Jeb Bush came in sixth in Iowa, pulling in less than 3 percent of the vote, yet he spent more money than any other Republican candidate. $5,000 per vote has been spent, but the former Florida governor is not giving up even with his dismal poll numbers.
In New Hampshire, Jeb! got desperate and even resorted to asking voters to applaud his speech, according to the New York Times.
So sad. Please clap for me. I’m over here, I’m over here!
Talking Points Memo reports:
Bush was met with complete silence after giving what the Times described as a “fiery” speech at the Hanover Inn, where he vowed to prioritize national security as President.
While speaking to a crowd at the Hanover Inn near the Vermont border, Bush said, “I won’t be out here blowharding, talking a big game without backing it up.” According to the Times, that was met with total silence.
“Please clap,” he said, with the crowd still remaining silent.
At first, the crowd laughed, then, finally, clapped.
While Walker, Huckabee and today Rand Paul stepped out of the race, Bush has remained adamant, “I’m in it for the long-haul,” he said Wednesday. Ben Carson is also staying in the race for the GOP nomination.
Huckabee joked with supporters that he was ending the campaign because of illness: “Voters are sick of me,” he quipped, according to USA Today. That may have been a joke, but there’s a lot of truth in that remark.
And who knows, maybe Jeb Bush was joking, too. But a lot truth came through in the response from his audience.
Bush’s campaign has spent $27.4 million dollars and dropped 11 points in the polls, according to the Washington Post. Hindsight is 20/20. He’ll get that one day, maybe. Although, Bush sticking up for his brother’s invasion of a sovereign country translated as. “No, we do not need another Bush in office.”
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