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Dec 8, 2015 6:46 PM

Steinhauser: Bush predicts Trump will 'not be the nominee'

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MANCHESTER – Jeb Bush blasted Donald Trump’s proposal to ban all Muslims from entering the U.S., saying “it’s ‘not serious proposition.”

And the former Florida governor and Republican presidential candidate has a prediction about Trump, the GOP front runner: “he’s not going to be the nominee.”

And Bush also predicted that the race for the Republican nomination “will look a lot different” in January.

Bush was in the first-in-the-nation primary state one day after Trump called for a temporary ban on allowing Muslims who are not U.S. citizens to enter the country. Trump made his shocking announcement in the wake of last week’s mass shooting in California that left 14 people dead. Authorities say the two shooters were a Muslim couple that had been radicalized.

Bush, speaking Tuesday afternoon at a forum in downtown Manchester. In his remarks, Bush told the audience “what we shouldn’t do is to say ‘all Muslims aren’t coming into our country.’ You gotta find the proper balance of believing in American values and being serious and real about keeping us safe. It’s not about the blowhards out there just saying stuff. That’s not a program. That’s not a plan.”

Later, talking to reporters, Bush, the one-time front runner in the nomination race, continued his assault on Trump, saying “I don’t think Donald Trump is serious and what he’s saying isn’t’ a serious plan.”

“In our fight against Islamic terrorism we have to maintain our values and what he proposed, if that’s a proposition, is not a serious proposition,” he added.

Trump’s the front runner in almost all national polling and in surveys in the crucial early voting states in the primary and caucus calendar. A new CNN/WMUR poll released Tuesday evening indicated Trump at 32% among likely GOP primary voters in the Granite State, increasing his lead to 18 percentage points over Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, who was in second place. But the survey was conducted almost entirely before Trump’s call for a temporary ban on Muslims from entering the country.

Bush was in fourth place in the poll, at 8%.

“He’s not going to be the nominee. Look, we’re living in really dangerous times and Republicans are going to nominate someone who can beat Hillary Clinton and actually can serve as president in a way to keep us safe and I don’t believe that Republicans are going to buy this language that guarantees that Hillary Clinton has a far better chance of winning,” Bush predicted.

“He’s not going to win the nomination. As people in New Hampshire get closer to this they’re gonna want to know who has the capability of winning the general elections and who can be president,” he added.

And Bush told reporters that Trump’s “playing you guys like a fine Stradivarius violin. This is what he does. He’s an expert at this. He’s phenomenal about capturing attention.”

Bush pointed towards the fact that many New Hampshire voters traditionally make up their minds just before the primary, saying “this election will look a lot different when we’re gathered back together after Christmas and when we’re gathered in the second and third week in January and fourth week. And it’s going to be different. It’s always different.”

“People begin to make up their minds in a serious way as you get closer to the February primary,” he added.

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