The statement: Says he was known as “Veto Corleone” for cutting spending as Florida governor.
— Jeb Bush on Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 in a meeting with business leaders in Portsmouth, N.H.
The ruling: Bush said “they called me Veto Corleone” as governor for his frequent use of the line-item veto. He did have a fondness for ruthlessly slashing projects he deemed wasteful or not in line with his agenda. Thrasher confirmed he nicknamed the governor after the fictional mobster. This is one favor we grant Bush.
We rate this claim: True.
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Jeb Bush, a.k.a. ‘Veto Corleone’
Here’s a look at how much then-Florida Gov. Jeb Bush vetoed from each year’s Florida budget:
Total state budget
* The state Supreme Court ruled a $16 million veto in 1999 unconstitutional.