Jeb Bush in NYC: Income Inequality Not Holding Americans Back

NEW YORK (AP) -
Former Florida Gov, Jeb Bush on Thursday takes a picture with Jason Ertischek as he arrives to an event in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Former Florida Gov, Jeb Bush on Thursday takes a picture with Jason Ertischek as he arrives to an event in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Jeb Bush, speaking after a Republican breakfast Thursday, said economic inequality is not what is holding Americans back.

“The challenge isn’t that some people are successful and some people aren’t. Taking from the successful people to provide for those that aren’t isn’t the solution,” said the prospective Republican presidential candidate to reporters on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. “The solution is, how do you build capacity so people can achieve earned success?”

Bush, the former governor of Florida, ridiculed Mayor Bill de Blasio’s claims of rising income inequality.

“I’m not a big fan of the progressive agenda,” Bush said. “I’m not a big fan of higher and higher taxes.”