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Did Jeb Bush Come Off As Weak At The Debate?

Jeb Bush had the #2 spot at the Republican debate, but had a difficult time getting his message across. Did the flip-flopper come off as weak at the debate?

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Did Jeb Bush Come Off As Weak At The Debate?  

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last 24 hours | cnn
So, who won the Republican debate?

"...Jeb Bush. After several bad weeks, Jeb Bush could really have used a good night. He didn't have it. Bush, like Huntsman in '12 and Dukakis in '88, seems to shrink under the klieg lights. He was nervous, halting, and just painfully uninspiring. Politics in our polarized age is about motivation and Bush gave no indication that he could motivate anyone to get out of bed and vote on a rainy day in November...." see full article


862 days ago | heavy
Who Won the Fox Republican Debate? Recap & Analysis
"...After a poor week on the campaign trail where he gave Hilary Clinton an opportunity to attack him by stumbling over his speaking points about defunding Planned Parenthood, saying I'm not sure we need half a billion dollars for women's health issues, Bush gave a lackluster performance at the debate, failing to differentiate himself significantly from the pack. This may have given Scott Walker the opening he need to be the top non-Trump choice for the nomination.For example, when given a chance by the hosts to directly attack Trump over his statements about Mexican immigrants which Bush, whose wife is Mexican, took high offense to Bush took the high road, failing to give viewers a chance to see his passion and contempt for Trump's views. ..." see full article


862 days ago | foxnews
Trump loses Republican debate but Rubio, Cruz and others triumph

"...Former Governor Jeb Bush failed to excite. His delivery was not crisp, and once again he got himself tangled up answering a question about the Iraq war. Really, he needs to get this down his slightly fuzzy answers about his brother and the Iraq invasion make him appear irresolute. Maybe he really is simply rusty. The only issue on which he scored was education; he defends his support of Common Core with vigor...." see full article


862 days ago | mediaite
Who Were the Big Winners and Losers at the GOP Debates?
"...Loser: Jeb Bush. Uninspiring. Almost invisible when juxtaposed against the other nine candidates on stage. Bush already had no margin for error given the family brand name, and his campaign has been uneven and unconfident since it began...." see full article


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862 days ago | washingtonpost
The winners of the first Republican debate

"...Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was polished and error free, defending his immigration views and support for school standards, reiterating his opposition to federally-imposed curriculum reminding the audience of his considerable conservative achievements. His best moment came with a defense of a pro-growth agenda with a goal of 4 percent growth...." see full article


862 days ago | hollywoodreporter
John Kasich Won the Debate
"...Is there a blander, more boring personality in American politics? The guy looks like the runny yolk of a fried egg. He's trying to be assertive tonight because he's been told he needs to project "passion." But when his lips move, there's still a big blank. Why the heck the major media hails him as the GOP frontrunner is beyond comprehension except that big money has been showering down on him like powdered sugar on a donut. Why do Jeb's smiles remind me of a dimply grandmother? He could and should have been a high school principal. I don't see him on the world stage, holding the line against ISIS...." see full article


862 days ago | theatlantic
Scott Walker and Jeb Bush Have a Rough Night

"...For Walker and Bush, though, the evening was a disappointment. Both men planned their debate on the assumption that it was more important to survive than to win. Jeb Bush, after all, is the heavy favorite among the Republican Party's big donors, a group that usually gets its way. Scott Walker has positioned himself as the single candidate least unacceptable to all major Republican factions the kind of candidate who got picked in the era of the smoke-filled room and who still often prevails today (think Bob Dole for the Republicans in 1996, or John Kerry for the Democrats in 2004). Novelty candidates may flare from time to time, as they did in 2012, but Bush and Walker have the financial and political resources for the long march or so they and their backers can believe...." see full article


862 days ago | theatlantic
Party leaders now have to worry whether Walker might actually be a less-articulate and self-disciplined version of Ted Cruz.

"...As for Jeb Bush, he had the worst night of all. His job in these debates is to replicate Mitt Romney in 2012: to prove himself the most professional, most knowledgeable, and least-flawed choice in a big field. The activists may not like it, but as one after one of their preferred alternatives falters, they will have to submit to the reality, Guys, there's only one potential president on that stage. ..." see full article


862 days ago | newyorker
Nobody Wins, Trump Stays In

"...The most fractured rhetoric on the purpose of American military action, though, came from Bush, and in a way that shows his weakness as a candidate. Kelly asked him how he could look at the families of soldiers who'd died in Iraq and say that your brother's war was a mistake. His answer had a stream-of-consciousness quality to it. Bush mentioned twice how difficult it had been for him to talk to families of soldiers in Florida ( It was really hard to do ), said that Obama shouldn't have left Iraq, and ended with something like a non sequitur about how to honor the people that died, we need to we need to stop the Iran agreement, for sure. He has been asked this question, in one form or another, more times than there are Republican candidates in the primaries. He still doesn't have an answer...." see full article


