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Barbara Bush says Jeb Bush is 'everything we need in a president'



Former First Lady Barbara Bush says her son, Jeb, is "decent and honest, and everything we need in a president."

She spoke Thursday night before a crowded town hall at a local school in Derry, N.H., receiving a standing ovation when she was introduced by former New Hampshire Sen. Judd Gregg.

Before speaking of her son, she heaped praise Gregg and his state, saying the Bush family shares the "values and beliefs" of the people of New Hampshire.

Barbara Bush took a shot at Donald Trump, without saying his name, noting her son "is not a bragger. We don't allow that."

Jeb Bush noted his mother's popularity, joking he had not seen such a large crowed at his previous town halls.

Bush could use the boost from his mother because his campaign is struggling in New Hampshire. He says he hopes voters "reset" the race and give him some momentum before the Republican contest shifts to South Carolina.

[Last modified: Thursday, February 4, 2016 9:39pm]


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