Ignore the Polls, Jeb Bush Says

Everybody “needs to take a chill pill,” according to the likely Republican presidential candidate.

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush speaks on stage with conservative political commentator Sean Hannity at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Maryland, outside Washington, on February 27, 2015.

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Likely Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush isn't concerned about his standing in the polls, he said in an interview that aired Monday. 

“The polls are totally irrelevant,” the former Florida governor said on Fox News's The Kelly File, according to the network. “I’m not a candidate yet. So…everybody needs to take a chill pill on the polls until it gets closer.”

Bush was the first choice of 11 percent of likely Republican primary voters in a Bloomberg Politics/Saint Anselm New Hampshire Poll published Sunday, down five points from February. Florida Senator Marco Rubio also was the first choice of 11 percent in the May poll, up six points from February.

Bush also jabbed at Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton. “I go do town-hall meetings, don’t screen the questions, don’t have a protected bubble like Mrs. Clinton does, don’t have town-hall meetings or roundtable discussion[s] where I pick who gets to come and I screen the questions, and the press has to behave a certain way,” he said, according to the network.

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