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Jeb Bush “only one” with courage to stand up to Donald Trump, new ad says

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Jeb Bush is the only Republican candidate with the courage to take on Donald Trump and his “unhinged proposals,” says a new ad coming from the Bush campaign.

“The Only One,” a minute-long digital spot released Monday, has Bush blasting the billionaire real estate developer over his defense of Vladimir Putin – who recently praised Trump as “bright and talented.” The ad also targets Trump’s proposal to screen immigrants according to their religion and for showing a general lack of understanding of America’s place in the world.

At the same time, the spot portrays fellow Republican candidates Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Chris Christie as either staying silent or praising the brash front runner.

“I salute Donald Trump,” Cruz says in a clip. “I commend Donald Trump.”

In contrast, Bush has stood up to Trump’s rhetoric, including sending a tweet from @JebBush saying, “a true freedom-loving conservative wouldn’t be flattered by praise from a despot like Putin #chaoscandidate.”

“Jeb Bush was the only one who tried to go after Donald Trump,” one commentator says in a voice-over.

According to a campaign statement, Bush will “stand up for conservative principles and American leadership against Trump’s irresponsible proposals and defense of Putin even if the others won’t.”

“The Only One” is now available on YouTube.


Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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