Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump continued his attacks on fellow GOP candidate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, during a Jan. 9 campaign rally in Iowa. Discussing Bush’s flailing presidential campaign, the business mogul concluded that “you can’t buy elections anymore.”
“Bush is so low, listen, wow, what’s going on with that guy?” Trump asked his supporters, according to The Hill.
The real estate mogul, who is largely self-funding his own campaign, referenced the vast amount of financing the Bush had raised, with his campaign netting $25 million and his allied Super PACs amassing $103 million. That impressive amount has not translated into success at the polls.
“It shows you, you can’t buy elections anymore,” Trump said. “It’s really true. I think people are too smart for it.”
The GOP frontrunner then continued to knock Bush, adding that he is too “low energy” to handle the challenges a president faces.
“No, no he’s a little low-energy,” Trump said. “We don’t need low energy, do we agree? We need high-energy.”
Bush expressed bewilderment at Trump’s continued charge that he doesn’t have enough energy during a Jan. 10 campaign stop in South Carolina.
“I’ve never understood this,” Bush said, according to NBC News. “For a guy who doesn’t even know me, [he] just repeats it over and over again, it becomes the truth. It’s the weirdest thing in the world.”
The former Florida governor called on Trump to make this election about policies, not “energy.”
“I challenge him to say what his conservative principles are,” Bush said. “I want him to be a conservative… if a conservative doesn’t win the conservative nomination we’re not going to win the presidency.”
Despite being the presumed GOP frontrunner at the beginning of 2015, Bush has continued to drop in the polls.
A Jan. 8 survey released by Gallup showed that the former Florida governor has become the least-liked contender out of the current slate of serious GOP candidates, with a net favorability of -1.