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Tue Sep 1, 2015, 11:36 PM

Jeb Bush, sinking in the polls, goes on the attack against Trump

Source: Fortune

The former frontrunner is abandoning his hands-off approach toward Trump — a perilous if necessary change in tactics.... That’s the unmistakable takeaway from a one-two punch the faltering former Republican frontrunner launched Tuesday against the contender who’s displaced him.

First, the Bush campaign released an 80-second online video that used old footage of Trump to call attention to his history of conservative apostasies. A succession of clips shows Trump describing himself as “very pro-choice,” a fan of single-payer healthcare, higher taxes on the rich and President Obama’s stimulus package, and a Hillary Clinton supporter. “I’ve lived in New York City in Manhattan all my life, so, you know, my views are a little bit different than if I lived in Iowa,” Trump says in a snippet from a 1999 Meet the Press interview that the Bush campaign uses both to open and close the ad..... “He attacks me every day. He attacks me every day with barbarities,” Bush said, according to a Washington Post report that translated his comments. “They’re not true. What we did today was to put out in his words to show that he’s not conservative. He supports people like Nancy Pelosi. He’s given money to Hillary Clinton. He was a Democrat longer than Republican. He’s said that he’s more comfortable being a Democrat. He doesn’t have a record, because he hasn’t been a person who has served like me, who served for eight years as governor. He’s not a conservative. That’s my point.”...

Bush’s newly aggressive tack comes as polls show him lagging considerably behind the billionaire developer — both nationally and in the early proving grounds of Iowa and New Hampshire. And it marks a sharp strategic reversal. Less than two months ago, Bush swore off even discussing Trump, dismissing him as an unserious candidate and a distraction from the real contest. Several weeks later, as Trump has consolidated his lead and proved it more durable than the competition could have imagined, Bush no longer appears to have the luxury of a pay-no-mind attitude.

Read more: http://fortune.com/2015/09/01/sinking-jeb-attacks-trump/



We have seen how well this tactic has worked for other candidates:

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Reply Jeb Bush, sinking in the polls, goes on the attack against Trump (Original post)
Attorney in Texas Sep 2015 OP
Roy Rolling Sep 2015 #1
napi21 Sep 2015 #2
RandySF Sep 2015 #3
Ford_Prefect Sep 2015 #5
beac Sep 2015 #4
Name removed Sep 2015 #6
C Moon Sep 2015 #7
thebighobgoblin Sep 2015 #8
Name removed Sep 2015 #10
vinny9698 Sep 2015 #11
wolfie001 Sep 2015 #9
vinny9698 Sep 2015 #12
brooklynite Sep 2015 #13

Response to Attorney in Texas (Original post)

Tue Sep 1, 2015, 11:40 PM

1. This will be entertaining. n/t

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Response to Attorney in Texas (Original post)

Tue Sep 1, 2015, 11:42 PM

2. Yes he did, but Trumpshot a video back at the Jebster that will make him sink deeper!

Jebster tried to make Trump look like a Dem but in Trumps rebuttal video he showed Jeb praising Hillary & Bill and how friendly the Bushies are with the Clintons. He even threw in a clip of a reporter asking Shrub what that makes Hillary, and his response.. "My sister-in-law!" I don't think Jebster won this one.

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Response to Attorney in Texas (Original post)

Wed Sep 2, 2015, 12:03 AM

3. Trump will NOT be the nominee.

It will be Bush or Walker.

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Response to RandySF (Reply #3)

Wed Sep 2, 2015, 12:17 AM

5. Hard to believe since neither one is above single digits in recent polls.

Even if Trump drops out (for reasons unknown at this time) both are still well behind in national polls.

We've already had the insufferably lame McCain/Palin duet, so we know it is possible for the GOP to punt and do so badly. They are so divided ATM it is difficult to see them as running a serious national campaign. I don't doubt they will try to but the odds are rather long at present. I have no doubt their congressional programs will be more focused and effective, sadly.

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Response to Attorney in Texas (Original post)

Wed Sep 2, 2015, 12:12 AM

4. Reminds me of this:

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Response to Name removed (Reply #6)

Wed Sep 2, 2015, 02:17 AM

7. +1

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Response to Attorney in Texas (Original post)

Wed Sep 2, 2015, 06:21 AM

8. He has no choice

 

The other idiots in his party won't get out of the way, and he's just getting lost in the crowd. I think Bush will benefit from going on the offensive, if for no other reason than that people will actually know he's in the campaign. Bush's main problem is a lack of visibility. Never underestimate the capacity of the Bush clan to play dirty.

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Response to thebighobgoblin (Reply #8)

Wed Sep 2, 2015, 11:49 AM

11. Playing "dirty" always has been a successful strategy

If you follow political history, you know that playing dirty has always been around.

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Response to Attorney in Texas (Original post)

Wed Sep 2, 2015, 08:24 AM

9. JEB!!! The phony milquetoast......

Now that's an honest campaign slogan!

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Response to Attorney in Texas (Original post)

Wed Sep 2, 2015, 12:14 PM

12. Under the old GOP "rules", it was Bush's turn to run

The GOP had a tradition of having people wait in line to run. Now with the establishment GOP losing it political might, it is everyone for themselves. The pecking order has been dissolved. One rich donor can fund a candidate regardless of polls or establishment politics.
Makes for a more interesting campaign.

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Response to vinny9698 (Reply #12)

Wed Sep 2, 2015, 02:43 PM

13. Actually, under the old GOP rules, it was SANTORUM's turn to run...

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