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Jeb Bush Is Definitely a Better Campaigner Than He Admits

While some supporters have complained privately that he might be a little too humble on the trail, he did not lack for confidence—and even let slip a flash of annoyance—at a town hall in the Las Vegas area.
Republican presidential candidate and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush smiles after speaking at a town hall meeting at the Valley View Recreation Center on June 27, 2015 in Henderson, Nevada.

Republican presidential candidate and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush smiles after speaking at a town hall meeting at the Valley View Recreation Center on June 27, 2015 in Henderson, Nevada.

Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

“You’re here to hear a humble candidate,” Jeb Bush began at a town hall-style discussion in Henderson, Nevada, this weekend, and then spent the next hour behaving that way.

The former Florida governor and Republican presidential hopeful described his son George P. Bush, who is the Texas land commissioner, as “much better than me” in wowing crowds. He assured the audience that he’d be making some mistakes on the campaign trail, “operating outside my comfort zone,” well beyond GOP strongholds.