POSTED: Monday, June 11, 2012 - 5:29pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, June 12, 2012 - 9:26am
(CNN) -- One of the GOP's leading voices said Monday that former President Ronald Reagan, considered an idol among Republican politicians, would struggle to mesh with today's hyper-partisan attitude among some elected officials.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, speaking to editors at Bloomberg, also said his father, former President George H.W. Bush, would have trouble fitting in with today's Republican Party.
"Ronald Reagan would have, based on his record of finding accommodation, finding some degree of common ground, as would my dad - they would have a hard time if you define the Republican party - and I don't - as having an orthodoxy that doesn't allow for disagreement, doesn't allow for finding some common ground," Bush said, according to the website Buzzfeed.
The remarks were nearly immediately highlighted by President Barack Obama's re-election team, which emailed the comments to a press distribution list. Obama's team has itself struggled in recent weeks with off-message comments from campaign surrogates, including former President Bill Clinton and Newark, New Jersey, Mayor Cory Booker.
Jeb Bush said an attitude of bipartisanship existed during the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations.
"Back to my dad's time and Ronald Reagan's time - they got a lot of stuff done with a lot of bipartisan support," Bush said, according to Buzzfeed.
Today's White House and Congress don't reflect the same attitude, Bush said, placing much of the blame on Obama.
"His first year could have been a year of enormous accomplishment had he focused on things where there was more common ground," Bush said.
Last week Bush made headlines when he broke with many in his party on taxes, saying he favored slight tax increases in return for large cuts in spending.
When pressed in the hearing, Bush said he also disagreed with popular pledges authored by Washington anti-tax heavyweight Grover Norquist and his group, Americans for Tax Reform.
"I ran for office three times. The pledge was presented to me three times. I never signed the pledge. I cut taxes every year I was governor," Bush said.