Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush resigned himself to a lukewarm Mitt Romney endorsement today. These two Republicans don't see eye to eye on much—so which Mitt is he endorsing? The "severely conservative" Romney that's desperately trying to appeal to Tea Party voters? Or the Romney who uses an Etch A Sketch—his adviser's own analogy—to reset his positions with nothing more than a shake?
From immigration policy to how much one should pander to appeal to conservative Republican voters, here's a quick reminder of just how much Romney and his latest endorser disagree.
On being conservative:
- Jeb Bush: "I used to be a conservative, and I watch these debates, and I'm wondering, I don't think I've changed, but it's a little troubling sometimes when people are appealing to people's fears and emotion."
- Mitt Romney: "I was a severely conservative Republican governor."
On the DREAM Act:
- Jeb Bush called the Dream Act "a fair policy," saying the undocumented students it benefits were brought to America through "no fault of their own."
- Romney said "the answer is yes" when asked if he would veto the DREAM Act.
On the radical Arizona immigration law:
- Jeb Bush called Arizona's controversial immigration law "the wrong approach."
- Romney called the Arizona law "a model" for how to enforce immigration laws.
On deporting undocumented workers:
- Jeb Bush warned that deportations of undocumented workers would cost billions—and not be very effective.
- Mitt Romney: Illegal immigrants "might have a transition time to allow them to set their affairs in order and then go back home and get in line with everyone else. They start at the back of the line."
On education policy:
- Jeb Bush said he thought it was "a moral requirement to comply" with directive to lower class sizes.
- Romney says smaller class sizes are a "non-reform reform" supported by teachers' unions to get "more teachers,' "more union dues," and "more power."