KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Some Vol fans were excited about more than just the game on Saturday. Republican presidential contender Jeb Bush brought his campaign to the University of Tennessee for a tailgate at Humanities Plaza.
“We need a leader that can fix the things that are broken in Washington, D.C. and I’m that guy and I want your support,” said Bush.
Hundreds showed up as Bush hoped to grow a grassroots network and organize in key states, like Tennessee.
“If you want a country that grows at four percent not two percent, if you want incomes to rise so that the next general can get jobs, if you want a safe, strong and secure America, I hope you’ll get involved in my campaign,” he said.
The presidential hopeful chatting with several supporters right before the big SEC match-up against the Georgia Bulldogs. He even managed to take a few selfies.
“He’s taking the time to talk about the Latino community and also the African-American community,” said student Marie Barajas. “They’re wasting my time when they’re bashing people, we could be talking about real issues and he comes here and talks about things that matter and also trying to connect with the people.”
“I think Jeb coming to college campuses, meeting students and talking about places where republican candidates haven’t been in a while and coming to meet young people, I think that’s awesome,” Greg Butcher added.
Butcher said leadership is important in the next election.
“He was a governor, he has executive experience, I think that’s a huge qualifier for the presidency to have executive experience and when you look at all the governors running, Jeb Bush is by far the better choice,” said Butcher.
Bush plans to attend four SEC football games this season. It’s part of his push to win over more young voters to hopefully win early Southern primary states.