Bush says NFL's Washington Redskins name not offensive

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Posted at 10:35 AM, Sep 30, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-01 06:34:44-04

MIAMI (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush is drawing criticism for saying he would not change the controversial name of the Washington Redskins football team.

During a pre-recorded interview on Sirius XM's show "The Arena," Bush says he did not think the nickname is "offensive" to Native Americans.

Bush says: "It's a sport, for crying out loud," adding that he must be missing something here. That's according to a transcript of the interview released Wednesday by SiriusXM. The interview airs Friday.

Democrats say Bush's support of the nickname is "extremely insulting to Native American people."

Bush said the same issue arose with the Florida State University nickname, the Seminoles, when he was Florida governor. He said the tribe came to the defense of the university and the controversy subsided.

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