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  • Jeb Bush Weighs in on the Remaining 2016 Candidates: ‘I Can’t Vote For Either of Them’

    07/12/2016 10:46:14 AM PDT · by C19fan · 83 replies
    Mediaite ^ | July 12, 2016 | J.D. Durkin
    It’s a tough position to be in if you’re the former Florida Governor staring down the barrel of a gun in the 2016 general election. After all, you’re the only member of your family to seek the Presidency with disastrous results and the “chaos candidate” who beat you handedly has basically been your sworn enemy for the last year. So when Jeb Bush was pressed by former GOP strategist Nicolle Wallace about who he would be voting, he doubled down on assertions he has previously alluded to: neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump would earn his vote.
  • Jeb explains the 'tragedy' of Trump's nomination

    07/11/2016 12:29:57 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 172 replies
    POLITICO ^ | 07/11/16 | Nick Gass
    People supporting Donald Trump's presidential bid will "feel betrayed" should the presumptive Republican nominee's campaign promises go unsatisfied, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush predicted Monday. Speaking to MSNBC contributor Nicolle Wallace, who served as his press secretary in Tallahassee, Bush called Trump "to his credit ... very smart at exploiting these kind of opportunities." "He's a master at understanding how the media works — more than anybody I've ever seen in politics. Kudos to him, for kind of creating the environment and then manipulating the environment to his effect," Bush said in the interview airing in full Monday night. There...
  • Jeb Bush to Meet With 3 Candidates — but Not Donald Trump — Before Florida Primary

    03/09/2016 11:36:39 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 116 replies
    NY Times ^ | 3/9/16 | Ashley Parker
    Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida who ended his presidential bid after a string of disappointing finishes, is planning to meet with three of the remaining Republican candidates while they’re in Miami for the Republican debate on Thursday night. Mr. Bush has plans to meet with Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, Gov. John Kasich of Ohio and Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, an aide to Mr. Bush confirmed. The list’s glaring omission, of course, was Donald J. Trump.
  • South Carolina Will Be Swan Song For Jeb Bush

    02/20/2016 3:12:13 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 31 replies
    Fox Business ^ | 2/20/16 | Charlie Gasparino
    The Jeb Bush presidential campaign people deny it in a high-energy way so unlike their famously even-tempered boss: Tonight's South Carolina primary is not a litmus test for the former Florida governor's so-far fizzling presidential campaign. If he does lousy here, expect him to trudge on, through Nevada and next into Super Tuesday on March 1.
  • Jeb Bush refuses to say whether he is considering dropping out

    02/20/2016 11:49:44 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 32 replies
    LA Times ^ | 2/20/16 | SEEMA MEHTA
    As rumors swirl that Jeb Bush's presidential campaign is collapsing, he refused to say whether he would remain in the race if he placed poorly in Saturday's primary in South Carolina. "I'm going to work as hard as I can till 7 p.m. I'm not going to feed the speculation of people who have no clue about my campaign," Bush told reporters after greeting voters at a polling place at an elementary school in this tony island hamlet. Bush, accompanied by his son Jeb Jr., Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and other supporters, skittered around this state that political...
  • Jeb adviser dances around exit question

    02/19/2016 10:22:05 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 3 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/19/16 | NICK GASS
    A top Jeb Bush adviser on Friday morning repeatedly dodged the question of whether the former Florida governor will stay in the presidential race if he disappoints in South Carolina, instead saying the campaign is laser focused on Saturday's primary. At the outset of the interview on "New Day," host Chris Cuomo asked Michael Steel, Bush's adviser for policy and communications, whether his candidate is finished if he does not finish in second or third place in Saturday's South Carolina primary. The on-screen chyron: "IS SOUTH CAROLINA THE END OF THE ROAD FOR JEB BUSH?" "Look, we're excited about South...
  • Will South Carolina Be Jeb Bush's Last Stand?

