In Iowa, Jeb Bush Tries to Capitalize on Latest Debate Performance

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Bob Dole Endorses Jeb Bush — Hopefully It Will Help Bush Get His Poll Up.

Former Senator Bob Dole of Kansas endorsed Jeb Bush for president on Wednesday, saying he believed that the former Florida governor was the best qualified candidate — and also making clear that he still held a grudge against Senator Ted Cruz of Texas.In a statement provided by Bush spokeswoman Allie Brandenburger, Dole said, “I consider nearly all the Republican candidates to be my friends, but I have determined that Jeb Bush is the most qualified.” “Jeb has the proven leadership skills and executive experience needed to fix the problems facing our country – from the anemic economy to America’s weakened standing among world leaders,” Dole explained. “Jeb’s conservative reform agenda and forward looking vision on issues including 4 percent economic growth, defeating ISIS and taking care of our veterans are in stark contrast to Hillary Clinton’s strategy to continue the failed policies of the present Administration.” Bob Dole was a Kansas Representative from 1961 to 1969 and Senator from 1969 to 1996. Bush responded by calling himself “a huge Bob Dole fan.” Those are pretty formulaic words when it comes to an endorsement, but not when you consider the tortured history between Dole and Jeb Bush’s father, former President George H.W.

The Bush campaign hopes Dole will be the little blue pill to help grow their poll numbers while they’re facing stiff competition from the rest of the GOP field. Dole served in both the House and the Senate, before becoming the Republican Party’s nominee for the White House in 1996 – an election he lost to Bill Clinton. “Oh my gosh, Bob Dole is an American hero. Senator Dole is currently special counsel at the law firm of Alston & Bird and serves as Finance Chair of the Campaign for the National Eisenhower Memorial.

Dole, the Republican nominee for president in 1996, had cool words for only one candidate. “I think he’s the most qualified, and we need somebody with experience and there are a lot of good candidates — I like nearly all of them,” Mr. Bush’s national finance chairman and the owner of the N.F.L.’s New York Jets, urged donors to work the phones Wednesday, calling on them to raise another “five or 10 thousand.” And Heather Larrison, Mr.

Bush’s finance director, thanked supporters for being loyal through what she acknowledged had been a “difficult” few months, and asked them to “step up, double down this next month, double down this quarter.” “What we wanted to deliver tonight was a performance that you can sell, and I think the governor delivered a good performance that you can sell, that just reinforces why he is the best candidate, why he is going to be the best leader and why he can be the president,” she said. Nonetheless, in Atlantic, after delivering a forceful line about balancing the budget and forcing the federal government to live within its means, Mr. Bush turned to the silent crowd and, faux-exasperated, sighed, “Please, clap.” (Always Iowa-nice, his audience obliged.) Earlier, at the Hy-Vee, Mr. Dole and his allies by mocking him, along with Senator John McCain and Mitt Romney, two other Republican presidential nominees considered members of the party’s establishment. “Those are good men, those are decent men — but when you don’t stand and draw a clear distinction, when you don’t stand for principle, Democrats celebrate,” Mr.

Bush picked up the morning’s Wall Street Journal, saying he wanted to see what the paper — a must-read among many Republicans — was saying about his debate performance. “Struggles to regroup?” he asked, reading aloud, with a snort. “What are you talking about?” Mr. We need to start thinking about who’s the person who can beat Hillary Clinton, rather than trying to get into small differences between each campaign.” Asked his secret to debate preparation — after a devastating exchange at a debate last month with Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, the Bush team brought in an image-maker to help — Mr. Bush, who was serving as Nixon’s ambassador to the United Nations, a post he’d been handed after giving up his Texas House seat to wage a losing Senate campaign in 1970. When Dole and the other uninvited candidates crashed the stage, Reagan began arguing for their inclusion, at which point the moderator demanded that his microphone be cut. “I am paying for this microphone, Mr. According to Richard Ben Cramer’s book “What it Takes,” Dole said to Bush as he exited the stage: “There’ll be another day, George.” It was in this period that Bush, in a diary entry revealed in Jon Meacham’s forthcoming book, called Dole “a no good son of a bitch.” The next flare-up came in 1988, when the GOP nomination once again came open.

This time, Bush, who had landed on Reagan’s 1980 ticket and served two terms as vice president, and Dole, who had won the top GOP leadership slot in the Senate in 1984, were the top two contenders. But that’s when Bush made a critical decision to blanket the New Hampshire airwaves with a brutal last-minute negative ad that accused Dole of being soft on taxes.

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