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Bush on Charleston: "I don't know if I could have done what they did"

Friday, February 12, 2016 - 01:15

Republican presidential candidate Bush commended the reaction of Charleston, South Carolina after a mass shooting, saying, ''I don't know if I would have done what they did.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush commended the reaction of Charleston, after a mass shooting, saying, "I don't know if I would have done what they did," at the Faith & Family Presidential Forum at Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina. "I was coming here to campaign in Charleston. We arrived at midnight, and we couldn't go downtown because of the killings," he said. "So, we flew out, and came back several days later," he said. "I was watching this, the arraignment, on television, and I just was sobbing. I don't know if I could have done what they did. I just don't know. It was to forgive that quickly, in such a powerful loving way, it was the most inspirational thing I have seen on television," he said. "This was the most moving thing I have ever seen, and hopefully it will inspire us to to allow for people of faith to act in the public square," he said. "The idea that somehow if you are a Christian, or you are a person of faith of other religions that some how you are -- you are just intolerant, that's in general, the left, how they view it. It's just wrong. And, I think the President needs to set the stage to across the board to find unity of purpose again in this country." Dylann Roof, age 21, faces 33 federal hate crime and firearms charges after authorities said he opened fire during a Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, in June 2015, shooting dead nine parishioners in a crime that shocked the nation and sparked a fierce debate about race and gun control. Jeb Bush has drawn large crowds during his appearances in South Carolina on Wednesday and Thursday after experiencing something of a comeback with a fourth place finish in New Hampshire. He has some ground to make up in South Carolina, however, with Donald Trump enjoying a big lead there ahead of the Feb. 20 primary vote.

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Bush on Charleston: "I don't know if I could have done what they did"

Friday, February 12, 2016 - 01:15