Jeb “the lack of energy” Bush was in a feisty mood on Saturday at the Manchester, New Hampshire, debate sponsored by ABC News, the Independent Journal Review and Google.
In the no hold barred debate — final televised debate before voters go to the polls for the New Hampshire primary on February 9, candidates jostled on stage to get the upper hand in impressing their audience.
Trump was asked by one of the moderators to give his view on eminent domain — the practice of allowing private property to be seized for public purposes.
“So many people have hit me with commercials and other things about eminent domain. Eminent domain is an absolute necessity for a country, for our country,” Trump said.
“Without it, you wouldn’t have roads. You wouldn’t have hospitals. You wouldn’t have anything. You wouldn’t have schools. You wouldn’t have bridges. You need eminent domain,” he continued.
However, Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush pounced on the opportunity to ‘draw blood’ by referring to the case of an “elderly woman on the strip in Atlantic City” whose property Trump wanted to seize on the premise of eminent domain.
“That is not public purpose. That is downright wrong,” Bush fired at the Donald.
The case in question is that of Vera Coking, who ultimately prevailed over Trump in a 1998 court hearing.
After a heated exchange, Trump charged that Bush “wants to be a tough guy” and sought to regain control of the conversation, only to encounter boos from the audience.
“Let me talk. Quiet. A lot of times, a lot of times — that’s all of his donors and special interests out there,” Trump said, referring to the booing.
Ironically, as Trump went on to note, many of his conservative critics are also vocal supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would transport oil from the tar sands of Canada to the Gulf of Mexico and would require the use of eminent domain.
Davy, Desmond, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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