As reported by Buzzfeed, Bush said:
"Ronald Reagan would have, based on his record of finding accommodation, finding some degree of common ground, as would my dad — they would have a hard time if you define the Republican party — and I don’t — as having an orthodoxy that doesn’t allow for disagreement, doesn’t allow for finding some common ground," Bush said, adding that he views the hyper-partisan moment as "temporary."
"Back to my dad’s time and Ronald Reagan’s time — they got a lot of stuff done with a lot of bipartisan support," he said. Reagan "would be criticized for doing the things that he did."
Republicans, particularly in the House, have certainly been rigid when it comes to something that Ronald Reagan did on a few occasions during his tenure in office — raise taxes. That intransigence is something that Bush calls "temporary," but the success of Tea Party candidates in primaries this year indicates it's going to continue into the next couple of years in Congress, unless Mitt Romney is elected, in which case Republicans might realize that they no longer have to automatically oppose what the president of the U.S. is calling for.
Then again, you still have Grover Norquist and his ilk.
On the Talking Points Memo website, Norquist called Bush's comments "foolish" and "bizarre."
“There’s a guy who watched his father throw away his presidency on a 2:1 [ratio of spending cuts to tax increases] promise,” Norquist said of Bush. “And he thinks he’s sophisticated by saying that he’d take a 10:1 promise. He doesn’t understand — he’s just agreed to walk down the same alley his dad did with the same gang. And he thinks he’s smart. You walk down that alley, you don’t come out. You certainly don’t come out with 2:1 or 10:1."
Not surprisingly, Bush told reporters that he feels a bit out step with Mitt Romney and the rest of his Republican brethren when it comes to their stance on immigration.
Two years ago while on the campaign trail stumping with Bill McCollum in his unsuccessful bid for governor, Bush stood right next to the former Florida attorney general and said he disagreed with McCollum's stance on immigration.
Campaigning months after Arizona passed its controversial immigration bill SB 1070, McCollum and Scott both went to the far right on that issue, something that Bush said at the time he disagreed with.