Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Jeb’s Support for Common Core Doomed His Candidacy From the Start


Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

After his disappointing fourth place finish in Saturday’s South Carolina primary, Jeb Bush announced he was suspending his 2016 presidential campaign, bringing an end to his long descent from an early GOP front runner to an unpopular establishment also-ran.

While many factors contributed to the failure of Jeb’s candidacy, one issue in particular stands out due to the significant damage it wrought on his campaign: Common Core. The Daily Caller yesterday quoted Emmett McGroarty (a contributor to The Pulse 2016) in underlining just how badly Bush’s support for Common Core ultimately hurt him with primary voters:

“From the very beginning, Governor Bush’s stubborn support for the low-quality Common Core standards permanently damaged his credibility with voters — and not just with conservatives but with voters across the political spectrum,” Emmett McGroarty, director of the American Principles Project, said in a statement sent to The Daily Caller.


“Let Governor Bush’s fate be a lesson for all politicians. Voters want to see politicians not only oppose Common Core but actively work to eliminate it and return control of education to local and state government,” McGroarty declared on Saturday night.

“Politicians — and it doesn’t matter which party — who fail to fight Common Core will be severely handicapping themselves on Election Day,” he warned.

Let’s not forget that Emmett predicted Gov. Bush’s eventual failure more than a year ago. From The Washington Post:

Though conservatives oppose the Common Core, general polling has not produced a clear picture of how most Americans feel about the standards. Nevertheless, Emmett McGroarty, a lawyer for the American Principles Project, said Thursday that a pro-Common Core Republican presidential nominee would be “unelectable” in 2016. McGroarty’s warning was a not-so-veiled reference to former Florida governor Jeb Bush, a strong supporter of the Common Core.

Only five GOP candidates now remain. Here were their grades on APP’s Common Core report card, published last August:

Paul Dupont is the managing editor for

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