    02/19/2016 10:15:02 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 21 replies
    NBC News ^ | 2/19/16 | JORDAN FRASIER
    A senior advisor to Jeb Bush seemed non-committal Friday when asked definitively if the former Florida governor's presidential campaign will move forward after Saturday's South Carolina primary. "I can say we're looking forward to a good result here in South Carolina and we'll move on from there," Michael Steele eventually said on CNN after first dodging the question. Bush is publicly scheduled to attend two events in Nevada ahead of that state's caucus: a town hall Sunday evening in Las Vegas and another Monday evening in Reno and the campaign insists they will move on regardless of the outcome Saturday....
  • In SC, a last push from Jeb Bush and his mom

    02/19/2016 10:06:48 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 17 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 2/19/16 | Todd J. Gillman
    The Bushes don't go down without a fight. With the family name and political fortunes on the line, former first lady Barbara Bush joined son Jeb on the stump today, doing her bit to keep his presidential bid viable. It's a long shot, even if he survives South Carolina's primary on Saturday. Speaking briefly, she called Jeb "one of my four favorite sons" -- two others, Neil and Marvin, were on hand. Jeb later protested that she had whispered moments earlier that really, he was the favorite. The fourth brother, former president George W. Bush, stumped with Jeb on Monday...
  • Jeb Bush is having a bad week. And, boy, it shows. [Video]

    02/19/2016 9:58:54 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/19/16 | Peter W. Stevenson
    Jeb Bush has had a tough week on the campaign trail. And even he seems to admit it. The former Florida governor, who it was once predicted would be one of the strongest candidates in the 2016 GOP field, has been going at it with Donald Trump for months. But this week, his campaign took on a different tone, when a clearly frustrated Bush let his anger show at campaign events in South Carolina, sometimes even becoming testy with his own supporters. "I should stop campaigning, maybe, huh?" he said at a Wednesday rally. "Let's just - it's all done."...
  • Bush machine running on fumes

    02/19/2016 5:16:01 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 21 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/19/16 | ELI STOKOLS
    Some of Jeb Bush's most steadfast allies think Saturday might be the end. Donors, who poured millions into his campaign and super PAC, have stopped giving – one refusing a direct request to raise $1 million this week. Bush himself is hitting the phones, pleading for patience with his most influential supporters. And even some of his confidants are suddenly dejected after a dispiriting week capped off by South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley rejecting Bush in favor of Marco Rubio. "What a kick in the balls," said one of Bush's closest supporters and one of the more than a dozen...
  • 'Act of Love': Jeb Bush Speaks Spanish to Anderson Cooper During CNN Town Hall

    02/19/2016 5:09:26 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/18/16 | ADELLE NAZARIAN
    CNN's Anderson Cooper asked Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush about his ability to speak Spanish, and Bush responded by asking Cooper in Spanish if he wanted to conduct the rest of the interview in his second tongue. The exchange happened during CNN's town hall meeting Thursday night. -snip- The phrase, "Si quieres hacer esta entrevista en Espanol, los hemos," translates to "If you want to conduct this interview in Spanish, we can."
  • Jeb Bush Campaign Broke; To Stop Paying Staff On Saturday

    02/18/2016 5:23:03 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 93 replies
    Red State ^ | 2/18/16 | streiff
    Erick Erickson is reporting at The Resurgent that the Bush campaign is broke. This is pretty remarkable. Sources close to the Bush campaign are beginning to leak about a call last night. I'm told the Bush team is out of money. Pay for campaign staff will end on Saturday. The campaign is all but over. Additionally, after having hundreds of millions of dollars on hand, the Bush Super PAC has less than $15 million from what I am being told. The Bush campaign is denying the rumor but it is coming from too many places take the denials seriously.
  • Jeb's tailspin: 'I'm told Bush team out of money'

    02/18/2016 2:31:00 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 64 replies
    WND ^ | 2/18/16 | DOUGLAS ERNST
    Campaign denies reports as evidence of implosion mounts. Jeb Bush's campaign insists that it is not imploding before primary voters' eyes despite mounting evidence to the contrary. The former Florida governor now finds himself in a situation where his own supporters say he isn't firing on all cylinders, his polls are sagging, Republican insiders claim he is running out of cash, and key endorsements are going to Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. "Sources close to the Bush campaign are beginning to leak about a call last night. I'm told the Bush team is out of money. Pay for campaign staff will...
  • Is This Finally It for Jeb Bush?

