January 23, 2016

THE DANGER OF INDEPENDENT SUPPORT:

Jeb Bush's Ads Take on a Negative Sheen (BETH REINHARD, Jan. 22, 2016, WSJ)

The paper trail from the super PAC behind Mr. Bush, Right to Rise USA, started with half a dozen fliers on the former Florida governor's record but now consists mostly of negative ads about his rivals, particularly Sen. Marco Rubio.
It is the same story on television: After two months of exclusively pro-Bush spots, anti-Rubio ads make up all the commercials now airing in New Hampshire and South Carolina and half in the other early-voting state of Iowa, according to Mr. Rubio's media tracker.

Right to Rise added an anti-John Kasich ad to the scrum in New Hampshire late Thursday, and a super PAC behind the Ohio governor responded with a commercial accusing Mr. Bush of "desperately slinging mud at fellow Republicans."

The super PAC onslaught reflects the increasingly bitter skirmish for third place among candidates not named Donald Trump or Ted Cruz. Though Mr. Bush's campaign is brandishing a new video starring his mother, former first lady Barbara Bush, and radio ads about his antiabortion, pro-gun record, the big money behind him is overwhelmingly negative.

"We have been equal opportunity with the candidates in this race," said Right to Rise spokesman Paul Lindsay, noting the super PAC also ran ads hitting Mr. Trump and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. "Candidates should be able to handle being scrutinized on their records in the primary, otherwise, how are they going to stand up to Hillary Clinton and the Democratic machine?''

Right to Rise is sinking him.

Posted by at January 23, 2016 8:53 AM

  

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