On Thursday morning, Jeb Bush said that Marco Rubio doesn't have the "leadership skills" to fix things and likened Rubio to Barack Obama:
Rubio's campaign did not respond to a request for comment on Bush's remarks, but the Washington Examiner's Byron York reports that "Bush has apparently not always felt that way."
Three years ago, during the 2012 presidential campaign, Bush sang Rubio's praises while suggesting Mitt Romney pick Rubio to run for vice president.
"Marco Rubio is my favorite, because we have a close relationship and I admire him greatly," Bush said. "He's probably the most articulate conservative elected official on the scene today. He speaks with great passion about American exceptionalism."
Rubio would "lift the spirits" and "provide some energy" to the Romney campaign, Bush said. But Rose wanted to know if Rubio "has enough preparation to be one heartbeat away from the presidency?"
"I believe so," Bush said. "Look, he has more experience than Barack Obama had when he ran, and more practical experience, certainly has the intellectual acumen and the fortitude to be a good president."
That was three years ago, when Rubio was younger and less experienced than he is today. What a difference a campaign makes.