    02/18/2016 10:41:56 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 42 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 2/18/16 | DAVID A. GRAHAM
    The Republican lashed out on Wednesday, after Governor Nikki Haley's endorsement went to Marco Rubio. This is not the first time that the pundits have declared a Jeb Bush campaign deathwatch, but the vital signs are getting weaker and weaker, and South Carolina may provide the final blow. The latest bad news came on Wednesday, when popular Governor Nikki Haley endorsed Senator Marco Rubio. Her backing gives Rubio another boost in his quest to consolidate the backing of the Republican establishment against Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, and it makes it even harder for Bush to do that. Bush had...
  • Bush campaign ridicules story that it's out of cash

    02/18/2016 10:26:06 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/18/16 | Jonathan Swan
    Jeb Bush's campaign officials and a top fundraiser are pushing back aggressively against a story by conservative talk show host Erick Erickson in which he claims that the Bush campaign will stop paying staff on Saturday due to lack of funds. Citing "sources close to the Bush campaign," Erickson wrote that there was a phone call on Wednesday night in which the news leaked out that the Bush campaign was out of cash. After Erickson's story reverberated through the political world on Thursday morning, Bush campaign spokesman Tim Miller tweeted: -snip- Al Cardenas, a longtime Bush insider and senior fundraiser,...
  • Jeb: 'I Should Stop Campaigning Maybe'

    02/18/2016 9:51:40 AM PST · by Rockitz · 59 replies
    www.WeeklyStandard.com ^ | 17 February 2016 | Daniel Halper
    On Wednesday, MSNBC showed a clip of Jeb Bush at a campaign event. The former Republican frontrunner appeared frustrated. "It's all decided, I mean we don't have to go vote I guess, it's all finished. I should stop campaigning maybe, huh? Let's just—it's all done! That's not how democracy works, right?"
  • Why Republicans Need Jeb Bush to Put Himself Out of His Misery

    02/18/2016 7:53:51 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 8 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 2/18/16 | Eric Levitz
    All of the color has bled from the face of Jeb! 2016. The campaign is bedridden, confused, moaning in agony. At this point, the best thing for Jeb Bush and everyone around him would be to let his candidacy die with dignity. In Nevada, Jeb Bush has become the candidate of the one percent - literally, he has one percent of the vote there. In Quinnipiac's most recent national poll he's at 4 percent, which puts him in a tie for last place with Ben Carson, who barely has a campaign and spent much of a nationally televised town hall...
  • Jeb at 1% in Nevada

    02/18/2016 7:03:39 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 40 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 2/17/16 | DANIEL HALPER
    The latest Nevada poll finds that Donald Trump is dominating the early state with 45 percent. Jeb Bush, on the other hand, is at a mere 1 percent in the poll.
  • Jeb Bush's campaign takes on new urgency in South Carolina

    02/18/2016 6:54:05 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 11 replies
    The State ^ | 2/18/16 | PATRICIA MAZZEI
    For Jeb Bush, the crushing phone call came Wednesday afternoon. It was Nikki Haley, South Carolina's wildly popular governor and Republican Party darling. She had decided to endorse a candidate ahead of Saturday's GOP presidential primary. Not Bush - even though his brother, former President George W. Bush, paid her a deferential visit Monday. Instead, Haley backed Jeb Bush's fiercest primary rival, Marco Rubio. Moments later, Bush was due at a campaign event at the Summerville Country Club, northwest of Charleston. He showed up in shirtsleeves, no tie - and, now that he's realized they aged him, no glasses -...
  • Bush struggles to mask mounting frustration

    02/17/2016 4:20:51 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 26 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/17/16 | ELI STOKOLS
    Jeb Bush is having a rough day. Fighting for his political life in the final days of this primary battle, Bush took the stage intent on showing toughness and drawing a sharp contrast between himself and Marco Rubio. Just moments earlier, he'd gotten devastating news: South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, whose endorsement he'd sought, was backing Rubio, who poses the biggest threat to his own chances of political survival. "Disappointed," Bush told reporters, summing up his feelings about Haley's endorsement as he was leaving the town hall here. "She's a very good governor and should I win the nomination, there'll...
  • Jeb Bush's Very Bad Afternoon

    02/17/2016 4:14:38 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | 2/17/16 | TIM ALBERTA
    About 15 minutes before Jeb Bush's town-hall-style event commenced here Wednesday afternoon, The State newspaper in Columbia broke news that could drastically reshape the South Carolina primary race: Governor Nikki Haley was endorsing Marco Rubio. The development represents a major blow to Bush, who had aggressively pursued Haley's support and believed it to be within reach. He told NBC on Tuesday that, "If she is going to give an endorsement it would be the most powerful, meaningful one in the state." Bush has been lagging in recent polls here, and Haley's backing could have provided him the type of last-minute...
  • Jeb Bush confronted like never before by worried supporters ("Open Panic...Increasingly Distressed")

