Jeb Bush defends ‘free stuff’ comments

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Sunday said he did not mean to insinuate that black voters choose Democrats because they want “free stuff.”

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The GOP presidential hopeful said his comments were taken out of context.

“They don’t want free stuff, that was my whole point,” Bush said on “Fox News Sunday.”

Bush said he meant to say increased economic opportunity would allow African Americans to lift themselves out of poverty and off of welfare.

“I think we need to make our case to African American voters and all voters an aspirational message fixing a few big things will allow people to rise up, that’s what people want,” he said.

Bush contrasted the Republican message with the Democratic one in South Carolina campaign stop on Thursday.

“It isn’t one of division and ‘get in line, and we’ll take care of you with free stuff,’” Bush said.

Those comments have been compared to GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s “47 percent” remarks during the 2012 White House campaign.