Photo by Lynn R. Mitchell
By Lynn R. Mitchell
As seen in the tweets above, Jeb Bush brought it to the debate stage Tuesday night with his sizable arsenal of knowledge and experience on issues concerning the economy, energy, the Veterans Administration, and other concerns of Americans. From his very first response, it was obvious he was on, and ready to face not only his opponents but to hit the trail for the weeks that lay ahead leading to the 2016 presidential primaries.
The New York Times was very impressed with his performance, noting (see A nimbler Jeb Bush turns feisty. But is it enough?):
This was a hungrier Jeb Bush.
Donald J. Trump had just finished a breezy, boastful and hard-to-follow explanation of how he would take on the Islamic State, tossing in a curiously admiring aside about Vladimir V. Putin’s performance on television.
Suddenly a voice rose from his right.
“Donald is wrong,” said Mr. Bush, uncharacteristically interjecting before the debate moderators could move on.
Mr. Bush said it again, more emphatically. “He is absolutely wrong on this.”
Mr. Trump had blithely suggested that he would happily stand aside and let others, such as Mr. Putin, Russia’s president, sort out the messy Middle East.
Mr. Bush looked into the camera and did what he has long resisted: He ridiculed Mr. Trump as naïve and unsophisticated.