¡Hola, Orlando: Jeb Bush speaks to Latinos at Orlando campaign stop

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The first stop on Jeb Bush's presidential choo-choo train through Central Florida Monday was in Orlando, specifically, to meet with local Latino pastors. 

The former Florida governor showed off his bilingual skills at Centro Internacional de la Familia as he answered questions mostly focused on religious freedom and Puerto Rican statehood. Bush is also scheduled on Monday to visit Longwood Events and Rentals at 3 p.m. and Lake-Maitland Civic Center at 4:30 p.m.  



Bush says he thinks that Puerto Ricans, who are American citizens, should have all the rights and responsibilities that come with full citizenship. 

"I believe Puerto Ricans should have the right to self determination," he says. "I have long been a supporter of statehood since 1980." 



Bush also told the crowd that winning the Latino vote was an "integral part" of his campaign. 

"In my re-election, I got a higher vote among Hispanics than I did non-Hispanic whites," he says. "I have Hispanic children. I have Hispanic grandchildren. I'm part of the community." 

In response to a question regarding the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling that same-sex marriage is legal, Bush said he believes religious freedom in the country is under attack. He also said the first thing he would do if he were elected president would be to pray and restore civility in the political process. 

"I want to be president so that we can fix a few big complex things which I think I have the leadership skills to do," he says. 

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