Jeb Bush: Romney’s campaign ‘wasn’t the best’

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush is heartbroken that Mitt Romney isn't president right now, he said on MSNBC Tuesday morning. But the potential 2016 candidate said Romney's campaign could have been better.

"I wish Mitt Romney was president right now because I I think we'd have someone who would be in the midst of trying to forge consensus," Bush (R) said. "It breaks my heart that he's not there, he's a good man. And he didn't run -- his campaign wasn't the best. But he would have been a really fine president."

Romney spoke about his loss Sunday, in his first public interview since the election.

“We were convinced that we would win,” Romney said. “We saw that the polls were close. But we knew that the energy and passion was with out voters, and my heart said we were going to win.”

Bush also addressed his position on illegal immigration, saying in his new book "Immigration Wars" that he supports a "path to legalization," not a path to citizenship. He told NBC News Monday night that he was open to a path to citizenship, although his new book calls it "an undeserving reward for conduct that we cannot afford to encourage."

An anonymous Romney adviser attacked Bush in an interview with the Miami Herald, saying, “He spent all this time criticizing Romney and it turns out he has basically the same position."

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