Bush Campaign Ad: Donald Trump is Chaotic and Wrong

• December 16, 2015 9:31 am


Jeb Bush's 2016 campaign released a new advertisement after Tuesday night's Republican presidential debate that bashed frontrunner Donald Trump for being a "chaotic and wrong" candidate who lacks the tools to be commander-in-chief of the United States during a time of war.

The ad cuts between clips of Bush attacking Trump during the debate for having "a lack of seriousness" by referencing statements the frontrunner has made on national security issues, each of which he visibly denies, and video of Trump actually making these declarations in past interviews.

Specifically, the ad targets three past statements Trump has made during the 2016 presidential race on the civil war in Syria, Hillary Clinton's ability to negotiate with Iran, and how Trump gets advice on military policy.

The campaign ad first shows Bush reference the Islamic State during the debate, saying that Trump has called the jihadist group not America's concern in Iraq and Syria, while Trump can be seen denying the claim by shaking his head. The ad then cuts to Trump in a CNN interview advocating for the U.S. to keep a distance from the conflict in Syria and let ISIS and the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad fight for supremacy. Trump asks the interviewer, "Why do we care?"

The ad then shows Bush at the Tuesday debate call out Donald Trump for saying that Hillary Clinton would be a good negotiator with Iran over its nuclear program. It then cuts back to another CNN interview where Wolf Blitzer asks Trump which presidential candidates "would be best qualified to make a deal with Iran."

"Hillary's always surrounded herself with very good people. I think Hillary would do a good job," Trump said.

The ad goes back a third time to Bush criticizing Trump at the debate, this time for the GOP frontrunner saying that he gets military advice from Sunday morning news shows, before turning back to another Trump interview.

In this interview, MSNBC's Chuck Todd asks Trump who he talks to for his military advice, to which Trump replies, "Well I watch the shows…When you watch your show and all of the other shows, and you have the generals and you have certain people that you like."

The ad concludes with Bush arguing that he is the better candidate for president.

"That is not a serious kind of candidate. We need someone that thinks this through, that can lead our country to safety and security," he said.

Trump has been leading the Republican primary for months, reaching as high as 41 percent in one recent poll, while Bush has dropped into single digits over the same time period.

The GOP frontrunner mocked Bush for his poll numbers during Tuesday's debate in response to Bush's policy attacks.