Jeb Bush set to get big New Hampshire endorsement

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Bush in New Hampshire: Trump is ‘a jerk’.

CONTOOCOOK, N.H. (AP) — Days after going toe-to-toe with Donald Trump on the debate stage, Jeb Bush seemed to relish his new role as the Republican front-runner’s chief critic while campaigning on Saturday in New Hampshire. ‘‘I’ve got to get this off my chest: Donald Trump is a jerk,’’ Bush said, unprompted, between answering two voters’ questions. Bush, speaking at a town hall meeting in New Hampshireon Saturday, railed against Trump’s habit of offending demographic groups ranging from Muslims to women.EXETER, New Hampshire—Jeb Bush continued his assault on Donald Trump during a rare weekend campaign swing, where he voiced confidence that voters will end Trump’s path to the White House as they make candidates “walk through the hot coals” ahead of the primary. “The question is will New Hampshire want to support a guy who might tarnish this extraordinary reputation that you have,” Bush said of voting for Trump. Then he slammed the billionaire businessman for insulting women, Hispanics and people with disabilities during the campaign. ‘‘Who is he kidding?’’ Bush asked the crowd. ‘‘I gave myself therapy there.

— Jeb Bush was halfway through an early-morning town-hall-style event here Saturday when he paused, announcing he had something he wanted to get off his chest. “You cannot insult your way to the presidency,” he said. “You can’t disparage women, Hispanics, disabled people. There’s nothing there, there are no plans.” The governor’s frustration with Trump has fumed from passing annoyance to focused attack even as Trump continues to surge in national polls while Bush languishes in single digits. “I find it remarkable that we have candidates basically saying the end is near, that our country no longer is great: don’t worry I’ll fix it cause we’ll make America great again without any plans,” Bush said invoking Trump’s campaign slogan. However, Trump is the front-runner in the race to choose who will run as Republican candidate for president in 2016, with the latest polls showing him on 39% – more than 10 times more than Bush’s waning share. Looking ahead to the general election, Bush says frequently he will support the eventual Republican nominee, but insists that person will not be Trump. Once considered the establishment favorite for the party’s nomination, Bush’s policy-heavy campaign has been sagging for months and failing to break into the double digits in preference polls.

He laid out the choice starkly on Saturday, saying, “Beyond question, Trump loses to Hillary Clinton.” Bush’s stump speech covers the same topics it did two weeks ago, but the governor seems to more freely invoke criticism of Trump, much in the same way he has done with President Obama and Hillary Clinton, continuing to question Trump’s seriousness as a candidate and even his intellectual curiosity. “I bring it every day, this is who I am,” Bush told a voter asking about his energy. “There’s a mythology built up that somehow I don’t do this everyday.” “We’re making really good progress because people get to see it, they don’t have to watch it on TV,” Bush said. “They get to interact, they get to joke with me, they get to be mad at me, they disagree with me from time to time.” The idea that he’s actually running for president and insulting people is deeply discouraging, to be honest with you, and I think we should reject that out of hand.

Trump, by comparison, continues to dominate the field, seemingly becoming stronger with each new, inflammatory statement he makes, the latest being a call to ban Muslims from entering the country. I hope you’ll reject it by voting for me, but a guy like that should not be the front-running candidate of our great party.” Therapy, maybe — but also a deliberate move by Bush, whose strategy to save his faltering campaign now involves attacking Trump, forcefully and frequently. The approach was on display in Tuesday evening’s Republican debate in Las Vegas, where Bush repeatedly needled Trump, seeming to irritate the real estate magnate.

Kasich, and Florida Senator Marco Rubio — if he hopes to reinvigorate his campaign. “I’m going to be up here a lot,” Bush said. “If I don’t get it today, I’m coming back next week. On Saturday, Bush planned a packed schedule of four town-hall-style meetings, intended to show his stamina and resolve. (He has still been unable to shake the “low-energy” stigma Trump put on him this summer). Throughout the day, Bush fielded questions ranging from college affordability (he said he planned to outline a plan to fix the problem of student loan debt in roughly three weeks) to how to restore America’s position of strength in the world.

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