Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush explored his emotional side on the trail in New Hampshire this afternoon, proudly telling voters that he was a “nerd ball” and that the Bush family were “cry babies.”
During a town hall event, Bush was asked by one voter if he had ever cried while in public office.
After admitting that he had cried in office once out of joy, he added, “Look, you don’t know the Bushes, we’re like crybabies.”
Later in the event, Bush talked about he record on policy, referring to himself as a nerd.
“Look, I’m a nerd ball, I’m a policy wonk,” Bush said, but clarified that he was that way because of his passion for helping people with good policy.
Bush has made a conscious effort on the trail to talk about his personal joy of running for president as his father and brother have done, in spite of his introverted nature.
“It’s something that took a little getting used to for me personally, to be able to show my heart, because I’m kind of introverted, but it’s important to do,” he told CNN’s Dana Bash in June. In the same interview he also described the Bush family as having been known “to cry once in a while.”
Speaking to the media after the event, Bush took shots at Donald Trump for being a liberal on issues like taxes, abortion, and health care policy while touting himself as a proven conservative.
“He’s proposed the largest tax increase in mankind’s history, not just our own country’s history,” Bush said. “I have been consistently pro-life, he until recently was for partial-birth abortion, I’ve never met a person that actually thought that that was a good idea.”
Bush is now making his way through New Hampshire, where Trump is currently leading the state polls.
Both Trump and Bush had an event within 20 miles of each other last night as each candidate sniped at each other’s campaigns.
“It’s a long haul man,” Bush concluded today, as he spoke to reporters about the campaign.