Jeb Bush’s Awkward Campaign Gaffe: ‘I Should Stop Campaigning Maybe, Huh?’
Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush made an awkward gaffe on Wednesday when he joked about pulling out of the race. The comments came during a speech at a campaign stop, where the former Governor of Florida told his enthusiastic supporters something less than enthusiastic, stating: “It’s all decided, I mean we don’t have to go vote I guess, it’s all finished. I should stop campaigning maybe, huh? Let’s just—it’s all done!”
A video clip of the incident, which has already aired on MSNBC and other outlets, shows the governor pacing the stage and looking exhausted and frustrated while he spoke.
“It’s all decided, I mean we don’t have to go vote I guess, it’s all finished. I should stop campaigning maybe, huh? Let’s just—it’s all done!”
Yikes. This is bad news for Bush, who’s well-funded campaign has been struggling to gain traction. He’s currently polling at about 4 percent nationally.
At least Bush seemed to have caught himself, adding “That’s not how democracy works, right?” Even with the quick save, the audience can gasped and booed at the mention of leaving the race.
The gaffe will hardly be remembered as the moment that brought down the Jeb Bush campaign. Once expected to be the Republican favorite in the race, a tumultuous election season populated by political outsiders and fueled by widespread resentment toward the political establishment makes Bush look like a relic from a bygone era.
Writing for Slate, Jim Newell explores the reasons Bush is doing so poorly in the 2016 election:
“It is not difficult to see why Jeb Bush is losing this presidential election. He is the wrong man in the wrong cycle. Republican primary voters are rewarding passionate, fiery, outsider, ‘anti-establishment’ candidates who paint their visions in broad strokes rather than pesky details. Bush is the very picture of a Republican establishment and his donors the very image of donor-class Republicanism.”
VIDEO: Jeb Bush Tells Crowd ‘I Should Stop Campaigning Maybe, Huh?’
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