Jeb Bush hits Obama on Cuba policy

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R), a possible 2016 presidential candidate, on Friday criticized President Obama’s moves to normalize relations with Cuba.

“I don’t agree with the way he’s doing it,” Bush said while appearing at an event hosted by the New Hampshire Republican Party. “I didn’t agree with the fact that he did it in secrecy.”


He argued that the U.S. should have taken a harder line with Cuban President, Raúl Castro, the brother of Fidel Castro, who established the country's communist government.

“Despots don’t go quietly into the night,” Bush said.

In December, the president announced plans to lift some trade and travel restrictions on Cuba and establish an embassy there.

Bush's comments came during the question-and-answer session of the event, where he shared his views on common core, bipartisanship and same-sex marriage.

“Everybody’s waiting for the Supreme Court decision that may change the dynamics of this,” he said of the latter.

“I’m for traditional marriage,” he said to applause. “This is a view, to be fair about it, this is a view that transcends politics. This is not well focus-grouped, and you poll it and all this stuff — this is informed by my faith."

“Traditional marriage has been part of the glue that has kept our society intact."

Bush said that he had "no animus in my heart" for people who took a different position.

Bush's position on same-sex marriage toed the line between a more centrist approach and the staunch opposition favored by conservatives.

Though he is considered one of the probable frontrunners should he choose to run, Bush has not said when he plans to announce his plans on a White House run.