    02/17/2016 4:04:44 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/17/16 | Ed O'Keefe
    He's stuck in the polls and just lost a major endorsement. And now voters are in open panic about the fate of Jeb Bush. The Republican presidential candidate was barraged by conflicting advice from supporters increasingly distressed by the rise of GOP front-runner Donald Trump and that the former Florida governor's campaign has stalled.
  • Jeb Bush, Going for Broke in South Carolina, Embraces Legacy

    02/17/2016 11:35:24 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 27 replies
    NY Times ^ | 2/17/16 | ASHLEY PARKER and ALEXANDER BURNS
    In his early days as a presidential candidate, Jeb Bush appeared to campaign in a defensive stance: Sensitive about his political patrimony, he insisted he was his "own man" and struggled to address the conduct of the Iraq war under his brother, President George W. Bush. Saddled with a record of supporting lenient immigration policy, Mr. Bush practiced the politics of reassurance, putting his plans for border security front and center and declaring prominently in a summer debate that he would never support "amnesty" for undocumented immigrants. But in the final days of the South Carolina primary campaign, Mr. Bush...
  • Trump extends lead in S.C. in Monmouth poll (Jeb in 5th place at 8%)

    02/17/2016 9:35:59 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/17/16 | Bradford Richardson
    Just days before the Feb. 20 primary, Republican front-runner Donald Trump holds a commanding lead in South Carolina, according to a new poll. Trump leads the GOP field, with 35 percent support, according to the Monmouth University poll, nearly doubling that of his nearest competitor, Ted Cruz, who garners 19 percent support. Marco Rubio places third, with 17 percent support, followed by John Kasich, with 9 percent support, Jeb Bush, with 8 percent, and Ben Carson, with 7 percent.
  • Jeb Bush reveals mom Barbara Bush to campaign with him again

    02/17/2016 5:27:42 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 30 replies
    CBS News ^ | 2/16/16 | JACQUELINE ALEMANY
    Jeb Bush became the leaker-in-chief of his own campaign on Tuesday, accidentally revealing during a press conference that his mother Barbara Bush would be coming out on to the campaign trail with him yet again -- this time in South Carolina. "Yeah, my mom's coming," Bush told reporters on Tuesday. "Well, she was in New Hampshire. This is a little easier trip for her, this kind of weather, she'll be back." "That's not announced yet?" Bush later sheepishly asked, turning to his spokeswoman Kristy Campbell. "I blew it. Always here to help," he added. Campbell confirmed that Barbara Bush will...
  • Round Two: Barbara Bush to hit the trail for Jeb in South Carolina

    02/16/2016 11:21:05 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 53 replies
    CNN ^ | 2/16/16 | Ashley Killough and Jamie Gangel,
    Barbara Bush, the former first lady and mother of Jeb Bush, was so popular in New Hampshire that her son's campaign is bringing her back on the trail. The former Florida governor accidentally announced his mother's return in a press gaggle Tuesday following an employee town hall at FN Manufacturing here. "That's not announced yet?" Bush said after spilling the beans and turning to his spokeswoman Kristy Campbell. "It will be announced," Campbell said. "Thursday, she's coming in Thursday night and she's staying until the primary." "I blew it," Bush joked. "Always here to help."
  • Jeb Raises Hand When Graham Asks, 'How Many of You Are Democrats?'

    02/16/2016 11:01:11 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 56 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 2/16/16 | SHOSHANA WEISSMANN
    During a South Carolina town hall on Tuesday, Senator Lindsey Graham asks the audience, "how many of you are Democrats?" Jeb Bush raises his hand and smiles.
  • Jeb: Trump 'fears me'

    02/16/2016 7:05:06 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 45 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/16/16 | NICK GASS
    The reason for Donald Trump's continued attacks against Jeb Bush? According to Bush, it's because "he fears me." "I think he is a master at manipulation, and I find it amusing on one level that he constantly attacks me," Bush said Tuesday in an interview with "CBS This Morning." -snip- "I'm his primary target, and I'm doing so poor in the polls, according to everybody, right? Well, why is that? Why is he going after me each and every day?" the former governor of Florida asked rhetorically. "It's because he fears me, because I'm the only guy standing up to...
  • Can George W. Bush Save Jeb?

