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Jeb Bush On Whether He'd Kill Baby Hitler: 'Hell Yeah, I Would!'

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 9/11/2015 Scott Conroy

This is a preview of the seventh installment of '16 And President, the Huffington Post series that takes you behind the scenes for a day in the life on the campaign trail with the candidates running for president.  

MOULTONBOROUGH, N.H. -- Have you ever wondered whether, if given the opportunity, Jeb Bush would go back in time to kill Adolf Hitler in his crib?

Well, wonder no more.

“Hell yeah, I would!” the former Florida governor told HuffPost. “You gotta step up, man.”

The question initially arose when The New York Times Magazine polled its readers last month and found that a plurality of respondents said they would, in fact, kill Hitler as a baby. 

Bush was then asked the question directly via the email address that he distributes widely to public audiences: But he did not answer the inquiry until asked on camera by HuffPost, while riding on his campaign bus in New Hampshire.

Bush did acknowledge that murdering the future German dictator before he had the chance to ignite World War II would be an act that could set in motion unknown consequences.

But the 2016 Republican presidential candidate remained emphatic that he would, in fact, kill Hitler -- even if the future leader of the Third Reich were an especially cute baby.

“It could have a dangerous effect on everything else, but I’d do it -- I mean, Hitler,” Bush said with a shrug.

Watch the video above for a preview of the latest installment of the HuffPost series '16 And President.

Story by Scott Conroy. 

Video produced by Jon Strauss.

Cinematography by Jon Strauss and Samuel Wilkes.

Production by Marielle Olentine.

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