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Jae C. Hong, Associated Press
In this photo taken Jan. 12, 2016, Republican presidential candidate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Coralville, Iowa. Bush said he misjudged the intensity of anger among Republican voters before launching his White House campaign, calling the country in 2016 one that is “dramatically different” than in past elections. Yet the former Florida governor insists he’s still a viable candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, and one who has broadened his mission to include defending conservativism from GOP front-runner Donald Trump.

CORALVILLE, Iowa — Jeb Bush says he misjudged the intensity of anger among Republican voters before his White House campaign. He says the country in 2016 is "dramatically different" than in past elections.

But in an interview with The Associated Press, the former Florida governor insists he's still a viable candidate. And he says he's broadened his mission in 2016 to include defending conservativism from GOP front-runner Donald Trump.

Bush tells the AP, "I just think it's important to fight this fight. I don't know what the consequences politically for me are."

Bush reaffirms his commitment to conservative social issues in an AP Conversation, the latest in a series of extended interviews with the presidential candidates.