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Jeb Bush On Donald Trump: "Preying On People's Fears And Anger" Won't Solve Problems

"...all candidates really should focus on what they're going to do to solve problems..."

Last updated on July 3, 2018, at 1:21 p.m. ET

Posted on July 22, 2015, at 6:59 p.m. ET

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Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush says Donald Trump isn't going to solve problems by "preying on people's fears and anger."

The former governor of Florida was speaking on the Mike Gallagher Show Wednesday when he was asked if Trump's role in campaign was good or bad for the Republican Party.

"Well here's what I know, there's a lot of disaffection," Bush said. "As I campaign I hear it, I sense it. It's pretty clear that we've lost our way. People don't believe their government's working for them. Our economic growth has been tepid. You can see why -- the border's not being controlled effectively. You can see why people are angry. I don't think though preying on people's fears and anger is going to solve the problem."

Trump has called Bush "terrible," "pathetic," sent racially-charged tweets about Bush's wife (who is Mexican), and taken repeated swipes at him over his stance on immigration and education.

Bush said he's happy to talk about the big issues of day or his policy proposals, and he thinks all candidates should focus on that.

"You know, I'm happy to talk to you about any of the policy initiatives that we're proposing or just the big issues of the day," said Bush. "And all candidates really should focus on what they're going to do to solve problems and do they have the leadership skills to make it possible. When it gets to that I feel pretty good about my campaign."