February 3, 2016

With reports of the Bush campaign and its Super PAC blowing spending $39 million on ads in New Hampshire, there are signs that his long ordeal campaign may soon be over.

Source: The New York Times

On Tuesday, his campaign began airing an unusually long two-minute ad in New Hampshire attacking Mr. Trump for insulting veterans, women and the disabled. And at a stop in Henniker, N.H., Mr. Bush aimed some of his most pointed language yet at Mr. Trump, who finished second in Iowa, calling him a “loser” with “deep insecurities.”

Yet on the same day Mr. Bush went so aggressively after Mr. Trump, he also sought to raise doubts about Mr. Rubio, incorporating Mr. Cruz for purposes of comparison.

“If you look at their records, they’re gifted in how they speak, but what about their life experience?” Mr. Bush asked the crowd at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, N.H., likening the two senators to President Obama, who was elected president after less than four years in the Senate. “Is there something in their past that would suggest they have the capability of making a tough decision?”

Yet there are signs Mr. Bush may still have some work to do to finish in the top tier here. Speaking to a crowd at the Hanover Inn near the Vermont border during his final stop of the day, Mr. Bush finished a fiery riff about protecting the country as commander in chief — “I won’t be out here blowharding, talking a big game without backing it up,” he said — and was met with total silence.

“Please clap,” he said, sounding defeated.

The crowd laughed — and then, finally, clapped.

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