Jeb Bush Enlists Brother’s Help in Presidential Race
As the presidential race heats up, former Governor of Florida Jeb Bush is enlisting the help of his brother, former President George W. Bush, in his bid to take over the White House in 2016. Bush recently wrote a fundraising email to support his younger brother, who is currently trailing frontrunner Donald Trump in the polls.
“I rarely send emails like this, but I wanted to make sure I asked for your support on behalf of my brother, Jeb,” George W. Bush wrote in the first campaign message of its kind by the 43rd president. “This is a consequential time in our nation’s history, and we need a strong leader,” he added. “Jeb took on tough challenges as Florida’s governor and delivered results. I know he will do the same as president.”
According to ndtv.com, George W. Bush remains deeply divisive in the United States, where many argue that his Iraq invasion was among the worst foreign policy blunders in U.S. history.
Even though Jeb insisted many times that he is “his own man,” he has still struggled to emerge from under his brother’s shadow. He was even criticized recently from presidential rivals for hiring several advisors who used to work under George W. Bush while he was in office.
Donald Trump A.K.A “The Donald” Lashes Out
George W. Bush’s email quickly hit inboxes as a new Quinnipiac University poll shows that Jeb is trailing Trump in three key swing states. Those states include Pennsylvania, Ohio and Jeb’s home turf of Florida.
According to The Ledger Gazette, the email landed just as Bush began taking a stronger stand against relentless rhetoric by Trump, who on Wednesday hammered Bush for his Iraq and immigration policies and ridiculed his deflated poll numbers.
“He’s going down like a rock,” Trump told a raucous, overflowing crowd in New Hampshire, which holds the first-in-the-nation primary. “I don’t see how he’s electable,” Trump taunted, as Bush spoke just miles away at his own New Hampshire town hall.
“You know what’s happening to Jeb’s crowd, right down the street? They’re sleeping!” Trump boomed.
In the meanwhile, Bush returned fire by saying that “Mr Trump doesn’t have a proven conservative record” and “was a Democrat longer in the last decade than he was a Republican.” He also blasted Trump’s ideas on the issue of immigration.
Trump has unveiled an immigration plan that includes building a wall on the US-Mexico border, and rounding up and deporting millions of undocumented immigrants, reports Toshiba.com.
“This whole immigration debate is hurtful for a lot of people, really hurtful,” Bush told reporters Thursday. “There’s a lot of people who share the immigrant experience, and what they hear is ‘You don’t think I’m part of this, part of this country.'”
Bush became irritated when asked if it was appropriate to say that he is his own man, yet he is asking for his brother’s help in his campaign.
“Is that a contradiction?” Bush responded, visibly agitated.”I have my own record, my own life experience,” he added. “I’m blessed to have a brother that loves me and wants to help me. Over and out.”
As of right now, there are 16 major Republican candidates in the 2016 presidential race, including Trump and Bush.
In regards to the Democratic race, there are four major candidates running, with the possibility of Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren entering the race as well.
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