Bush campaign tries to bank on row with Trump

December 16, 2015

When Jeb Bush attacked Donald Trump by calling him the “chaos candidate” during a heated television debate, the former Florida Governor’s campaign was prepared for the follow-through.

In a spat over what to do about Islamic State militants, Bush unleashed on fellow Republican presidential hopeful Trump, saying he would be a “chaos president” if elected and summed up: “He would not be the leader we need to keep our country safe.”

As soon as the line was uttered, Bush’s campaign staffers were ready with tweets linking to www.chaospresident.com, which redirects to a page on Bush’s campaign website.

It’s a voter collection mechanism for the Bush campaign, and it reads: “Add your name if you agree Donald Trump is a chaos candidate and would be a chaos president.”

Bush was close to getting under Trump’s skin during the entire exchange, but the real estate mogul went for the jugular.

Panning Bush’s paltry support in opinion polls, Trump scoffed, “He’s failing in his campaign. It’s been a total disaster. Nobody cares.”

When Bush tried to fight back, employing a line he had already used that Trump can’t just insult his way to the president, Trump disagreed and kept on trucking.

“You’re real tough Jeb,”he said.

The debate stage is set up to feature the leading candidates in the center of the stage, so Trump drilled down further: “You’re moving over and over. Pretty soon you’re going to be off the edge.”

Republican presidential candidates businessman Donald Trump (L) and former Governor Jeb Bush (R) are seen debating on video monitors in the debate press room during the Republican presidential debate in Las Vegas, Nevada December 15, 2015. REUTERS/David Becker

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