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Sep 4, 2015

Jeb Bush rejects Trump demand that everyone speak English in U.S

By Steve Holland

LACONIA, N.H. (Reuters) – U.S. Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush on Thursday rejected what he called a bizarre notion voiced by front-running rival Donald Trump that people should speak English in the United States.

Bush, who is bilingual in Spanish and frequently breaks into the language at his events, vowed to keep speaking Spanish whenever he feels like it.

Sep 3, 2015

Bush says will lay out tax reform plan next week in North Carolina

By Steve Holland

HAMPTON, N.H. (Reuters) – Jeb Bush will lay out a tax plan next week aimed at lowering corporate and personal tax rates and giving the U.S. economy a jolt, the Republican presidential candidate said on Thursday.

Bush said he would announce details of his plan on Wednesday in Raleigh, North Carolina. He said he would seek to enable U.S. companies which have an estimated $2 trillion in cash abroad to bring that money home to reinvest in American businesses and create jobs.

Sep 3, 2015

Trump expected to sign Republican loyalty pledge: party official

By Alistair Bell and Steve Holland

WASHINGTON/HAMPTON. N.H. (Reuters) – U.S. presidential hopeful Donald Trump is expected on Thursday to sign a pledge not to run as an independent candidate if he loses the Republican Party nomination, a party official said, despite earlier refusals to rule out a third-party bid.

If he signs, it will be a victory for the party establishment in its efforts to rein in the billionaire, who leads opinion polls but has upset mainstream Republicans with his brash style and unusually personal attacks on rivals.

Sep 2, 2015

Jeb Bush’s new stance on Trump: Bring it on

By Steve Holland

MANCHESTER, N.H. (Reuters) – Republican Jeb Bush’s new campaign ad ridiculing Donald Trump as a “germophobe” and Democrat-in-disguise is just the start of what will be a bigger onslaught, signaling a more aggressive stance by the candidate, Bush advisers said on Wednesday.

Some confidants of the former Florida governor have been seething for weeks at Trump’s taunts and attacks on Bush. They have been urging the campaign to shift from the cautious approach that has distinguished Bush’s early months as a candidate.

Sep 2, 2015

Fiorina may join next U.S. Republican debate after CNN rule change

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – CNN changed its rules on Tuesday for the next Republican presidential debate in a way that could give former business executive Carly Fiorina a chance to take the stage with the main contenders for the party’s 2016 presidential nomination.

The cable network, which is sponsoring the Sept. 16 debate, said any candidate who ranks in the top 10 in polling since the first debate on Aug. 6 would be included in the next prime-time debate.

Sep 1, 2015

CNN tweaks Republican debate rules in a way that may let Fiorina in

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – CNN changed its rules on Tuesday for the next Republican presidential debate in a way that could give former business executive Carly Fiorina a chance to take the stage with the main contenders for the party’s 2016 presidential nomination.

The cable network, which is sponsoring the Sept. 16 debate, said any candidate who ranks in the top 10 in polling since the first debate on Aug. 6 would be included in the next prime-time debate.

Sep 1, 2015

Republican Bush steps up criticism of Donald Trump

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Jeb Bush offered his most direct assault on Donald Trump to date on Tuesday, retaliating for a series of personal insults with a review of his front-running rival’s past record of supporting Democratic causes.

In a Web video, the Bush campaign used Trump’s own words in support of Democrat Hillary Clinton and for a universal healthcare system, higher taxes and partial-birth abortion to make the case that he is not a conservative.

Aug 31, 2015
via Tales from the Trail

Immigration wars: Bush fires back at Trump

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Donald Trump is using some creative editing to take a fresh shot at Jeb Bush for his support for immigration reforms. In this Instagram video the Republican presidential candidate accuses Bush of supporting the type of policies that allowed illegal immigrant Francisco Sanchez to roam free. Sanchez, a murder suspect at the center of the immigration debate, has been charged with killing a San Francisco woman in July. He had seven felony convictions and has been deported five times.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump signs autographs during the National Federation of Republican Assemblies at Rocketown in Nashville, Tennessee August 29, 2015. REUTERS/Harrison McClary

 The Trump video shows Bush describing immigration as an “act of love” and splices in photos of Sanchez and two other illegal immigrants convicted or charged with murder, Santana Gaona and Brian Omar Hyde, to suggest the former Florida governor and rival presidential candidate is soft on crime.

Aug 13, 2015

Jeb Bush rejects Democrats’ criticism over his Iraq stance

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush accused President Barack Obama on Thursday of not ensuring Iraq remained stable after his brother left a “fragile but secure” environment, returning to the topic of Iraq for the second time this week.

At a national security forum in Davenport, Iowa, Bush rejected Democratic criticism that he is trying to rewrite history by saying Obama’s policies, not the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq launched by then-President George W. Bush, contributed to the rise of the Islamic State militant force.

Aug 12, 2015

Jeb Bush says Hillary Clinton shares blame for Islamic State rise

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush on Tuesday attacked Democrat Hillary Clinton for her handling of Iraq as secretary of state, saying she must share the blame for the rise of Islamic State militants, in a prelude to a potential general election matchup in 2016.

Iraq is a tricky topic for Bush, given the dismay many Americans still feel over the rationale for the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq ordered by his brother, former President George W. Bush, in 2003.

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