Jeb Bush defends Swift Boat letter

Spartanburg, South Carolina (CNN) Jeb Bush on Tuesday defended a 2005 letter that he wrote praising the work of Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, a group that questioned then-Sen. John Kerry's military service record in Vietnam.

Speaking at an event in Spartanburg, South Carolina, Bush also argued that if Republicans accept Donald Trump's "ugly" and "mean-spirited" language, then "we'll never win."

The former Florida governor was asked by a panel, which was hosted by the Palladian View in Spartanburg, about the Swift Boat attacks against Kerry in light of the recent attack on John McCain by Trump -- who, like Bush -- is running for president.

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