Good points about Jeb… he should get out soon….
Jeb Bush “is suddenly campaigning like he’s in a therapy session, wounded and wrestling with his identity both as a political performer and as heir to the Bush family dynasty. On a comeback tour here this week to rehabilitate his sputtering candidacy, Bush wore his emotions on his sleeve and volunteered introspective interpretations of why he wasn’t winning,” the Washington Post reports.
“Ten months ago, Bush was the ready-set-go candidate — the one many Republicans could most easily imagine in the Oval Office. Now, he is an awkward aspirant humbled by his own mistakes and miscalculations — not to mention months of Donald Trump’s ‘low energy’ taunts — and searching for his currency in a conservative movement that has moved on from the Bushes.”
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Trump is likely just stronger as a candidate after the 3rd round of debates.
He was more “above the fray” this time, more restrained but also very efficient and authoritative when shutting people down, and in the end – he will probably get enough votes to become the nominee, based upon his proven ability to get things done.
Trump is now widely seen as most electable candidate, has huge leads on issues like the economy, trade and immigration, a big polling lead nationally, and big leads in 3 of 4 primary states for months.
A new Associated Press-GfK poll finds that 70% of Republican voters view Donald Trump as their strongest general election candidate, highlighting “the sharp contrast between the party’s voters and its top professionals regarding the billionaire businessman’s ultimate political strength.”
Trump & Carson steady in the front for the GOP nomination, Trump back up in Iowa, and big leads (+17 and +26) in NH and SC.
A new CBS News poll in Iowa shows Donald Trump and Ben Carson deadlocked at 27% to 27%, with Ted Cruz at 12%, Marco Rubio at 9% and Jeb Bush at 6%.
In New Hampshire, Trump leads with 38%, followed by Carson at 12%, Bush at 8%, Rubio at 7%, Carly Fiorina at 7%, Cruz at 5% and John Kasich at 5%.
In South Carolina, Trump leads with 40%, followed by Carson at 23%, Cruz at 8%, Rubio at 7% and Bush at 6%.
Carson might get more scrutiny after leading in Iowa this week…
Ben Carson said he would “love” to see Roe vs. Wade overturned, making abortion illegal nationwide, with almost no exemptions, NBC News reports.
Said Carson: “I’m a reasonable person and if people can come up with a reasonable explanation of why they would like to kill a baby, I’ll listen.”
Jeb! seems to be practically signing out of the race with these statements… the reluctant candidate is now the uninterested and unmotivated candidate.. but maybe a part of Jeb is just glad.. that he doesn’t have to do this.. it’s not in his nature and it’s obvious to see….
Jeb Bush sounds like he’s getting frustrated with running for president, CBS News reports.
Said Bush: “If this election is about how we’re going to fight to get nothing done, then I don’t want anything, I don’t want any part of it. I don’t want to be elected president to sit around and see gridlock just become so dominant that people literally are in decline in their lives. That is not my motivation.”
He added: “I’ve got a lot of really cool things I could do other than sit around, be miserable, listening to people demonize me and me feeling compelled to demonize them. That is a joke. Elect Trump if you want that.”
Ben Carson is way up in Iowa – and Trump has to start punching first this time..
Miami (CNN) Donald Trump on Friday downplayed the results of two Iowa polls that show him slipping to second place in the key first state, and he took shots at Iowa’s new front-runner: Ben Carson.
Speaking at Trump National Doral Miami resort, Trump knocked Carson’s reserved persona and questioned his competence before a revved-up crowd of supporters.
"Donald Trump falls to second place behind Ben Carson," Trump said, reading the headline of the day. "We informed Ben, but he was sleeping."
He added that Carson could not aggressively tackle trade in the way Trump has pledged to do and said the country needs a "special leader" with "tremendous energy" as president. And in more subtle ways, Trump hinted at a contrast between him and Carson as he pointed out that the U.S. needs a strong leader in the face of "medieval times" in which ISIS is beheading Christians.