Jeb Bush Reflects on Debate Performance: 'I Gotta Get Better' – ABC News

With three months until the Iowa Caucus, 10 Republican candidates campaigned in Iowa on Halloween where all the talk was still centered around Wednesday’s GOP debate and for Jeb Bush, his lackluster performance.”I have enough humility to know I gotta get better,” Bush told reporters. “I don’t have this gigantic ego that says, well, they’re just stupid. Iowa voters don’t understand me. They’re eating Monsanto-laced agriculture products,” Bush joked, then told reporters he’s a competitive guy whose record is unmatched and wants to win.But Bush couldn’t hide from his sinking poll numbers in Iowa. An Oct. 23 Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics Poll has Bush in fifth place in the state with 5 percent. The former Florida Governor acknowledged the polls in his opening remarks to 2,000 people at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.”Just as an aside, ya know, poll numbers go up and they go down. Iowa proves that in every caucus and when they go down, you don’t insult Iowa voters because they are the same discerning voters whether your polls are going up or going down. You learn from Iowa voters, and so it is a joy to be here,” Bush told the crowd.This is a much different tactic than Bush’s competitor Donald Trump, whose recent slip in the Iowa polls had him pleading with voters.”Until Iowa came along, I said ‘every poll’ [had me in first place]. And then Iowa came — What … are you people doing to me,” Trump said Tuesday night in Sioux City. “Will you get these numbers up?” the billionaire asked the crowd. “I promise you I will do such a good job.”The 10 candidates who participated in the GOP’s Growth and Opportunity Party included Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Chris Christie, Bobby Jindal, Marco Rubio, Mike Huckabee, Lindsey Graham, Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina, and Rick Santorum. Almost all the candidates began their remarks touching on the CNBC debate and its aftermath.“How about we stop letting left-wing liberals moderate Republican debates,” Texas Senator Ted Cruz told the Iowa Republicans. “Let me lay out a radical proposition. How about we say from now on if you have never voted in a Republican primary in your life, you don’t get to moderate a Republican primary debate … Could you imagine a debate moderated by Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin?” …Read More

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