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Jeb Bush cheered, jeered at conservative confab

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush speaks at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Maryland, outside Washington, DC on February 27, 2015Jeb Bush courted rightwing American voters at a crucial political testing ground Friday, but the presumed Republican presidential frontrunner for 2016 received a mixed reception — including heckles — from wary conservatives. The former Florida governor has work to do to convince some of the Republican Party faithful crowding the annual talk shop known as CPAC at Oxon Hill, close to Washington, where several competing presidential hopefuls are attempting to get core conservatives on side. It is not necessarily as a member of the controversial Bush dynasty — a hurdle that in itself may be a heavy lift — but rather as an establishment favorite whom some here see as a sellout to billionaire donors and Obama-backed policies like immigration reform and education standards. When pressed, Bush said he opposes President Barack Obama’s executive overreach shielding millions from deportation.

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