Jeb: I ‘Hated’ Being The GOP’s Front Runner

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December 20, 2015 3:27 p.m.

Republican presidential candidate and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said in an interview Sunday that he “hated” being the party’s front runner and feels “much better back here.”

The latest national poll showed Bush with 3 percent, along with Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Donald Trump had the lead with 41 percent support, according to the Monmouth poll.

Bush told “Face the Nation” host John Dickerson that he hated being the front runner.

“Six months ago people thought you were the front runner,” Dickerson said.

“Yeah, I hated that,” Bush replied. “I feel much better back here.”

Dickerson asked him to clarify.

“Well I’ve always thought that there was going to be a high expectation for me. And I totally get it,” Bush continued. “Because I have a brother that was president and a father that was president. And that higher expectation was important to realize. And so being the front runner made me feel like the other guys just dancing right through this. I have to go earn it. I have higher expectations on me than people have on me.”

Bush said it doesn’t bother him that there are high expectations for him and “feels good” where the campaign is now.

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