Dowd: Jeb Front-runner Status a ‘False Premise,’ Predicts Kasich Will Be ‘Establishment’ Candidate

Sunday on ABC’s “This Week With George Stephanopoulos,” political commentator and former chief strategist for the 2004 Bush-Cheney campaign Matthew Dowd said former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s supposed front-runner status is based on a “false premise” because he is not leading in the early primary state polls.

Dowd said, “I think there was a false premise about Jeb from the beginning. if you looked at the numbers, the only reason why people were saying he was the dominant candidate, the idea that he was going to raise all this money. The problem now, today, not the problem — the opportunity today, money doesn’t matter as much because of the ability of people to get out there. To get exposure. It doesn’t depend on advertising. I think Jeb’s got a real problem. If you take a look at the first few states, he’s fifth or sixth in Iowa. He’s not dominating in New Hampshire and he’s not doing well in South Carolina. If you go through those first three states, you can’t win the nomination.”

“When John Kasich gets in the race he’ll become the establishment candidate,” he added.

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