    02/16/2016 5:00:04 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 68 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 2/16/16 | DAVID A. GRAHAM
    Time and again this election, Jeb Bush has been outshone by more charismatic candidates. On Monday, there was a slight variation on the story. Once again, Jeb was outdone by a much more talented politician, but this time, it was a backer and not a rival: Jeb's big brother George W. Bush. It was the former president's first appearance on the campaign trail this cycle, and it came just a few days before the South Carolina Republican primary, which is shaping up to be a make-or-break moment for Jeb. President Bush, along with his wife Laura and Senator Lindsey Graham,...
  • POLITICO Influence: DUELING FUNDRAISERS (Jeb Bush desperation fundraiser today in Key Largo)

    02/15/2016 9:35:54 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 7 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/11/16 | ISAAC ARNSDORF
    Jeb Bush has an event on Feb. 15 in Key Largo, while Florida rival Marco Rubio goes to Ocean Reef on March 11. The invitation for Rubio's has more than twice as many names, including Cynthia & Patrick Lee, Judy & Gary Ball, and Maggie & Steve Parker. Bush's host committee includes Jorge Arrizurieta, Nanci & Nick Lanni and Nancy & Bobby Schostak.
  • Jeb Bush candidacy: A battle for third place in South Carolina

    02/15/2016 8:56:10 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 19 replies
    Post and Courier ^ | 2/15/16 | Cynthia Roldan
    Just two days after having his family name smeared by the Republican presidential frontrunner during the Greenville debate, Jeb Bush is cashing in his biggest insurance policy by dusting off his brother, former President George W. Bush for a Lowcountry rally Monday night. It will be the first time George W. Bush hits the campaign trail since he left the presidency. The rally, at the North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center at 6 p.m., is expected to draw hundreds, if not thousands, as the Bush name is held in esteem by many Palmetto State Republicans. Not invited to the...
  • Jeb Bush takes his fellow candidates to Immigration 101 class at the Republican debate

    02/14/2016 7:59:07 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 33 replies
    Fusion ^ | 2/14/16 | Jorge Rivas
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush gave his fellow Republican presidential candidates an elementary lesson on immigration at the last debate before the South Carolina primary. After a moderator asked whether the immigration debate was insufficiently compassionate, Bush responded with a nuanced understanding of why immigrants enter the U.S. without proper authorization. "The great majority of people that come to this country come because they have no other choice," Bush answered at the debate, hosted by CBS News in Greenville, South Carolina. "These are people coming to provide for their families, and we should show a little more respect for the...
  • Jeb Bush on George W. Bush: 'My brother will help a lot'

    02/14/2016 6:38:20 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 45 replies
    WPTZ ^ | 2/14/16 | Z. Byron Wolf
    Jeb Bush said campaigning with his brother, former President George W. Bush, tomorrow could help save his presidential campaign. -snip- "The point is, is he a popular Republican? You bet he is," Bush said of his brother. "And he will make the point ... that he knows what it takes to be president of the United States, to be commander-in-chief, to keep the country safe and that he believes that I have those skills based on my record and based on how he knows me, and that will be validator in South Carolina where values matter and where national defense...
  • Donald Trump gets double booed trashing Jeb Bush

    02/14/2016 5:55:33 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 59 replies
    The Week ^ | 2/13/16 | Jeva Lange
    After Jeb Bush explained his policy for going after ISIS at the GOP presidential debate in South Carolina Saturday night, Donald Trump ripped into the former Florida governor - and was met with ferocious boos from the audience. "Jeb is so wrong, Jeb is absolutely so wrong," Trump said of Bush's call to dispose of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, only to get the audience hissing. Trump wasn't put off. "You know who that is? That's Jeb's special interest and lobby talking," he said, drawing his second round of boos. "I only tell the truth, lobbyists," Trump replied.
  • OMG! This is SO Embarrassing… Jeb Bush Gets Cut Off By His Own Hosts (VIDEO)

    02/12/2016 9:31:33 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 22 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 2/12/16 | Jim Hoft
    This is like watching a trainwreck in slow motion- Jeb Bush was giving a speech to the Rotary Club in Nashua, New Hampshire. They cut him off mid-speech. And his response was so pathetic.
  • Rotary Club Awkwardly Kicks Jeb Bush 'Out the Door'

    02/11/2016 1:37:23 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 32 replies
    Townhall ^ | 2/11/16 | Justin Holcomb
    The cloud of awkwardness and clumsy misfortune continues to loom over Jeb Bush's head while on the campaign trail. At a rotary club rally in New Hampshire on Tuesday, Jeb was interrupted during the middle of his speech and ushered off stage. "They're kicking me out the door," Jeb said. "They're kicking me out the door." He then proceeded to awkwardly nod his head, walk around in a circle, and then move off stage.
  • Just When Jeb Bush Couldn't Get Any More Humiliated, This Happens [VIDEO]

