Potential 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush spoke to Megyn Kelly in a wide-ranging "Kelly File" interview about the challenges facing the country, his solutions for fixing them and a possible run for the White House.

Should the former Florida governor enter the 2016 field, one of the issues he'll have to address early and often is the debate surrounding the Common Core.

Megyn noted that the latest Gallup poll found that 58 percent of GOP parents have a negative view of the Common Core, while only 18 percent favor it.

"They say it makes no sense, it forces teaching to the test," Megyn said. "They say kids are in tears over it. Are they wrong?"

Bush answered that they might be correct, since the Common Core means different things to different people.

"I respect people having a view, but the simple fact is that we need higher standards," Bush said, adding that they should be state-driven with the federal government playing no role in the creation of standards, content or curriculum.

"If we don't have high standards and assess to them faithfully, we get what we have today, which is about a third of our kids being college and/or career ready," Bush said.

Megyn acknowledged that sounds good in theory, but pointed out that students, parents and teachers all complain about the Common Core.

How are you going to get the GOP base onboard with this, since they are overwhelmingly against it? Megyn asked.

"I'm going to tell people what I think, which is that high standards are better than low standards," Bush said. "And I'm going to show them the record in Florida where we led the nation in terms of learning gains."

Watch more from the must-see "Kelly File" interview above.


You might also be interested in ...

LISTEN: Jeb Bush Calls Out Obama's 'Dangerous, Alice in Wonderland' Foreign Policy

Jeb Bush to GOP: 'Good to Oppose Bad Things, But We Must Start Being for Things'

Krauthammer: To Win in 2016, Jeb Bush Will Have to Criticize His Brother

Krauthammer Explains Why Jeb Bush is Breaking His Silence