Donald Trump battled 2016 rival Jeb Bush at Tuesday night's Republican debate after the former Florida governor took a shot at him for criticizing CNN's line of questioning.
The heated exchange between the two was started when Trump took a jab at CNN for asking a question seemingly aimed at baiting Bush to attack him.
"I think it's very sad that CNN leads Jeb Bush, Gov. Bush, down a road by starting off virtually all of the questions: 'Mr. Trump this, Mr. Trump that.' I think it's very sad," Trump told moderator Wolf Blitzer.
The real estate mogul continued, "And frankly, I watched the first debate. And the first long number of questions were, 'Mr. Trump said this, Mr. Trump said that, Mr. Trump!' These poor guys, although I must tell you — Santorum, good guy. Gov. Huckabee, good guy. They were very nice and I respect them very greatly. But I thought it was very unfair that virtually the entire early portion of the debate was 'Trump this, Trump that!'"
Bush decided to use the moment to take a swing at Trump — something he has come up empty trying to do in previous debates.
"I was mentioned, so I can bring up something I think, right?" Bush asked. "Look, the simple fact is that, if you think this is tough and you're not being treated fairly, imagine what it's going to like dealing with Putin, or President Xi, or dealing with Islamic terrorism that exists. This is a tough business to run for president."
"Oh, I know. You're a tough guy Jeb! Real tough!" Trump mocked.
"You're never going to be president of the United States by insulting your way to the presidency," Bush shot back.
That comment seemed to get under Trump's skin.
"Well, let's see, I'm at 42 and you're at three!" he quipped. "So so far I am doing better. So far I am doing better! You know, you started off over here Jeb, you're moving over further and further, pretty soon you're going to be off the end!"
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