July 29, 2015

THE ADULT CANDIDATE OF THE ADULT PARTY:

Bush Appeals for Civility in GOP Race ( Kenneth T. Walsh, July 28, 2015, US News)

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush is trying to set himself apart from his GOP rivals by calling for more civility and by disdaining the politics of insult and invective.

Bush, the former governor of Florida, has been urging a lower decibel level while several of his competitors are making harsh and inflammatory statements. The most recent came from former Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas who said last weekend that President Barack Obama's nuclear deal with Iran would "take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven." Real estate developer Donald Trump regularly derides his rivals for being stupid, incompetent and "losers." Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas is immersed in a nasty tangle with Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, whom Cruz has called a liar. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina has labeled Trump a "jackass." The list goes on.

The goal of the tough-guy candidates apparently is to make enough news to generate a boost in GOP support that would qualify them for the first Republican presidential debate on August 6. Participants in that main event will be limited to the top 10 candidates in the polls.

Bush is staking a claim to be the adult in the room, not another kid in the sandbox. He criticized Huckabee's language and urged fellow Republicans to "tone down the rhetoric."

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