Jeb Bush has said Donald Trump "should be treated like the frontrunner" for the Republican nomination. On Tuesday, the Bush campaign continues to do just that with a short web video aimed squarely at the leading GOP contender's past "liberal" views on taxes, health care, and abortion as well as Trump's friendship with Hillary Clinton.
"Liberal things Trump says, liberal things Trump believes," reads the text before several video clips of Trump play. One clip goes back 16 years and shows Trump saying he is "very pro-choice," while another comes from the August 6 debate where the reality-TV star says "as far as single-payer [health care], it works in Canada, it works incredibly well in Scotland."
The Bush ad also feature Trump touting tax increases on "high-income people", praising the stimulus package, and touting Hillary Clinton as a good possible negotiator with Iran. Watch the ad below:
The Bush video follows a Trump online video that sought to link Bush's referring to parents who illegally immigrate to the U.S. as an "act of love" to those illegal immigrants who commit violent crimes while in the U.S. Bush's campaign responded that Trump has supported "soft-on-crime politicians" and has a costly immigration plan that is "not conservative."
A number of presidential candidates this cycle, including Lindsey Graham, Rand Paul, and Rick Perry, have attempted to argue that Trump's positions and affiliations are not conservative. Those criticisms do not appear to have dented Trump's position in the Republican primary.
Michael Warren is a staff writer at The Weekly Standard. He is 2012 Robert Novak journalism fellow, and he has written for the Washington Times, National Review Online, City Journal, and the Washington Examiner. He has also appeared on CNN and C-SPAN.