862 days ago | yahoo
In night of introductions to national audience, Jeb Bush underperforms - Yahoo Politics
"...Jeb Bush was uneven and tepid in his first debate as a presidential candidate.The former Florida governor struggled to find a comfort zone in the debate setting, looking at times like he was trying to process a multitude of thoughts simultaneously, very unlike his more confident self on the campaign trail in less formal settings.If Bush is workmanlike in a speech, but animated and inspired in a question-and-answer session or a town hall setting, then in his first time on the debate stage he looked uncertain...." see full article


862 days ago | abcnews.go
Republican Presidential Debate: Winners and Losers of the First GOP Showdown

"...He was forced to explain his break with the party on immigration, was booed on his education stance, and continued to struggle with questions about the Iraq War and political dynasty. While he did nothing tonight to overtly damage his candidacy, he also failed to dispel the deep skepticism over his candidacy inside the party.But Bush rose above the fray after Trump attacked Bush's brother, former President George W. Bush, for giving the country to Obama. Bush also denied published reports that he's privately called Trump a buffoon and worse. Mr. Trump's language is divisive, Jeb Bush said. We're going to win when we unite people with a hopeful and optimistic message. Worth noting, however, that when Bush bragged in his opening remarks of his nickname as governor of Florida -- Veto Corleone, as he does regularly on the trail -- he's referencing a movie that was released in 1972...." see full article


862 days ago | economist
Who were the debate's winners and losers?
"...Jeb Bush, a former Florida governor, performed with unmemorable adequacy. At times he displayed an appealing, easy-going, articulate self-assurance, but his lack of zest and a handful of trivial verbal stumbles kept him from gaining momentum. His name and fundraising advantage will hold him in good stead for the time being, but he'll need to shake off the rust and turn up the wattage if he is to capture the loyalty of an already lukewarm conservative base...." see full article


862 days ago | cnbc
What Trump and Bush did wrong in the debate
"...Jeb Bush got caught in the crossfire after Trump attacked his family name. Bush needed to stand tall and maintain eye contact. He should've challenged Trump directly and forcefully with both body and verbal language that shows you won't back down. If Vladimir Putin or some other leader attacks the United States, we want our president to fight back. So how did Bush respond to the attack on the family name? I've seen stronger fights on "Gossip Girl." Jeb Bush should have been more forceful in defending his family name...." see full article


862 days ago | nationaljournal
John Kasich Is Stealing Jeb Bush's Thunder
"...Bush made no major blunders, but he looked out of his element at times. It was clear that his free-wheeling style and aversion to the choreography of politics was preventing him from making a bigger mark. He stumbled (again) over a question about his brother's decision to invade Iraq, clumsily pivoting to Iran at the end. He wasn't as forceful on his key issue immigration reform as he could have been, especially with Donald Trump standing next to him on stage. "He seemed a little pale, a little flat," Fox News moderator Chris Wallace said in the network's post-debate coverage.Bush didn't look like the confident front-runner on stage Thursday night and he's been stagnant in recent polling despite his name identification. If there's room for an establishment alternative, Kasich is well-positioned to capitalize. The Ohio governor's deliberate line of being the "son of a mailman" offers a stark contrast to Bush's elite upbringing. And if style matters as much as substance to Republicans something that Donald Trump's surge has demonstrated Kasich's ability to connect with voters emotionally trumps Bush's ability to do the same...." see full article


862 days ago | forbes
Kasich, Bush And Christie Won The First GOP Debate
"...Jeb Bush the other adult in the room. He has a modulated voice, a sober demeanor, and his thoughtfulness worked tonight particularly because there was a lot of anger in the room. He was persuasive about being a conservative on life, on the budget, and on faith. At the same time, he also showed that he can speak to the broader electorate as well on immigration and education...." see full article


862 days ago | usatoday
Jeb dead. Rand wounded. Fiorina shines. Folks fuming at Fox: Column - USA TODAY

"...There are three sub-primaries happening simultaneously within the Republican Party. The first is the race to be the champion of the establishment. I've said for months Jeb Bush was dead. This debate confirmed the coroner's report. When his best answer was defending his support for the loathsome Common Core that tells you all you need to know. Then to say in a GOP primary "it doesn't matter" that he directed a charity that awarded millions to Planned Parenthood amounts to self-immolation. His rambling and bumbling closing statement was symptomatic of the realization he knows his goose is cooked...." see full article


862 days ago | nationaljournal
John Kasich Is Stealing Jeb Bush's Thunder - National Journal
"...At the inaugural GOP presidential debate, a swing-state governor with a record of reforms and a message of economic mobility made his mark. Entering the debate stage to loud applause, the experienced GOP executive touted his brand of compassionate conservatism. He disarmed skeptics of his free-wheeling speaking style, coming prepared with crisp talking points advocating his governing record.That governor wasn't former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. It was current Ohio Gov. John Kasich."Kasich is killing it. Hopeful. Uplifting. Optimistic. And he has an appeal to those who think the GOP doesn't care," tweeted Ari Fleischer, former spokesman for George W. Bush.If there's one immediate consequence of the hyped first Republican presidential debate, it's that millions of American viewers will be learning about many GOP candidates after knowing little about them beforehand. And one of those lesser-known but highly-accomplished candidates is Kasich, the two-term governor of the politically-pivotal battleground state...." see full article


