Who’s the tough guy? The Donald mocks Jeb at Vegas ‘Fight Night’ debate after Bush says he can’t ‘insult his way to the presidency’ in clash over Muslims, terror, and whether Trump would be ‘a chaos president’

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Former Florida Gov.Jeb Bushtook shot after shot at real estate billionaire Donald Trump during Tuesday night’s GOP debate, calling the Republican front-runner an ‘unserious’ candidate who would be ‘a chaos president,’ but brought back a boomerang of insults and passive-aggressive jabs from The Donald.During the Las Vegas slugfest, Trump complained thatCNN’s hosts focused inordinately on inviting his rivals to attack him ‘for ratings.’Bush pounced.’You think this is tough and you’re not being treated fairly? Imagine what it’s going to be like dealing with [Vladimir] Putin, or dealing with President Xi [of China], or dealing with the Islamic terrorism that exists,’ he blasted Trump.’This isn’t tough at all,’ the high-polling tycoon responded with a frown. ‘I wish it was always as easy as you, Jeb.’
‘This is a tough business, to run for president,’ the earnest Bush continued, ‘and we need a leader who’s principled – you’re never going to be President of the United States by insulting your way to the presidency.”Oh, I know, you’re a tough guy, Jeb,’ Trump mocked as an audience of 1,400 at The Venetian hotel fidgeted. ‘You’re real tough, Jeb.”Let’s see: I’m at 42 [per cent] and you’re at 3, so so far I’m doing better,’ Trump said, citing recent national polls of Republican voters.Trump poked fun at Bush, who began the primary campaign cycle as an establishment favorite – occupying a debate podium near the middle of the stage – only to drift to the margins as his strained numbers grew more and more dismal.’You know, you started off over here, Jeb,’ Trump said, motioning to his center-stage position. ‘You’re moving over further and further. Pretty soon you’re going to be off the end.’Carly FIorina, a former computer executive, was heard off-camera shouting about the hardscrabble verbal fusillades: ‘This doesn’t do a thing to solve the problem! This doesn’t do a thing to solve the problem!’Trump, whose world-beating numbers are crushing Bush’s by a factor of more than ten, had showed uncharacteristic restraint earlier in the evening.He brushed off Bush’s opening salvo, a complaint about his call for a moratorium on non-American Muslims entering the United States in the wake of deadly Islamist terror attacks, as a product of political desperation – never raising his voice.’This is not a serious proposal,’ Bush said of Trump’s policy prescription after debate moderator Wolf Blitzer asked him to justify calling Trump ‘unhinged’ when he first articulated his controversial idea.

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