    02/11/2016 6:44:46 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 78 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2/10/16 | Casey Harper
    A Jeb Bush campaign speech breached a new dimension of awkwardness this week. The former Florida governor was speaking at a Rotary Club in New Hampshire Monday when a Rotary official interrupted the presidential candidate and sent him back to his seat. A C-SPAN video of the speech shows the man interrupting Bush's speech and ushering him off the stage. "They're kicking me off the stage!" Bush says, waving his arms, apparently flabbergasted by what is happening.
  • Jeb! is 63! A gallery of expressive photos on his birthday

    02/11/2016 6:39:04 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 9 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/11/16 | Politico Staff
    It hasn't been an easy month for Jeb Bush. He placed sixth in the Iowa caucuses and fourth in New Hampshire, and then there was that awkward "please clap" moment at a campaign event. But there's still plenty for Bush to celebrate: Thursday marks his 63rd birthday. On his big day, POLITICO looks back at some of his more expressive moments in politics.
  • Bush confronted about poll numbers, debate performances

    02/11/2016 6:30:19 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 19 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/10/16 | AUSTIN WRIGHT
    Jeb Bush landed in South Carolina facing his last, best shot at convincing Republican voters to support him - and is offering up something that has escaped him all cycle: a little authenticity. "I know that I'm not perfect," he said Wednesday night, referring to his low poll numbers and stilted debate performances. "I have enough self-awareness to know that I can improve, and I am improving." His self-assessment came at the end of a rowdy town hall meeting here where he answered questions for nearly an hour. One attendee cut straight to the heart of Bush's problems as a...
  • Bush: Trump would be worse than Obama

    02/10/2016 3:41:30 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 87 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/10/16 | AUSTIN WRIGHT
    Donald Trump would be a worse president than Barack Obama, Jeb Bush told a crowd here Wednesday. "We will be worse off than we are now" with Trump as president, Bush said. "And we are pretty bad off right now."
  • Jeb Bush: Temporary Muslim Ban 'Horrific,' Illegal Immigration 'Act of Love'

    02/10/2016 3:20:29 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 54 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/10/16 | JOHN NOLTE
    Everything wrong with Jeb Bush can be summed up in his approach to border security and American sovereignty. As we all now know, the former Florida governor considers illegal immigration an "act of love" on the part of the illegal immigrant sneaking into America illegally. Wednesday morning on "Morning Joe," after barely getting out of New Hampshire alive, Bush repeatedly described frontrunner Donald Trump's proposed temporary ban on foreign Muslims as "horrific." You don't have to agree with the idea of Trump's temporary ban to see the benefits of such a thing, or why two-thirds of Republican voters in a...
  • Establishment Declares Jeb Bush Is Making a Comeback After He Spent $36 Million for 4th Place

    02/10/2016 2:14:51 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 25 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 2/10/16 | MICHAEL VAN DER GALIEN
    Can you believe this? One longtime Rubio supporter who backs Bush faulted Rubio's campaign for the slip-up. He said they drove Rubio too hard and too long and he didn't have enough sleep. In the days before New Hampshire primary, Rubio struggled to find his footing coming off as subdued and tired during some of his final campaign stops. Rubio also repeated himself, again, this time about family values in his last campaign rally in Nashua, N.H., before the primary. "It was the pace. He couldn't keep up," the source said. "And then they doubled-down on it - tripled and...
  • Bush super PAC is pouring $1.7 million more into South Carolina (Delays VA GA OK TN TX MI ID ad buy)

    02/10/2016 12:53:10 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 33 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/10/16 | Ed O'Keefe
    The super PAC backing Jeb Bush's Republican presidential campaign is planning to increase its ad buy in South Carolina ahead of the Feb. 20 primary. Right to Rise USA is pouring another $1.7 million into the Palmetto State in the next 10 days on top of the more than $10 million the group has already spent in the state, according to people familiar with the plans. The money will be spent primarily on television, radio and digital advertising. The cash infusion is coming as the PAC is postponing the start of ad buys in seven states holding contests in March....
  • Jeb-mentum! Marco Rubio's disastrous New Hampshire performance leaves Jeb Bush in a happier place

