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Jeb Bush VS. Marco Rubio: Two town halls, two tan zip up sweaters

They differ little on issues and a lot in style and polish

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They differ little on issues and a lot in style and polish



NASHUA, N.H. — Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio are slugging it out on the presidential campaign trail, trading insults about experience and readiness.

But turn down the volume and there's little difference on the issues. The Florida Republicans want to strengthen the military, turn back the nuclear accord with Iran, repeal Obamacare and end burdensome business regulation. Both promise a better tomorrow.

Where they diverge is on style, and the differences are stark, revealing their personalities and making a larger point about the dynamics of the race.

Bush, 62, is often wonky and halting. He talks up his record as governor. Rubio, 44, is polished, always on message, and focuses on the future.

Here's a look at both candidates on Thursday as they held town halls — the quintessential New Hampshire primary experience— 17 miles apart, trying to hold onto supporters and win over undecided voters.


[Last modified: Saturday, February 6, 2016 11:06am]


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