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Jeb Bush: My campaign is not 'terminal' and criticism of Rubio is fair



Bush on Thursday stood by his criticism of Rubio’s absenteeism and scoffed at talk his campaign was “terminal.”

“We have more than 100 days left before we go to the Iowa caucuses,” he on Fox News from New Hampshire. “I knew this was going to be a long journey. But to suggest the campaign is 'terminal,' come on, that’s pretty funny.”

Bush complained that his critique of Rubio’s missed votes was cut off by a debate moderator. It's fair game, he said. “This is not personal. I’m not attacking his character. I’m just saying that people need to show up for work … They need to use their office in a way that can help their constituents.”

He compared Rubio to Barack Obama, implying the country should not be “fooled” again by a “gifted politician.”

[Last modified: Thursday, October 29, 2015 4:54pm]


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