Speaking with CBS’s John Dickerson for an interview that aired on Sunday’s Face The Nation, Jeb Bush said he’s happier with lower support in the polls than he was months ago as the Republican front-runner.
“I hated that,” said Bush, interrupting Dickerson mid-sentence in anticipation of question about his continually sinking support in the polls. “I feel much better back here,” he added.
Worried that doing too well in the polls would make him appear privileged by virtue of his family name, Bush said he was glad to have lost support in the polls because now he’d have to earn it back.
"I feel much better now," Bush said on Saturday, after describing Donald Trump as a "jerk."
Bush is the only candidate in the Republican field who deliberately omits references to his surname in campaign materials.
“I hated that."
Jeb Bush on being the Republican frontrunner in July
During the interview, Bush derided Donald Trump as “not a serious” candidate, presenting what appeared to be a lack of understanding on the billionaire’s behalf of the nuclear triad during the last GOP debate as a significant revelation of unpreparedness.
Denigrating Trump’s supporters, Bush said support for a temporary ban on immigration of visitation by Muslims would “make it harder” to destroy ISIS. Predicting that these likely voters would sense the folly of their support for Trump, Bush stated that they would eventually come around to support more a sensible candidate like himself.
Mocking Senator Ted Cruz’s proposal - which was made somewhat in jest - to “carpet bomb” ISIS, Bush worried about civilian casualties in cities like Mosul should such an operation be executed.
According to RealClearPolitics, in mid-July, Bush was enjoying just under 18% support from an aggregation of polls for the Republican nomination. Most recently, he is now under 5%.
Bush’s campaign and political satellites have raised a total of $128 million as of mid-November.
The Washington Post reported that Bush’s PAC Right to Rise has already spent $50 million, without much noticeable improvement in polling. Not mentioned in its coverage, however, is Hillary Clinton having burned through more than half of her nearly $100 million of total raised funds between her campaign and ancillary support groups.
Given the uncompetitive nature of this election's presidential nomination process for the Democratic Party, it is difficult to ascertain what benefits Clinton has gleaned from her political expenditures.