When Jeb Bush wrapped up yet another response Tuesday night to a debate question pertaining to Donald Trump, the front-runner spoke up in defense of his less prominent rivals.
“I think it’s very sad,” Trump said to moderator Hugh Hewitt, “that CNN leads Jeb Bush … down a road by starting off virtually all of the questions [with] ‘Mr. Trump this …’ I think it’s very sad.”
He went on to recall the first debate, during which he said “the first number of questions” began with direct references to him.
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Referring to the other candidates clamoring for attention as “these poor guys,” Trump went on to accuse CNN of using him to increase ratings.
“I just think it’s very unprofessional,” he asserted.
“It’s not CNN,” Hewitt retorted. “It’s America watching you.”
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The united front was short-lived, however, as Trump and Bush soon began bickering anew by questioning each other’s toughness. Candidates Carly Fiorina and John Kasich chimed in to break it up, representing those who feel such in-fighting among those in the primary race is counterproductive to the common goal of replacing Barack Obama with a Republican.
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