Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush visited Oskaloosa Wednesday afternoon at Smokey Row Coffee Shop.
Bush spoke for about 20 minutes regarding his general plans as the president to open his speech. He highlighted foreign policy, especially in the Middle East, and education as the two major bullet points of his monologue.
Bush followed that with a question and answer portion of the town hall visit in the packed coffee shop.
Bush fielded questions regarding the second amendment, the right to bear arms, and other military based inquiries. The candidate said that in order to get back to the way things were in more prosperous times, the United States has to be the world leader, and “enforce peace by strength.”
Bush stated the U.S. does not have to be ready to go to war frequently, but rather, to engage presence throughout the world so other countries are aware that America is the world leader.
Bush was also asked about mental health. He said there hasn’t been as much innovation to diagnose and fix brain-related health issues, which has been a setback in the field. One of his main goals in healthcare as the president would be to put brain research and mental health research at the forefront of the medical agenda.
Regarding state and federal law, Bush was asked about Kim Davis, the Kentucky Clerk of Court who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Bush explained that the law is the law, but that law can be changed to allow people like Davis to exercise their freedom of religion and appease their religious conscience. The law should protect those rights, according to Bush.
The question and answer portion of the visit lasted nearly 40 minutes.
In the most recent national polls, Bush is generally positioned in the top six of GOP race behind frontrunner Donald Trump.
The campaign is running toward the Iowa Caucuses on February 1st, 2016, which leads off the primary and caucus season in the country.