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Nov 4, 2015
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Stung by last debate, Bush says he’s prepping less for next one

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Jeb Bush has heard all the talk about what he did wrong at the last debate of Republican presidential candidates.

His response: He’s going to do less debate preparation for the next debate and instead will just speak his mind.

Nov 2, 2015

Jeb 2.0: Bush relaunches campaign with e-book, tour

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Battered by weeks of negative headlines, Republican Jeb Bush launches a campaign reboot on Monday with a “Jeb Can Fix It” tour and release of an e-book that reveals a more personal side to a 2016 candidate who has struggled on the public stage.

Bush’s dismal performance at a debate of Republican presidential candidates last week in Colorado was an added burden to a candidate once considered the favorite for the nomination and now suffering drooping poll numbers and fund-raising.

Nov 2, 2015

Republican campaigns seek more active role in debate planning

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Representatives from Republican presidential campaigns on Sunday demanded a more active role in negotiations with TV networks over how presidential debates are conducted and sought a more limited role for the Republican National Committee.

Officials from 11 campaigns for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination met for two hours behind closed doors at a hotel in the Washington suburb of Alexandria, Virginia, to discuss the way forward just days after a heavily criticized debate hosted by CNBC in Boulder, Colorado.

Oct 31, 2015

Republican Party kicks NBC News out of sponsoring February debate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican National Committee on Friday dumped NBC News from sponsoring a Feb. 26 debate of presidential candidates in the fallout over a debate conducted by media partner CNBC this week that was roundly criticized by the candidates.

The move comes as several campaigns seek to change the format for the remaining debates due to concerns too many candidates are on stage and do not get enough time to speak.

Oct 30, 2015

George W. Bush: Jeb should not worry about defending him

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former President George W. Bush believes his brother Jeb should stop defending the White House decisions the elder Bush made, and he is seeking to reassure jittery supporters about the health of Jeb’s campaign, according to sources.

Some of Jeb Bush’s most difficult moments on the campaign trail have come when he has gotten caught up in a debate about George W. Bush’s decision to go to war in Iraq in 2003.

Oct 30, 2015

Republican Party chairman suspends partnership with NBC for February 26 debate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican National Committee on Friday dumped NBC News from sponsoring a Feb. 26 debate of presidential candidates in the fallout over a debate conducted by media partner CNBC this week that was roundly criticized by the candidates.

The move comes as several campaigns seek to change the format for the remaining debates due to concerns too many candidates are on stage at the same time and do not get enough time to speak.

Oct 29, 2015

Republicans go on the attack in feisty US presidential debate

By Steve Holland and James Oliphant

BOULDER, Colo. (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush suggested rival Marco Rubio resign his Senate seat on Wednesday at a testy economic debate marked by frequent personal attacks and several heated clashes over tax policy.

With time running short until the first nominating contest in three months, the 10 Republicans in the evening’s main debate were anxious to stand out, and several were quick to leap to the attack. The candidates frequently talked over each other and the moderators in their haste to make points.

Oct 29, 2015

Trump, Carson to face scrutiny at Republican presidential debate

By Steve Holland and James Oliphant

BOULDER, Colo. (Reuters) – Political outsiders Ben Carson and Donald Trump will be under pressure to prove their economic expertise at Wednesday’s presidential debate, with eight struggling rivals eager to expose what they see as policy weaknesses in the two front-runners.

The nationally televised debate comes at a crucial time in the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, as Carson has moved ahead of Trump in some national and local polls just three months before the first nominating contest in Iowa.

Oct 28, 2015

Republican rivals eager to turn election debate against Trump, Carson

By Steve Holland

BOULDER, Colo. (Reuters) – Seasoned politicians trailing Donald Trump and Ben Carson for the Republican nomination in the U.S. presidential election campaign are eager to shift the focus to the economy and policy in Wednesday’s debate and expose what they see as weaknesses in the two front-runners.

Jeb Bush and other candidates are trying to turn the tide in a campaign that is dominated so far by provocative rhetoric that has played to the strengths of Trump, a bombastic reality television star and developer, and Carson, a soft-spoken surgeon who has been gaining support in opinion polls.

Oct 28, 2015

US rivals see chance for opening against Trump, Carson at Republican debate

, Oct 27 (Reuters) – Seasoned U.S. politicians
trailing Donald Trump and Ben Carson for the Republican
presidential nomination are eager to shift the campaign focus to
the economy and policy in Wednesday’s debate and expose what
they see as weaknesses in the two front-runners.

Jeb Bush and other candidates are trying to turn the tide in
a campaign that is dominated so far by provocative rhetoric that
has played to the strengths of Trump, a bombastic reality
television star and developer, and Carson, a soft-spoken surgeon
who has been gaining support in opinion polls.

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