Presidential Candidate Jeb Bush Takes Stance on Confederate Flag Issue

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A Confederate flag flies outside the South Carolina State House in Columbia, South Carolina January 17, 2012. REUTERS/Chris Keane (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR2WFA7

Republican Presidential Candidate Jeb Bush released a statement on Saturday via social media expressing his views on the Confederate Flag.

Always a divisive issue, the debate about the Confederate Flag has been re-ignited after a racist gunman in Charleston killed nine African-Americans inside of a Church.

The gunman, Dylann Roof, 21, who sported white supremacist patches on a jacket and had a Confederate flag license tag on the front of his car, was charged with murder for the Wednesday attack.

The candidate says he supports the removal of the historic flag.

From Jeb Bush, Facebook: – “My position on how to address the Confederate flag is clear. In Florida, we acted, moving the flag from the state grounds to a museum where it belonged.

This is obviously a very sensitive time in South Carolina and our prayers are with the families, the AME church community and the entire state. Following a period of mourning, there will rightly be a discussion among leaders in the state about how South Carolina should move forward and I’m confident they will do the right thing.” —

The statement by Bush came a few hours after Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee, also weighed in bluntly on the political sensitive issue.

“Take down the #ConfederateFlag at the SC Capitol. To many, it is a symbol of racial hatred. Remove it now to honor #Charleston victims,” the former governor of Massachusetts said on Twitter.