Former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.) said late Tuesday that Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Democrats see victory in a voting rights defeat Left laughs off floated changes to 2024 ticket A year into his presidency, Biden is polling at an all-time low MORE’s email scandal is unsurprising, given her laser-like focus on political advancement.
“Hillary Clinton’s life revolves around her political ambitions and that’s why she changes her views based on the public sentiment of the here and now,” he told The Des Moines Register.
“I think that’s the general belief from the get-go,” he said when asked if Clinton’s State Department emails betray her greater political ambitions.
“The idea that she’d have a private email server to begin with, which was prohibited by the Obama administration, is a leading indicator of that,” Bush added of the Democratic presidential front-runner. "We don’t need another hyper-political president.”
The State Department released its largest cache yet of Clinton’s emails on Monday.
One message shows Clinton bemoaning the role of state caucuses during the 2012 presidential election cycle.
“If Mittens can’t beat Grinch in Florida, there will be pressure on state Republican parties to reopen or liberalize ballot access, especially in the caucuses, which as we know are creatures of the parties’ extremes,” she wrote, using nicknames for eventual GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his rival, Newt Gingrich.
The former Florida governor laughed off Clinton’s monikers for Romney and Gingrich, according to the Register.
“I just read it — it was really funny,” Bush said. "She had nicknames.”
Bush then proposed his own call sign for Clinton should he appear in her emails someday.
“45,” he said, referencing which president he would become if elected in 2016.
Bush on Tuesday also rejected Clinton’s claim that the caucuses attract excessively partisan voters.
“[It] doesn’t have to,” he told the newspaper. "It’s just that’s the stereotype."
“I think she’s a little bitter she didn’t do so well in the caucuses,” the 2016 Republican White House hopeful added. "I think she’s informed by the fact that she lost every caucus to a guy who was a two-year, first-term senator.”
Bush was referring to the 2008 Democratic presidential primary, where then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) dominated many caucuses.