DES MOINES, Iowa — Shaken but still fighting, Jeb Bush on Saturday took swipes at rivals Donald Trump and Marco Rubio while pleading his case for nominating an experienced leader to a capacity crowd of more than 2,000 likely Republican primary voters.
The former two-term Florida governor and former front-runner for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination is coming off a disappointing performance in last week's CNBC debate. Bush's poll numbers have dropped, his campaign contributors are grumbling, and his overall prospects are questionable, as Trump, the billionaire New Yorker and reality television star, continues to lead the field and Rubio, the junior senator from Florida, has surged ahead of him. But Bush showed up at the Iowa State Fairgrounds energized.
Dressed in jeans and a casual button down shirt and jacket, he delivered a spirited speech to a gathering organized by the state Republican Party that focused on his record in Tallahassee and plans for the presidency while attempting to undercut his competitors. Bush didn't mention Trump or Rubio by name, but it was clear from his past statements that he was criticizing the former for being bombastic and selfish, the latter Rubio for missing Senate votes to campaign for president.Read more on WashingtonExaminer.com