PUNTA GORDA (CBSMiami/AP) — Jeb Bush has returned home for two more days of campaigning after a tough debate in Colorado.
The former Florida governor spoke and took selfies with supporters at an outdoor rally in Punta Gorda Friday night.
Bush told the crowd that American voters are looking for “authenticity” in a presidential candidate and “not a big personality on the stage.”
He said he can fix things in America as he did as a two-term governor in Florida, echoing his new campaign slogan, “Jeb Can Fix It.”
He then attended the “Hurricane Bowl,” an annual high school football game between rival schools Charlotte and Port Charlotte.
In 2004, the area was hit hard by Hurricane Charley and, through Bush’s leadership, they were able to unite school facilities and resources to provide classes for students from both schools.
Bush is also promoting his new e-book, “Reply All,” highlighting his time as Florida’s governor. It’s a compilation of e-mails while in office, discussing hot button issues like gay rights and disaster prep.
The home state swing-through comes after what’s been largely considered a poor performance at the most recent GOP debate, in which Bush and one-time protegé Senator Marco Rubio traded blows over the latter’s Senate attendance.
On Monday, Bush will roll out the “Jeb Can Fix It” tour, hitting Tampa, Orlando and Jacksonville.
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