Did Jeb Bush Just Take The Donald’s Bait?

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Donald Trump and Jeb Bush have been exchanging blows in recent weeks, with The Donald hitting Jeb Bush repeatedly on Instagram and stoking the fire in their“Twitter war.”

The former Florida governor has been decidedly calculated when it comes to attacking The Donald, but now, he released an attack ad calling the New York billionaire’s conservative bona fides into question.

Jeb Bush Dances with The Donald

The Bush campaign’s online ad opens with Donald Trump explaining his roots in a 1999 interview.

“I have lived in New York City and Manhattan all my life,” Trump explains, “so my views are a little different than if I lived in Iowa. Left unmentioned is that he wasresponding to a question about gay rights.

Busting a candidate on dismissing Iowa has drawn blood before. In the 2004 campaign, Howard Dean’s opponents dug up footage of him in 2000 criticizing the Iowa caucus process as “dominated by the special interests [which] don’t represent the centrist tendencies of the American people.”

Just as Dean’s comments were used to drive a wedge between him and liberal caucusgoers, Trump’s comment is being used by Bush to show Iowa’s conservatives that Trump is not one of them.

The ad continues as we hear Donald Trump in separate interviews say, “I’m very pro-choice,” and “You’d be shocked if I said that, in many cases, I probably identify more as a Democrat.” These clips are followed by Trump praising Hillary Clinton and a single-payer healthcare system.

Republicans Hit Trump With a Mean Right Hook

Jeb Bush is far from the first candidate to challenge The Donald’s party loyalty.

Since Fox’s first GOP debate, other Republican candidates, like Rick Perry and Rand Paul have released similar ads, questioning Trump’s ties to Hillary Clinton and past support of liberal values.

Donald Trump is still topping national GOP polls by a long shot, but a recent Iowa poll shows him in a statistical tie with Ben Carson at 23%.

The soft-spoken retired neurosurgeon may be able to give Trump a run for his money – but Trump does have a lot of money.

This article originally appeared at I Agree to See.

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