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Trump and Bush have at each other in dueling town halls

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Donald TrumpDonald Trump and Jeb Bush have taken the gloves off as the race for the Republican presidential nomination gets more heated.

At town hall meetings Wednesday, just a few miles apart in New Hampshire, the two candidates took shots at each other, with Trump taking aim at Bush’s “low energy” and demeanor, according to CNN.

“I don’t see how he’s electable,” Trump said before he got on stage at the town hall in Darby. “Jeb Bush is a low-energy person. For him to get things done is hard. He’s very low-energy.”

“You know what is happening to Jeb’s crowd right down the street?” he asked his own crowd. “They’re sleeping.”

Bush didn’t hold back at his town hall in Merrimack, either, and it was a marked change from his usual laid-back behavior, CNN reported.

“Mr. Trump doesn’t have a proven conservative record,” he told the Merrimack gathering. “He was a Democrat longer in the last decade than he was a Republican. He’s given more money to Democrats than he’s given to Republicans.”

Bush reminded attendees that Trump once advocated a tax on people who had more than $10 million in assets, according to CNN.

“That’s not a conservative value, in my mind,” Bush told the audience. “He was for a single-payer system for health care until very recently, not a very conservative point of view.”

Bush said Trump’s talent was undeniable

“But when people look at his record, it is not a conservative record — even on immigration, where it’s, you know, look, the language is pretty vitriolic, for sure. But hundreds of billions of dollars of costs to implement his plan is not a conservative plan.”

Carmine Sabia


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