Presumed Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton talked about education Monday at a conference organized by a possible Republican rival. A source told Politico that Clinton and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush had a quick encounter backstage at the Globalization of Higher Education conference in Dallas. They did not appear publicly together, but Clinton had kind words for Bush in her speech, saying he "really focused on education during his time as governor in Florida" and has continued to "work with passion and dedication in the years since.”
Last year, Bush, chairman of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, presented Clinton with the Liberty Medal for her work as secretary of state.
The Dallas conference was a bi-partisan effort. It was jointly sponsored by Bush and former North Carolina Gov. Jim Hunt, a Democrat.
Clinton spoke for more than half an hour, echoing themes she has struck in recent appearances about the need to improve access to good education, including community colleges and vocational programs. She talked about education as a global issue, praising Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani student who survived an attempt by the Taliban to kill her. “We’re living in what I like to call the participation age,” Clinton said.