    02/10/2016 11:59:46 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 11 replies
    Salon ^ | 2/10/16 | SIMON MALOY
    -snip- Bush is a massive threat to Rubio now. Don't get me wrong - Jeb did not do particularly well in New Hampshire either. Fourth place is no great achievement, especially when you consider how much money Bush spent in order to turn in that mediocre finish. In the context of this bizarre race, however, Jeb did himself a lot of favors by finishing 0.5 percent ahead of Rubio. His campaign has been an expensive disappointment up to this point, but now he can make the pitch to wary donors and Republican establishment types that he stuck with it, fought...
  • Jeb Bush energized, swinging at Donald Trump in South Carolina

    02/10/2016 11:02:28 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 57 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 2/10/16 | S.A. Miller
    Jazzed by a fourth-place finish in the New Hampshire primary, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush opened his campaign for the next contest in South Carolina by taking repeated shots at front-runner Donald Trump. Mr. Bush accused the billionaire real estate mogul and reality TV star of being a divisive figure just like President Obama and slammed him for declaring bankruptcy four times for his business ventures. "I'm giving you a reality-based answer not a realty-TV answer," Mr. Bush told the crowd at a town hall in Bluffton, South Carolina, as he touted his record of cutting taxes, reining in spending...
  • Donald Trump wins NH, but Jeb Bush has strong night

    02/10/2016 6:14:21 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 103 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | 2/10/16 | Alex Leary
    Donald Trump stormed back into the national spotlight by winning the New Hampshire primary Tuesday and Democrat Bernie Sanders avenged his narrow Iowa loss to Hillary Clinton. -snip- "You've all reset the race," Bush declared to his well-organized supporters. "This campaign is not dead. We're going to South Carolina." As he began to speak in Manchester, television networks switched to Trump's victory address, denying Bush his moment. Still, Bush earned new life and scored a psychological victory over Florida rival Marco Rubio, who finished fifth, his claim of momentum stunted after a poor debate performance Saturday in which he robotically...
  • Jeb Bush Gains Some Steam After New Hampshire

    02/10/2016 5:39:19 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 49 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 2/10/16 | BETH REINHARD
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's virtual tie for third place in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday is the moment he has been waiting for to revive a struggling campaign. Campaign advisers said he needed to exceed expectations and beat his home-state rival, Sen. Marco Rubio, and after months of slumping poll numbers, he did. Mr. Rubio was in fifth place, roughly a point behind Mr. Bush and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Mr. Bush now heads to South Carolina with some wind at his back, a political organization on the ground and some potentially powerful surrogates on hand. "This campaign is...
  • George W. Bush stars in new radio ad for Jeb Bush

    02/10/2016 5:23:12 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/10/16 | Ed O'Keefe
    The worst-kept secret among those tracking Jeb Bush's presidential campaign is that former president George W. Bush is about to take on a much more prominent role. Few details of what the 43rd president will do exactly are yet known, but he is expected to campaign with his younger brother at some point in the coming days across South Carolina, where the Bush name remains revered and popular among GOP voters. Palmetto State voters getting in the car on Wednesday may hear a new radio ad bought and paid for by Jeb Bush's presidential campaign. Aides wouldn't immediately say where...
  • Jeb Bush: "I'm a patient person"

    02/10/2016 5:18:10 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 28 replies
    CBS News ^ | 2/10/16 | REENA FLORES
    After finishing in fourth place during Tuesday's New Hampshire Republican primary, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is looking towards a longer-term strategy for the GOP nomination. "I think the field will whittle down eventually," Bush said in an interview with "CBS This Morning" early Wednesday. "I'm a patient person. I wish it all happened overnight, that's kind of the obsession of the pundits want that to happen but it'll happen. And when it does, I'm the one candidate that has taken on Donald Trump that does not believe he's a conservative." Of Trump, who won the first-in-the-nation primary by a...
  • Jeb Bush, the Un-candidate

    02/09/2016 12:59:32 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 13 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/9/16 | MICHAEL J. MISHAK
    Behind the would-be juggernaut lay a candidate who'd never won a competitive election. Jeb Bush banned me from the bus. It was October 2014, two months before Jeb would announce he was exploring a run for president, and I had come to west Texas as an Associated Press reporter to ask about his plans. The former Florida governor had taken a day off from campaigning for midterm candidates to enjoy a victory lap with his son, George P. Bush, who was cruising to election as Texas land commissioner. A Texas colleague and I were set to interview father and son...