TIME 2016 Election

Jeb Bush Wants to Debate Donald Trump By Himself

Johnny Louis—2015_Johnny Louis/JLNphotography.com Republican presidential candidate and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush holds a meet and greet at Chico's Restaurant on December 28, 2015 in Hialeah, Florida.

"Any time, any place."

Jeb Bush has a proposal: A one-on-one debate with Donald Trump.

The former Florida governor challenged the current Republican frontrunner at a campaign event in Florida Monday.

“Donald, I’ll take you on one-on-one in a debate, any time, any place,” Bush told the crowd at the Forum Club in Palm Beach. “You name it and I’ll do it.”

Bush, polling at 4% last week, is trailing far behind Trump, who leads the field at 28% in the same Quinnipiac University poll. Bush is likely looking take back some of his momentum before the Feb. 1 Iowa Caucus.

The two have repeatedly traded jabs, setting up for a main event fight that could be entertaining—as neither campaign has held any punches. Trump called Bush “low energy,” while Bush went as far as calling the billionaire a “jerk” earlier in December.

“Just one other thing — I gotta get this off my chest — Donald Trump is a jerk,” said Bush on Dec. 19 at a New Hampshire rally. “You cannot insult your way to the presidency. You can’t disparage women, Hispanics, disabled people. Who is he kidding?”

The next Republican presidential debate is on Jan. 14 in Charleston, South Carolina.

Read More: Jeb Bush’s Daring Challenge to the Donald Trump Celebrity Circus

Tap to read full story

Your browser is out of date. Please update your browser at http://update.microsoft.com


Dear TIME Reader,

As a regular visitor to TIME.com, we are sure you enjoy all the great journalism created by our editors and reporters. Great journalism has great value, and it costs money to make it. One of the main ways we cover our costs is through advertising.

The use of software that blocks ads limits our ability to provide you with the journalism you enjoy. Consider turning your Ad Blocker off so that we can continue to provide the world class journalism you have become accustomed to.

The TIME Team