Jeb Bush suspends his presidential campaign
US Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush has announced to suspend his campaign for the 2016 White House race.
Bush, brother and son to two former US presidents, dropped out on Saturday night after a disappointing showing in South Carolina’s Republican primary.
“The people of Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina have spoken,” a choked-up Bush told his supporters about two hours after polls closed in South Carolina’s GOP primary. “And I really respect their decision. So tonight, I am suspending my campaign.”
Bush, who was once considered Republican frontrunner, finished in sixth place in the Iowa caucuses and in fourth places in New Hampshire and South Carolina.
“I am proud of the campaign that we have run to unify our country and to advocate conservative solutions that would give more Americans the opportunity to rise up and reach their god given potential,” he added.
Bush said he congratulates his competitors “that are remaining on the island” and said that he has “stood his ground, refusing to bend to the political whims.”
Bush’s decision to drop out of the race comes less than a year after he launched his campaign, and after struggling to stand out in a race full of both political outsiders and a slew of candidates who are either sitting or former governors.
Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, John Kasich and Ben Carson are now the only Republicans remaining in the race.
In a recent interview with Press TV, American scholar Dr. Kevin Barrett said Jeb Bush was once the presumptive Republican Party nominee but Trump has destroyed Bush’s candidacy.
“[Jeb] Bush hasn’t done himself any favors. He hasn’t given anybody a compelling reason to vote for him. But I think the real reason that Bush’s campaign has been destroyed is exactly the same reason that Rudy Giuliani’s campaign was destroyed back in 2008 – and that is that just as with Giuliani, Jeb Bush is a 9/11 criminal, who participated in the destruction of the World Trade Center and the murder of almost 3,000 Americans,” Dr. Barrett said.
He added that Trump destroyed Jeb’s candidacy by repeatedly challenging him “on 9/11 by saying that 9/11 was the fault of George W. Bush, which is true in more ways than one.”
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