Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) contrasted himself with real estate mogul Donald Trump (R), calling for more civility in public life.
Bush said Obama is “an American, he’s a Christian” but that “his problem is he’s a progressive liberal who tears down anyone who disagrees with him.” (Detroit Free Press)
AIR WAR. An ad, released by a liberal group Americans United for Change, riffed off Bush’s comments during the most recent debate, where he said his brother, former President George W. Bush kept America safe.
“Beyond the 9/11 attacks, the ad suggests that George W. Bush did not keep Americans safe from ‘a crumbling economy,’ ‘a bureaucratic catastrophe’ and ‘an unnecessary war.’”
Bush “thinks that” the “ad is ‘disgraceful’ for suggesting that his brother … didn’t keep the country safe during his presidency.”
Bush tweeted in response: “Your political machine’s 9/11 ad is disgraceful. As a New Yorker you know the leadership my brother provided after 9/11.” (Washington Post)
EMBRACE THE NAME. Bush embraced his famous last name more than he has previously in the campaign.
Bush: “I know how to do this because, yes, I am a Bush. … I happened to see two really good presidents develop relationships with other countries.” (CNN)
SELFIES AND TAILGATING. Bush spent a chunk of his Saturday at a tailgate before the Georgia vs. South Carolina football game in Athens, Ga.
Bush kept his remarks brief, mainly because students swarmed him both before and after his speech in an attempt to get a selfie with him. (CNN)