Bush vows to fix VA as Trump holds rival event for veterans

Jeb Bush vowed that his "first duty" as president would be to fix the Veterans Administration at the GOP debate Thursday night.

Bush spoke about veterans while GOP presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpBill Maher: Colin Kaepernick ‘an idiot’ Latino press rails on Trump over Miss Universe Trump: Bill Clinton no friend to Poland MORE, who skipped the debate, held his own rally for former military members just miles away.

Fox News moderator Bret Baier asked former Gov. Jeb Bush (Fla.) about the allegations of lavish spending by the Wounded Warrior Project's employee retreats and asked if he would police such charities if elected commander in chief.

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"Of course, and there's all sorts of ways it can be done at the state, local and federal level," Bush responded about making sure charities used their funds appropriately.

"The first duty of the next president of the United States is to fix the mess of the Department of Veterans Affairs. That's his first responsibility," Bush said. He also criticized the VA's spending on bonuses.

"People died, and only three people have been fired," a feisty Bush added. "I will make sure that we fire the sheer incompetence inside the Department of Veterans Affairs."

Fox then played a YouTube clip from Google, a debate partner, where a veteran asked about using new technology. Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.) fielded a question after the video about using body cameras for law enforcement officials to better allow for scrutiny of police actions.

Trump declined to participate in the Fox debate Thursday night after feuding with the network and host Megyn Kelly this week. He is instead holding his own event to raise funds for veterans and wounded warriors.