From Glenn Thrush in POLITICO:
CONCORD, N.H. – Jeb Bush is running hard here – and hitting his one-time pal and protégé Marco Rubio even harder, telling POLITICO he thinks Rubio failed the major character test of the campaign so far: confronting xenophobe Donald Trump.
“The question of confronting a challenge and sticking with it and having a backbone, if you will — he’s never been challenged in his life in that regard. He’s young,” Bush said during an interview for the “Off Message” podcast to be posted in its entirety on Monday morning — and vowed to stay in the race despite a whisper campaign by Rubio backers to nudge him out after next Tuesday’s primary here.
Though and extremely talented and accomplished, it’s doubtful anyone would have ever heard of Jeb Bush if there hadn’t been a President George Herbert Walker Bush. By anyone’s standards, the elder Bush is a great American. The WWII vet was shot down in the Pacific and became a self-made millionaire in the oil business in Texas before entering public service. Jeb Bush attended an expensive public school in Massachusetts where he was seen by some as a pothead and a bully. After a business career in Florida, he entered politics in 1988.
Marco Rubio was born to Cuban immigrant parents and attended public schools in Miami. His father was a bartender and his mother, a housekeeper. On the way to his college degree and law degree, he amassed $100,000 in debt which he paid off in 2012. Rubio and his wife, Jeanette have four children and there is little in their lives which represents extravagance or wealth.
To say that Rubio has never been challenged demonstrates how detached Bush is from the middle class Americans. Born wealthy and entitled, Bush knows nothing of the challenges of most Americans and certainly not immigrants. He can say something he’s already prepared to make it seem as if he does, but then again, that’s what Marco Rubio does.