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Trump jabs at Bush in campaign rally in Florida

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves to the crowd as he makes his way to the stage at the Jacksonville Landing along the banks of the St. Johns River on Saturday in Jacksonville. [Associated Press]
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves to the crowd as he makes his way to the stage at the Jacksonville Landing along the banks of the St. Johns River on Saturday in Jacksonville. [Associated Press]
Published Oct. 25, 2015

JACKSONVILLE — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump mocked former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in his own state on Saturday, saying recent campaign cuts show he's not ready to be president.

"Here's a guy who wants to run our country, and he can't even run his own campaign. And you know what? He's cutting back big," Trump told a raucous crowd of thousands gathered along the riverfront of one of Florida's most conservative cities.

The comment came the day after the Bush campaign said it was cutting payroll by 40 percent by trimming staff and requiring an across the board pay cut for those remaining.

Trump said Bush, the son and brother of former presidents, is "losing badly and embarrassing his family."

He chastised Bush for paying his finance director more than $1 million and said that if campaign staffers were willing to work for lower pay, he should have made that deal when the campaign started.

"You don't wait till you're failing," he said.

By contrast, Trump said he has spent about $2 million on his campaign and he's leading in polls. "So, I've put up less money than anybody else and I'm No. 1," he said. "Wouldn't it be better if we had a country that would spend the least and be No. 1? Think about it."

The Bush campaign responded by saying people are getting tired of Trump.

"Donald Trump needs a new schtick. Launching absurd attacks at his opponents to distract from his lack of ideas and liberal record is beginning to wear thin with voters," Bush spokeswoman Kristy Campbell said in an email.