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Struggling Bush Campaign Plans Ramped up SC Push

 

South Carolina voters can expect to see more of Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush, and see more of him up close, according to his campaign.  “We’re making more of a focus on the early states,”
said Bush campaign communications director Tim Miller.   “We’ll be spending more time in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, longer trips, more, smaller events where you're able to get more one-on-one time with folks.”

With Bush’s poll numbers looking weak (A new Quinnipiac University survey gives him only 4 percent support among Republican and likely-Republican voters.) and a widely criticized performance in the
October 28 candidates’ debate on CNBC, the former Florida governor’s campaign has sought a fresh start with what Moore calls a “redirect.”  In a recent appearance before a town hall meeting at the VFW hall in Lexington, Bush played up a new emphasis on his
record of accomplishment as governor.   Supporters waved signs displaying a newly unveiled slogan “Jeb Can Fix It!” 


Jeb can fix it?

“The talk about the Republican race has kind of gone off the rails and been less focused on who can actually do the job and more focused on the personalities up on stage,” Miller explained.   “We're
really reframing this race around who's the person who can fix the problems in DC.”

“We can grow our economy at four percent per year as far as the eye can see,” Bush told the Lexington crowd,  “but it’s going to require a whole new approach of shifting power away from Washignton
DC.”

In conversations with supporters at the VFW, the candidate played up affinity for struggling families and entrepreneurs and pushed his newly released e-book “Reply All,” a collection of email exchanges
with constituents from his days as Florida governor, proof he told the crowd, of his responsiveness to the needs of ordinary Americans, and his desire to serve.

“There are two kinds of politicians,” he declared, “like me, who actually think that service is what this is all about, and then the big personalities on the stage that are doing it because they
want their ego to be satisfied.”  That apparent reference to flamboyant opponent Donald Trump brought laughs and Bush quickly clarified “I'm not talking about anybody in particular. I'm not. I know who you're thinking of  I was thinking of Barack Obama. I
was thinking of Hillary Clinton.  It's all about them.”

“What you saw from CNBC was a focus on drama,” said Miller, “the political drama going for ratings.  When you come to South Carolina, you see a lot more focus on kitchen table issues, the things
that matter to people.”

The campaign started its South Carolina reboot with an enthusiastic endorsement.   District 23 State Senator Katrina Shealy, who has pointedly appeared at numerous events for Republican presidential
candidates in this campaign, announced she supports Bush.  “He’s running as himself,” Shealy said.   “If I want someone to lead this country, I want someone with a proven record, someone I can trust, someone I believe in, someone with a level head, who I know
will take the problems of this country seriously.”

“She has a lot of conservative credibility in the state,” said Miller “and, look, it's important for Jeb to highlight that for people in a place like South Carolina who may not know him.  He shares
the same conservative values that you see from a lot of people in Lexington. And I think Katrina will be a good advocate for that.”

While enthusiastic, the crowd at the Lexington VFW town hall was a modest one, with plenty of empty seats available and Miller granted that Bush, both son and brother of former U.S. presidents, had
ground to make up in the campaign.  “The polls are not that great for Jeb right now. That's not breaking news,” he said.  “But we’re going for a long time.  We've got 100 days between now and the Iowa caucus and the new Hamshire primary. Longer than that until
the South Carolina primary. But it's not the DC pundits that are going to decide who wins this primar.  It's going to be voters in Iowa, and New Hampshire and South Carolina.  We are confident we have plenty of time to move the needle when voters look at who's
the person who can actually fix a really broken, corrupt, incompetent Washington.”
 



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