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Jeb Bush Persuades His Uber Driver To Vote

Uber has fought taxi regulations and has come under fire from some Democrats for the scant benefits it offers its network of independent drivers.
Jeb Bush Persuades His Uber Driver To Vote
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I'll note that, although my otherwise progressive friends love it, I would never use Uber. Cabs are a way for poor people to make a living who can't afford to own their own cars, and putting them out of business to punish the franchise owners doesn't seem very progressive to me. But nonetheless, this is a funny story:

The Uber driver who picked up Jeb Bush Thursday on a San Francisco street corner doesn’t normally vote and didn’t recognize the Republican frontrunner. But the experience of driving a man who could be President, and talking about it with a reporter, may get him to the polls this year.

He said he will probably pull the lever for Hillary Clinton.

Bush is traveling around San Francisco Thursday using the ride-sharing app, the latest embrace by the Republican of the company, which has fought taxi regulations and has come under fire from some Democrats for the scant benefits it offers its network of independent drivers. The GOP has emerged as the company’s staunchest defender, as the party tries to align itself with the hip, and liberal, Bay Area culture as they appeal for younger voters and top donors.

Munir Algazaly, 35, an immigrant from Yemen who has been driving Ubers for a year and a half, said “I had no idea,” that the 6’4″ passenger riding shotgun was the Republican presidential candidate.

Algazaly drove Bush to Thumbtack, a company that matches independent and small-business professionals with consumers—a startup founded by former aides to President George W. Bush that appeals to the GOP’s free-market sensibilities. Bush tweeted that he gave his driver a five-star rating, the highest possible, after the ride.


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