Jeb Bush Jr. meets with Iowa State students

Jeb Bush Jr. speaks to those gathered, on his father’s campaign and his plan for the presidency.

Elizabeth Gray

In an effort to reach out to college students, Jeb Bush Jr., the son of Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush, visited with ISU students Thursday afternoon to talk about his father’s campaign for president. 

The visit was a part of a Bush campaign effort to visit as many college campuses as possible this election cycle. Bush said he has a goal of reaching 450 colleges on his father’s campaign and plans on making an effort to spend equal time in every state he visits.

He opened with a brief introduction about his father and his campaign, and he thekn quickly opened it up for questions in regards to Bush’s plans on policy and campaigning.

Several students in attendance asked questions, with most focused on student debt and agriculture policy.

“Enough is enough,” Bush said on taxes. “The way Dad talks about that is, ‘Listen, the most exotic tax plan from Washington D.C. doesn’t even address our debt issues.'”

He then continued to explain that as governor of Florida, Jeb Bush cut taxes every single year. Florida doesn’t have a state income tax, so he had to find other ways to cut taxes within the state to grow its economy. 

When asked about Bush’s plans to scale back regulations put in place by the Environmental Protection Agency to help farmers, he said, “The EPA has been totally out of control with the Fresh Water Act and overregulating and jumping into state and local rights.”

He explained that most of what the Department of Interior deals with occurs in the Midwest, and he said that Jeb Bush wants to move that department to the Midwest to make it more efficient. 

Many reactions after the meet and greet were regarding the way Bush spoke for his father. Throughout the whole event Bush constantly referred to Jeb Bush as “Dad.” 

Samantha Rodriguez, freshman in psychology, and Lauren Balkema, freshman in pre-business, agreed that his use of “Dad” made the event and Jeb Bush seem more personable and human.

A group of Student Government participants said that they liked his stance on giving a lot of power back to states and to cut down on the federal government’s power.

Many, however, are still unsure about who they will end up supporting throughout the election. When asked what can Americans expect from Bush throughout the rest of this campaign, Bush said his father will “keep on cranking” to earn votes.

The campaign is working on building offices throughout the country, fundraising, and building up policy and coalitions. Right now they are preparing for the next debate on Oct. 28, campaign officials said.

“He wants to get to D.C. and actually do something” Bush said.