Bush tries to steal Trump’s Twitter thunder in rowdy debate

December 16, 2015

Jeb Bush made a “comeback” on social media during the fifth Republican presidential debate as he made bold comments against the pack’s front-runner Donald Trump and took a strong stance on national security.

Heading into the debate, the social media spotlight was on Trump and Ted Cruz, a senator from Texas who recently surpassed the real estate mogul in opinion polls in early-voting state Iowa. 

But one of the most tweeted moments during the debate turned out to be a heated exchange between Trump and Bush. 

The former Florida governor attacked Trump by saying “You’re not going to be able to insult your way to the presidency” and Trump fired back  saying that ”with Jeb’s attitude, we will never be great again.”

However, the row wasn’t enough to win Bush the top spot in the social media realm.

According to Twitter data, Trump took about 35 percent of all conversations on Twitter hash tagged #GOPdebate, while Bush took 13 percent and Cruz 11 percent. Rubio and Carson tied at 9 percent. 

Other buzzing moments on social media came from ex-Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina’s opening statement. 

The sole female candidate said she had fought her way to the top of corporate America “while being called every B-word in the book.” Many on Twitter instantly reacted to the comment, speculating on what the list of B-words might have been.

Another trending topic during the debate was House of Cards, a popular drama series by Netflix. The streaming service announced the start date of the series’ fourth season by launching a fake campaign ad for President Frank Underwood’s re-election bid.

Republican presidential candidate and former Governor Jeb Bush speaks during the Republican presidential debate in Las Vegas, Nevada December 15, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Blake

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