor — always a more conservative Republican, and one with whom Crist has long had a rocky relationship — out of context.
"Charlie Crist will say anything to make himself look good, even if it’s not actually true. If you look at the actual quote, you will see that is not what Governor Bush said," said Jaryn Emhof, a spokesperson for Bush. "Many have ignored the “and I don’t” section of his quote and misinterpreted it as him saying Ronald Reagan and his dad couldn’t win today."
Update: "I think he is embarrassed about his quote now," Crist told BuzzFeed Wednesday. "I've had it with this guy. He can't get nominated. He wants to run for President against his buddy Marco Rubio."
"It's fun to tell the truth," Crist added. "I quoted the man honestly. He's not being truthful with you."
Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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