Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush asked a crowd to applaud after his speech in Hanover, New Hampshire, on Feb. 2 (video below).
"I won't trash talk," Bush told the audience. "I won't be a divider-in-chief or an agitator-in-chief. I won't be out there blowharding, talking a big game without backing it up.
"I think the next president needs to be a lot quieter, but send a signal that we're prepared to act in the national security interests of this country, to get back in the business of creating a more peaceful world."
After Bush concluded his speech, the room was silent.
"Please clap," he said.
The audience then laughed and applauded.
Bush finished in sixth place in the Iowa caucus on Feb. 1 with 2.8 percent of the vote. He is now facing pressure to perform well in the New Hampshire primary on Feb. 9.
“If Rubio beats him badly in New Hampshire, Jeb is toast,” Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina told The New York Times.
Graham, who supports Bush, also said the GOP candidate must “tie Rubio or beat him” in New Hampshire.
“If Jeb doesn’t do well there, and he’s still got millions and millions to spend, does he stay around?” Republican Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado, who supports Rubio, said. “Who knows.”
“[M]ore money has been spent attacking Republicans by fellow Republicans in this election than any cycle in the history of the party,” Gardner added.