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Clinton team plotted to undercut Jeb Bush's 'credibility'

A Clinton campaign email

WikiLeaks

A Clinton campaign email

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October

Back when Jeb Bush was the big dog in the hunt for the GOP presidential nomination, Hillary Clinton’s team was concerned about his economic message and plotted how to undercut his “credibility,” according to hacked campaign emails.

“I think we need a very strong push back on Bush and link him to his brother,” reads an email among top Clinton officials from August 2015. The email outlined how to make that connection, focusing on the Iraq war.

Another email, from February 2015, shows the appeal of an Bush’s economic speech Bush gave in Detroit. “Very little in this speech that HRC wouldn’t say,” said Mandy Grunwald, a longtime advisor to the Clintons.

The emails were posted on WikiLeaks and American officials have blamed Russian hackers. Last week we wrote how the Clinton team was impressed with Marco Rubio's presidential announcement speech.

[Last modified: Wednesday, October 12, 2016 12:34pm]

    

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