Former Florida governor Jeb Bush (R) on Friday night offered an extensive vision for the Republican Party's future, arguing that America is on the cusp of greatness even as its economic problems persist.

But in order for Republicans to take advantage of that opportunity and lead the nation going forward, he said, the party needs to stop being defined by what it's against.

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"Way too many people believe Republicans are anti-immigrant, anti-woman, anti-science, anti-gay, anti-worker," Bush said during his speech at the Ronald Reagan Dinner at the Conservative Political Action Conference in suburban Washington. "And the list goes on and on and on. Many voters are simply unwilling to choose our candidates even though they share our core beliefs because those voters feel unloved, unwanted and unwelcome in our party."