Jeb Bush’s poor performance in the first GOP debate has many fundraisers and supporters worry that his presidential campaign might be over if he appears unprepared in the second major debate.
The former Florida governor has sunk as low as 6 percent in recent national polls and allies say another lackluster performance on Wednesday would “precipitate an exodus of the big money,” POLICTIO reports.
“[Bush] needs to show he’s the tough-minded guy we know he is,” said one former adviser to his father, former President George H.W. Bush. If he doesn’t, the former aide added, “Well, you know, it might be over.”
“The most important thing that Jeb Bush can do right now is to project strength,” said Eric Fehrnstrom, Mitt Romney’s senior adviser in 2012.
Republican front-runner Donald Trump has frequently attacked Bush as a “low-energy” candidate.
“Look, Jeb Bush is a nice person. He doesn’t have the energy or the capacity to make our country great again,” the billionaire developer said after the first debate.
“Trump’s attacks on Bush as a low-energy candidate have taken their toll. For starters, Bush needs to stop referring to him as ‘Mr. Trump.’ That sounds like he works for him,” Fehrnstrom said.