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Why is Jeb Bush giving Hillary Clinton an award?

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a possible GOP 2016 White House contender, has agreed to honor Hillary Clinton with an award from the National Constitution Center, for which Mr. Bush is chairman of the board of trustees.

By Correspondent / September 3, 2013

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks in Bryn Mawr, Pa., July 9, 2013. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a possible GOP 2016 White House contender, has agreed to honor Hillary Clinton, another possible 2016 contender, with an award from the National Constitution Center.

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This fracas might fall into the category of “no good deed goes unpunished.”

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a possible GOP 2016 White House contender, has agreed to honor Hillary Rodham Clinton, a leading Democratic presidential hopeful, with an award from the National Constitution Center, for which Mr. Bush is chairman of the board of trustees.

“Former Secretary Clinton has dedicated her life to serving and engaging people across the world in democracy,” Bush said in a statement. “These efforts as a citizen, an activist, and a leader have earned Secretary Clinton this year’s Liberty Medal.”

Cue the outrage!

The Independence Hall Tea Party Association, a group local to the Philadelphia area, where the National Constitution Center is also based, is none too pleased with Bush’s decision. Girding itself for next week’s ceremony, the organization released a statement Monday calling the episode “extremely distressing.” The event, it also noted, will fall almost a year after the attack at the US mission in Benghazi, Libya.

It was on Clinton’s watch as secretary of State that the attack occurred, killing the US ambassador to Libya and three other Americans. Some, conservatives in particular, still question her role in the tragedy and whether she and others in the administration could have done more to prevent it. They also allege a coverup.

The organization faults Bush, meanwhile, for lavishing “glowing praise” on Clinton.

The right-wing media seem to be piling on. Some are suggesting Bush can’t be that interested in the White House if he’s willing to toast a strong potential candidate on the Democratic side.

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