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BLUEFIELD, Va -

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush paid a visit to Bluefield College, Tuesday.  The visit is a part of the Hugh I. Shott Jr. Lecture series.  His speech, "American's Promise in Uncertain Times" took on a new meaning for the audience on Tuesday.

One day after the horrific bombing at the Boston Marathon, the entire county is feeling uncertain. Seven-hundred miles from Boston in Bluefield Virginia, Jeb Bush turned his attention to the tragic events.

"I think it is a reminder that we are still living in a perilous world," Republican former Florida governor Jeb Bush said.

Before the two-term Florida governor took the stage to deliver his upbeat lecture, he shared his perspective on the state of national security since Sept 11th, 2001.

"We have a much better grasp on entry.  Who is coming in now than we did. We are far better off.  I think there are a lot more resources that have been brought to bare more technology, certain better corporation and communication," Bush said.

After addressing this national catastrophe, the former governor began to share his vision for the nation .He said American will thrive if the focus is economic growth. He said this starts with education. Bush believes that the foundation of education starts in grades K-12.  He said he would like to see more investments in preparing students for college.

In terms of higher education, Bush said he would like to see colleges prepare students for the jobs that are available.

Students from colleges in both Virginia and West Virginia attended the lecture. This included students from Bluefield College, Bluefield State College, Concord University, West Virginia University and Marshall University.

Rumors are circulating Governor Bush will follow in his father's and brother's footstep. But he remained very tight lipped about running for President in 2016. Instead, he offered advice for a Republican winning the 2016 election.

"Generally people who are conservative get the fact that they don't like the path the President is taking us on. OK, that is well established and we beat it like a drum, but people that are not so ideological inclined what to know what you are standing for," Bush continued.

The speech concluded with a thundering applause and a reminder that in any kind of uncertainty; economic security or national security, America Will Overcome.