Jeb Bush says he 'misspoke' after questioning need to spend $500 million on women's health

Jeb Bush.
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Jeb Bush learned a valuable lesson on Tuesday: Don't go too far off-script (and if you do, don't say that women's health programs aren't worthy of being fully funded).

While speaking to 13,000 people at a Southern Baptist convention in Nashville, Bush said that Planned Parenthood should be cut off from federal funding, and then went a step further by stopping mid-sentence to qualify his remarks and question government support for women's health programs in general, Politico reports. "I'm not sure we need half a billion dollars in funding for women's health programs," he said. "If you took dollar for dollar, there are many extraordinarily fine organizations, community health organizations that exist, federally sponsored community health organizations to provide quality care for women on a wide variety of health issues."

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