Chad’s Morning Brief: Jeb Bush Defends Jorge Ramos and Rick Perry Isn’t Giving Up
Here are some of the issues that will be discussed on today’s edition of The Chad Hasty Show.
Bush Goes After Trump Again
Jeb Bush is attempting to show more signs of life in his battle with Donald Trump. On Wednesday though, Bush took an odd stance in order to oppose Trump. According to NBC News, Jeb Bush decided to defend Jorge Ramos of Univision.
Jeb Bush says that Univision anchor Jorge Ramos, who was escorted out of a press conference held by Donald Trump on Tuesday night, should have been "treated with a little more respect."
"I think people with the press ought to be treated with a little more respect and dignity," he told reporters.
Ramos was removed from the press conference after Trump accused him of interrupting another reporter to ask a question about immigration policy. Ramos was later allowed back into the room.
Bush's comments came after a town hall event in Pensacola, Florida, where Bush continued to blast Trump's immigration proposals as "not conservative" and said the real estate mogul should be held to the same standards as other Republican candidates.
"This guy is now the frontrunner," he said. "He should be held to account, just like me."
"Go through these questions and what you'll find is this guy doesn't have a plan," he added. "He's appealing to people's angst and their anger. I want to solve problems so that we can fix this and turn immigration into what it's always been: an economic driver for our country."
Bush targeted Trump's proposal to build a continuous wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, saying "it's not practical and it's not conservative."
The former Florida governor laid out his own plan to address illegal immigration, including proposals for increased technology at the border, boosted resources for local law enforcement and reductions in visa overstays.
"Do it as a conservative, for cryin' out loud," he said.
Questioned by one attendee about Trump's immigration stance, Bush deadpanned "Do we have to talk about this guy?"
Bush isn't winning over Republicans by taking the side of Ramos. Ramos was out of line and most people know that. Once Ramos decided to follow the rules, he was allowed back in and was even able to get Trump's attention for about 5 minutes.
There are many things that Bush can attack Donald Trump on, but defending Jorge Ramos is just silly. I would also remind Jeb Bush that the media he is trying to protect is some of the same media that consistently bashes Republicans and helped life Obama into the White House.
Rick Perry Isn't Giving Up
According to Patrick Svitek of the Texas Tribune, Rick Perry still has the passion and the fight to keep his campaign going.
"I still have as much passion about this country as I did four years ago and will continue to stay out there engaged in the process," the former governor told reporters in Austin during a break from the campaign trail.
The remarks echoed what Perry has been saying for weeks in response to questions about his cash-strapped campaign, which stopped paying staff earlier this month. But they come at a particularly critical time for his White House hopes: His team in Iowa, a state seen as critical to his 2016 strategy, is restructuring in a move that is expected to include layoffs.
"My whole life I've been short of money as probably most people in this country have as well," Perry said. "In fact, we were short of money here in 2003 when I was the governor, so I know how to deal with shortage of money. You cut spending, and you keep a small footprint. This is just a challenge that happens in a lot of places in time."
Among Perry's latest setbacks is the departure of his Hawkeye State chairman, Sam Clovis, to the campaign of real estate mogul Donald Trump. More than any other GOP candidate, Perry has been the most outspoken critic of Trump, calling him a "cancer on conservatism" and dismissing his immigration proposals as unserious.
Good for Perry, but I still don't see much hope left for his campaign. As I've said all along, Perry should be a top-tier candidate, but I don't see that happening right now.
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