Bush told the crowd at the Politics and Eggs breakfast in Manchester - live streamed by WMUR - "we need to deal with demographic realities." Bush added that the Social Security age needs to be raised, "in short order."
He said he would not change the Social Security benefits age for existing retirees or those near retirement. Bush said the change should be gradual but that without it people in their 30s "are not going to get the benefits" as they exist now.
On other topics, Bush said he opposes raising the federal minimum wage because it would eliminate jobs. But Bush went on to say that it would be okay for states to raise the minimum wage - as Florida has done. He did not explain why that would not cause a loss of jobs.
Asked about the Terri Schiavo case - where as Florida governor Bush intervened and failed in attempt to stop her husband from ending tube feeding despite dozens of court decisions favoring the husband - Bush said, "I feel sad. It was one of the most difficult things I have gone through."
On immigration, Bush said, "first and foremost deal with the border."
He called immigration, "hugely important for the nation," and said the U.S. should encourage immigration of workers who can fill shortages in needed skills. He also supports bringing in farm workers, "because people here don't want to do that work."
While Bush continues to sound and travel very much like a 2016 presidential candidate, he repeatedly says he has not yet decided but that a final decision is coming soon.