Politics & Government

'It's a little awkward,' Jeb Bush says of running against Marco Rubio

Before the start of his first campaign event as an official candidate -- a town-hall style meeting in New Hampshire -- Jeb Bush sat down for an interview with Sean Hannity of Fox News, who asked what it's like for Bush to run for president against friend Marco Rubio.

"It's a little awkward," Bush conceded.

But unlike his prior responses to that question -- including in New Hampshire in April, when he looked less than happy about the prospect of a Rubio-Bush rivalry -- Bush took a lighter tone and was met with laughter from the audience.

"It's a little awkward," he repeated. "But that's just the way it is."

Elsewhere in the interview, which will air at 10 p.m. on TV but was live-streamed online by a Bloomberg Politics reporter, Bush said the prison at Guántanamo Bay, Cuba, should remain open. On the kind of "enhanced interrogation" techniques employed by his brother's administration, though, Bush said, "I don't think that's necessary, I don't think we need it" but added that "it was appropriate at the time."

Bush took a swipe at Democrat Hillary Clinton for not giving voters or reporters enough access -- a favorite jab of his, given his frequent interactions with both -- and went after her record in the State Department and the U.S. Senate" She has her name on three laws in eight years."

At one point, Hannity mentioned that presidential hopeful Donald Trump criticized Bush over his support of Common Core educational standards -- and Bush laughed. "I'm sorry," he said, regaining his composure (and not sounding all that sorry).