The Note: What Jeb Bush Said and What He Meant


--IN A STATEMENT, A BUSH AIDE CLARIFIED THAT HE WAS REFERRING TO THE UNDEREMPLOYED AND PART-TIME WORKERS: "Under President Obama, we have the lowest workforce participation rate since 1977, and too many Americans are falling behind. Only Washington Democrats could be out-of-touch enough to criticize giving more Americans the ability to work, earn a paycheck, and make ends meet."

--CRUZ WEIGHS IN: From Ted Cruz campaign spokesman Rick Tyler: "It would seem to me that Gov. Bush would want to avoid the kind of comments that led voters to believe that Governor Romney was out of touch with the economic struggles many Americans are facing. The problem is not that Americans aren't working hard enough. It is that the Washington cartel of career politicians, special interests and lobbyists have rigged the game against them."


WHY JIMMY CARTER THINKS BERNIE SANDERS ISN'T REALLY A THREAT TO HILLARY CLINTON. Former President Jimmy Carter said he still sees Hillary Clinton as "inevitably" becoming the standard bearer for her party in 2016, despite Independent Bernie Sanders' recent surge in popularity as he seeks the Democratic nomination, ABC's BEN BELL notes. "From what I can tell as a completely almost disinterested observer from south Georgia -- who's not involved in politics anymore -- there won't be any problem with Hillary getting the nomination because money dominates and she has an inside track to the massive amounts that are going to pour into the Democratic party side," Carter told ABC's GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS. Still, Carter said he suspected that Clinton -- or at least her team -- is concerned with the so-called "Bernie-mentum."

FLASHBACK: ANOTHER TIME THE CLINTONS DRAGGED THE PRESS BEHIND A ROPE. It looks like last weekend wasn't the first time the Clintons have had the press at the end of their rope. A video - unearthed and circulated by the Republican National Committee (and making a splash on social media) - shows reporters being dragged along behind a rope line in a parade featuring Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton, according to ABC's RYAN STRUYK. But it wasn't from last Saturday, when Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign used the tactic with reporters covering her marching in New Hampshire. It comes from former President Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign. The footage shows reporters and photographers scurrying backward while getting dragged by Clinton aides holding a rope. One reporter is pushed aside by a Secret Service agent. Meanwhile, Bill Clinton smiles and waves to the crowd, while Hillary Clinton and daughter Chelsea walk at his side.


GEORGE W. BUSH CHARGED $100,000 TO US VETERANS CHARITY. Former President George W. Bush charged $100,000 to speak at a charity fundraiser for U.S. military veterans severely wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, and former First Lady Laura Bush collected $50,000 to appear a year earlier, officials of the Texas-based Helping a Hero charity confirmed to ABC News. The former President was also provided with a private jet to travel to Houston at a cost of $20,000, the officials said. The charity, which helps to provide specially-adapted homes for veterans who lost limbs and suffered other severe injuries in "the war on terror in Iraq and Afghanistan," said the total $170,000 expenditure was justified because the former President and First Lady offered discounted fees and helped raise record amounts in contributions at galas held in 2011 and 2012. One of the wounded vets who served on the charity's board told ABC News he was outraged that his former commander in chief would charge any fee to speak on behalf of men and women he ordered into harm's way, ABC's MEGAN CHUCHMACH and BRIAN ROSS report.


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