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Potential 2016 White House candidate Gov. Jeb Bush made the most of his opportunities this week to assure attendees at the Conservative Political Action Conference that he rides with them on such key issues as immigration reform and education standards.

But that was about the best the former Florida GOP governor could expect in a gathering where long-standing allegiances and beliefs are hard to change.

Eschewing the ballroom speech upon which other presidential hopefuls relied, Bush instead used a 20-minute question-and-answer session to try to reestablish his conservative credentials and dispel notions about being a squishy moderate and Republican establishment royalty.