Jeb Bush’s (R-FL) surrogates in Iowa have taken an odd course in the campaign and have chosen to run adds attacking Marco Rubio (R-FL) in Iowa instead of focusing their fire on frontrunners Donald Trump and Ted Cruz (R-TX).
The latest ad out from the controversial Jeb Bush Super PAC, Right to Rise, is hitting Rubio for his failure to attend meetings, briefings and votes as Senator.
The ad is obviously well crafted (and heavily funded), but how effective will this be as a tool for the resurgence of Jeb Bush?
I wonder how many donors to the Jeb! super PAC thought "this will be used to bloody up Rubio while Trump is 30 points ahead of us."
— daveweigel (@daveweigel) December 29, 2015
I doubt this will have whatever effect the Bush campaign is hoping for. Already the Tampa Bay Times is criticizing the Bush team for misleading voters on the central premise of the ad.
Rubio’s office, however, said he had attended a briefing the day before and today, his campaign tweeted a link to a report in which Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley defended Rubio.
Rubio spokesman Alex Conant said: “Bush’s team dishonestly omits that Marco is on the Senate’s Intelligence Committee, where he attended the highest level briefings on the Paris attacks. No other candidate for president has received more classified Intelligence briefings or better understands the threats facing our nation today than Marco. It’s sad to see Jeb’s ‘joyful’ campaign reduced to such intellectual dishonesty.”
I’m not sure what Bush hopes to accomplish by continuing his attacks on Rubio, but thus far those attacks have proven ineffective. Most voters just don’t care about Rubio’s attendance record. Sadly, for Bush, the things that voters do care about (like amnesty) are as big a weakness for Bush as they are for Rubio.