Republican presidential candidate and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) said Monday that he’d “eliminate” the Supreme Court’s ruling on Citizens United that helped make super PACs popular, CNN reported.
“If I could do it all again I’d eliminate the Supreme Court ruling,” Bush reportedly told CNN host Dana Bash. “This is a ridiculous system we have now where you have campaigns that struggle to raise money directly and they can’t be held accountable for the spending of the super PAC that’s their affiliate.”
Bush’s campaign is largely financially supported by the super PAC Right to Rise, which CNN reported gathered $117.6 million last year.
Campaign communications director Tim Miller reportedly started walking Bush’s comments back, according to MSNBC reporter Benjy Sarlin:
Bush spox @Timodc says CNN misinterpreted candidate on Citizens United. Was reiterating past position, not calling for overturn of decision.
— Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin) February 8, 2016
Donald Trump also reacted on Twitter:
Now that Bush has wasted $120 million of special interest money on his failed campaign, he says he would end super PACs. Sad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 8, 2016