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Thursday, October 29th, 2015

Here’s what Jeb Bush’s people have to say in private about Marco Rubio

Now this is enter­tain­ing read­ing. We’re not sure how it hap­pened, but an extreme­ly lengthy, one hun­dred and twelve page pre­sen­ta­tion pre­pared by Jeb Bush’s cam­paign, osten­si­bly for donors and oth­er back­ers, was leaked to U.S. News & World Report. The whole thing has been pub­lished online for any­one to read.

Mid­way through the pre­sen­ta­tion are sev­er­al slides which attempt to dis­cred­it Mar­co Rubio, whom Jeb Bush’s peo­ple evi­dent­ly see as a threat.

The first one is enti­tled Mar­co is a Risky Bet. It argues:

  • No accom­plish­ments, negat­ing hit against Hillary Clinton
  • Marco’s “tomor­row ver­sus yes­ter­day” argu­ment will be wide­ly ridiculed by media while run­ning against “first woman president.”
  • Mis­use of state par­ty cred­it cards, tax­pay­er funds and Jes to scan­dal-­-tarred for­mer Con­gress­man David Rivera takes away line of attack on Hillary Clinton.
  • Close­ness with Nor­man Bra­man , who dou­bles as per­son­al bene­fac­tor, rais­es major eth­i­cal questions.
  • Out­side of lob­by­ing and legal con­sult­ing, no cred­i­ble expe­ri­ence beyond government.
  • Nev­er been in charge of any­thing larg­er than two dozen people.
  • Those who have looked into the Marco’s back­ground in the past have been con­cerned with what they have found.

A sub­se­quent slide argues, “We need to offer a con­trast to the cur­rent Pres­i­dent. Hillary will pitch com­pe­tence and expe­ri­ence. Mar­co is a GOP Obama.”


The slide deck also touts Bush’s endorse­ments, not­ing that peo­ple for­mer­ly close to Rubio have gone to work for Bush instead of the junior sen­a­tor from Florida.

Fur­ther analy­sis of the lengthy pre­sen­ta­tion is avail­able from U.S. News.

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One Comment

  1. In my opin­ion, Rubio does­n’t come across as pres­i­den­tial. Whether a can­di­date is Demo­c­rat or Repub­li­can, that’s a trait that I can find. I don’t see it in Rubio or real­ly any of the con­tenders on the GOP side.

    # by Mike Barer :: October 31st, 2015 at 9:09 AM
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