Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush announced on Oct. 23 that he had to cut back his campaign staff because of front-runner Donald Trump (video below).
Bush made his comments during a presidential forum hosted by controversial televangelist Pat Robertson, notes RightWingWatch.org.
This means lean and mean, and it means I have the ability to adapt. And the circumstances when we started the election were different.
I have not met a person who thought Donald Trump would be the front-running candidate at this point.
God bless him for his success in that regard, we’ll see how long that lasts, but you have to adapt.
According to Politico, the Bush campaign will cut its payroll by 40 percent on Nov. 1, reduce its Miami headquarters staff by more than half, trim travel by 20 percent and cut another 45 percent from costs that do not include media or voter outreach.
In a stark difference to these cutbacks, the former Republican governor of Florida boasted about his "job creation" skills when he launched his campaign.
“We made Florida number one in job creation,” Bush stated when he announced his decision to run for president earlier this year, but FactCheck.org reported in June that Florida was fifth in job growth rate during Bush's entire governorship.
Bush also bragged in a TV commercial in September that Florida "led the nation in job creation" from 2000 to 2007 (video below).
The Washington Post reported in June that Florida was fifth in job rate growth, and added this caveat about the jobs that Bush created before the Great Recession of 2008: "Many of those jobs were quickly wiped out when Florida’s real-estate market collapsed. Indeed, just two months after Bush left office, Florida started shedding jobs — and nearly 1 million were gone within three years."
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported in 2007: "But while Florida led the nation in job creation, much of that was in low-paid service industry jobs that left many Floridians without health insurance and scrambling for affordable housing amid a real estate boom that helped fuel business-friendly tax breaks. "