February 18, 2015 / 6:46 PM / 4 years ago

Jeb Bush calls on Obama, Congress to boost defense budget

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush on Wednesday called for President Barack Obama to work with lawmakers to boost the defense budget, saying U.S. military power should be rebuilt.

Bush, the former governor of Florida, also said the United States needed to be prepared for a long-term commitment to fighting Islamic extremism.

Reporting by Steve Holland and Emily Stephenson; Editing by Susan Heavey

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