Jeb Bush, in South Carolina Saturday, after months of decline in the polls:

If this election is about how we're going to fight to get nothing done, then I don't want to have any part of it. I don't want to be elected president to just sit around and see gridlock become so dominant that people are literally in decline in their lives. That is not my motivation. I got a lot of really cool things I could do other than sit around and be miserable, listening to people demonize me and me feeling compelled to demonize them. That is a joke. Elect Trump if you want that.

Donald Trump, in Iowa Tuesday, reacting to falling behind Ben Carson in a series of Iowa polls:

Iowa, will you get your numbers up, please? Will you get these numbers up? I promise you: I will do such a good job … Will you please do me a favor and work with my people and go out on Feb. 1 and go out and give us a victory? … I'm sticking with you people. Now if I lose Iowa, I will never speak to you people again [laughter] … I don't like being second, second is terrible to me.

Trump is a businessman who has lost a customer: What do I have to do to get you to come back? I promise I'll do a great job for you. Bush is an angry candidate blaming voters for not having the judgment to support him.