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5 things you probably missed at Jeb Bush’s announcement

Pro-immigration demonstrators leave the site where Jeb Bush announced his candidacy.
Pro-immigration demonstrators leave the site where Jeb Bush announced his candidacy. AP

The Editorial Board was on the scene — and saw what was happening out the TV cameras’ range:

▪ The Miami Dade College Kendall Campus gym was not entirely full for the Jeb Bush presidential announcement. Just before the rally went live, Bush staffers tried to move supporters sitting in the back to the front section of the gym.

▪ In the audience, there was a large contingency from the local chapter of “Asians for Jeb Bush.”

▪ Former Miami Herald Opinion Page columnist Helen Aguirre Ferré, who is working for the Bush campaign, served as the master of ceremonies before the national live feed.

▪ A group of immigrant rights protesters, wearing neon green T-shirts spelling out a message, were led out of the gym when they began to loudly protest.

▪ There were several speeches that were not aired: One was by Broward mother Berthy De La Rosa-Aponte, who has a special-needs child. She told the audience Bush helped her daughter during his years as Florida’s governor. As a result of his kindness, she said, she switched to the Republican Party. Here’s the story: http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2013/apr/04/jeb-bushs-story-mom-who-inspired-him-help-disabled/

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