Faced with sinking poll numbers and widely criticized debate performances, Bush and his campaign have attempted to engineer a turnaround tour, positioning the candidate as the most serious and well-informed on the extensive Republican slate. But he has struggled to shore up his conservative bona fides among GOP voters who see him as a compromised member of the establishment. Bush, who has seen his support slide almost uninterruptedly since July, has fallen to less than 6 percent, which has him in fifth place behind the front-runners, businessman Donald Trump and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Rubio and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.