Bush Mocks Trump for Skipping Debate

George W. Bush may join his brother on the trail next month.

Jan. 28, 2016, 8:25 a.m.

When asked about real es­tate mogul Don­ald Trump (R), former Flor­ida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) jumped at the chance to slam his rival for sit­ting out Thursday’s Re­pub­lic­an de­bate. Bush said at a town hall in Des Moines: “Don­ald Trump’s not treated fairly by the press? He con­sumes all the press. It’s like he’s a Stra­di­vari­us vi­ol­in­ist from the Vi­enna sym­phony, man. The press is just be­ing played like nobody’s busi­ness. Poor little Don­ald, be­ing mis­treated.” 

Bush also said he has a $20 wager with his staff that Trump will show up to the de­bate any­way. (Time)

ALL IN THE FAM­ILY. Call­ing former Pres­id­ent George W. Bush the “most pop­u­lar Re­pub­lic­an alive,” Jeb Bush said he hopes his broth­er will join him on the trail in South Car­o­lina next month. “Bush said Mitt Rom­ney, the party’s pres­id­en­tial nom­in­ee in 2012, was the only Re­pub­lic­an who could com­pare to his broth­er’s pop­ular­ity. ‘These are icon­ic fig­ures in our party,’ Bush said.” (Bloomberg

ON THE LINE. In a con­fer­ence call Wed­nes­day night with 1,200 New Hamp­shire voters, Bush said “as pres­id­ent, he would pro­mote a con­ven­tion of the states to push a Bal­anced Budget Amend­ment, while pur­su­ing a ‘for­ward-lean­ing, of­fens­ive per­spect­ive’ to des­troy IS­IS. (WMUR)

SHOW OF SUP­PORT. Bush raked in a slew of en­dorse­ments. Former Rhode Is­land Gov. Lin­coln Al­mond (R) signed on to sup­port Bush’s cam­paign. He also an­nounced en­dorse­ments from “a New Hamp­shire vet­er­ans co­ali­tion of 55 vet­er­ans across the state.” (Rhode Is­land Pub­lic Ra­dio/New Hamp­shire Uni­on Lead­er)

Mean­while, Bush an­nounced his South Car­o­lina lead­er­ship team in­cludes more than 50 staffers who were “formerly co-chairs and mem­bers” of Sen. Lind­sey Gra­ham’s (R-SC) fin­ance net­work in the state. (Char­le­ston Post and Cour­i­er

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