By Ed O’Keefe,
Immigrant groups are picketing his events. His recent remarks on “anchor babies” have outraged Latino and Asian groups. Democrats are attacking him in both English and Spanish.
More trouble for Donald Trump? No, the target of all this ire is Jeb Bush.
The former Florida governor’s decision to defend the term “anchor babies” — a term widely deemed offensive by Hispanics and other minorities — has ignited new attacks against him from Democrats and taunts from Trump, his top GOP rival.
The criticism comes amid Bush’s continuing struggle to gain traction in a Republican primary race that he was widely expected to dominate, but which is now defined by Trump as the clear front-runner. In a worrying sign for some supporters, the Bush campaign also acknowledged a New York Times report Tuesday that it has taken steps to tighten spending even as Bush maintains an aggressive fundraising schedule.
On immigration, Bush has sought to portray himself as the moderate in the GOP field, favoring a path to legal status for the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants and dismissing Trump and other rivals for endorsing a massive new border wall or mass deportations.
But Bush’s remarks over the last week have allowed Democrats to lump him with Trump — who also defends the “anchor babies” term — and he has stumbled in his attempts to minimize the damage. On Tuesday, Bush also revived controversial comments he has made before about cutting off funding for Planned Parenthood, saying incorrectly that the organization does not provide women’s health services.
[Jeb Bush: People should ‘chill out’ on the ‘anchor baby’ controversy]
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, another 2016 hopeful struggling to gain traction, suggested on Tuesday that Bush — who hasn’t held elective office since 2007 — is too out-of-step to be the GOP nominee. He cited Bush’s remarks in recent weeks on immigration, women’s health and the Iraq war as examples of missteps.
“When you haven’t been in a relevant campaign as a Republican since 1998, you’re going to continue to make the kind of mistakes that we Gov. Bush making,” Christie said on the Laura Ingraham Show.
Bush campaign officials dismiss such criticism — and the candidate has appeared …Read More
With 'anchor babies,' another distraction for Jeb Bush's campaign – Washington Post
By Ed O’Keefe,