862 days ago | foxnews
Trump loses Republican debate but Rubio, Cruz and others triumph

"...Former Governor Jeb Bush failed to excite. His delivery was not crisp, and once again he got himself tangled up answering a question about the Iraq war. Really, he needs to get this down his slightly fuzzy answers about his brother and the Iraq invasion make him appear irresolute. Maybe he really is simply rusty. The only issue on which he scored was education; he defends his support of Common Core with vigor...." see full article


862 days ago | politico
The Debates Biggest WinnersAnd Losers

"...The biggest shock of the night and arguably the most consequential development was Jeb Bush's failure to shine. He had some strong moments and by no means did he bomb. But he did not have the sort of commanding presence he needs to reassure his backers and attract people to his cause. Scott Walker had a similar problem. He didn't embarrass himself either, but he seemed to shrink over the course of the night...." see full article


862 days ago | forbes
Republicans Debate Economics: Rubio Wins, Bush Falters, Huckabee Exaggerates
"...Jeb Bush, whose performance lacked any standout moments indicative of a man dominating the fundraising race, was asked how he planned to enact his ambitious goal of 19 million new jobs and a 4 percent GDP growth rate. The Fox News moderators who each had stellar execution, particularly Megyn Kelly pointed out that this number of jobs would have been triple what his combined father and brother accomplished. Bush said he'd do this by reforming the tax code, repealing the Affordable Care Act, fixing our immigration system and supporting expanded oil and gas exploration.While each of these priorities is a worthy goal, first it's difficult that one president could tackle all of them and even if he could, our aging demographics make his projections unlikely. And many economists agree, with perhaps the most common figure among forecasters in the 2 percent GDP range...." see full article


862 days ago | businessinsider
Jeb Bush turned in a workmanlike performance at the GOP debate, but will it be ... - Business Insider

"...Bush refused to take the bait, batting away Trump's blast by criticizing the billionaire' s language as divisive and sticking with his policy of not re-litigating his brother's presidency."We're going to win when we unite people with an optimistic message," he said.It was vintage Bush, the type of comment he has made on the campaign trail all year in his drive to run a "joyful" campaign. Will it be enough?Some of the talk on the sidelines of a Republican National Committee meeting in Cleveland over the last few days was that the studious former Florida governor should show more fire in the belly...." see full article


862 days ago | nytimes
Bush and Trump Aren't Among the GOP Debate Winners - New York Times

"...With that in mind, I suspect most pundits will conclude that Jeb Bush did not do well, no matter how one looks at it. Did he make any great errors? No. He even did well at times, and probably grew stronger as the debate went on. But he did not always nail tough but predictable questions, like on the war in Iraq.PhotoMr. Bush is less conservative than many other candidates. If he doesn't show that he can be an especially strong candidate in the general election, and if there are equal or better and more conservative alternatives, it's hard to imagine today's conservative Republican Party ultimately coalescing behind him...." see full article


862 days ago | nbcnews
Who Stood Out in the First GOP Primary Debate?

"...We've covered Rubio, Kasich, and Trump -- now it's time to turn to Jeb Bush's performance. He was hesitant and even looked a bit nervous at the tough questions that came his way. Jeb did get better as time went on, however. But Trump gave Jeb a big pass when he took the high road on their exchange over Trump's tone. If Republican primary voters are going to demand that their eventual GOP nominee be a fighter (against Hillary, Obama, the Democratic Party), Jeb has some work to do on this front. As for Scott Walker, he had some nice answers for Iowa caucus-goers (on abortion, Planned Parenthood, his faith). But he seemed more of an afterthought than you'd expect from a co-frontrunner...." see full article


862 days ago | theatlantic
Scott Walker and Jeb Bush Have a Rough Night - The Atlantic

"...For Walker and Bush, though, the evening was a disappointment. Both men planned their debate on the assumption that it was more important to survive than to win. Jeb Bush, after all, is the heavy favorite among the Republican Party's big donors, a group that usually gets its way. Scott Walker has positioned himself as the single candidate least unacceptable to all major Republican factions the kind of candidate who got picked in the era of the smoke-filled room and who still often prevails today (think Bob Dole for the Republicans in 1996, or John Kerry for the Democrats in 2004). Novelty candidates may flare from time to time, as they did in 2012, but Bush and Walker have the financial and political resources for the long march or so they and their backers can believe...." see full article


862 days ago | politico
The Debates Biggest WinnersAnd Losers

"...Jeb Bush, who had to overcome a recent reputation for bumbling and gaffes, seemed strong, capable, sympathetic and accessible. Frankly, he was also probably helped by the fact that his height (he's 6'4 ) and his position near the center of the stage made him tower over the others, literally...." see full article


862 days ago | townhall
Rowdy, Memorable Republican Debate Lives Up to Hype

"...The former Florida governor seemed nervous and halting at times, hitting his stride occasionally, like in a good answer on economic growth. Decent, but unremarkable. And unmemorable. Serious question: If they'd known nothing about his family history or massive campaign war chest, would viewers have been able to tell that Jeb Bush is considered a frontrunner based on his showing and presence? ..." see full article



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