DES MOINES -- Verbatim from Jeb Bush on Donald Trump: "He's apparently not going to come to the debate, though I've got a $20 bet he'll show up."
Bush is still most animated as a candidate when he gets to campaign against Trump. When a man asked an admittedly "softball" question to Bush about Trump -- "Why is he not right for America?" -- Bush responded, "How much time do we have?"
He started off by rattling off a list of good Trump characteristics, such as his business success. ("My mother always makes me say that," Bush said of his tendency to say nice things first.)
But then he slammed Trump: "His talk is designed to hurt," Bush said. "It's not how you win."
And he mocked Trump for skipping the debate: "Poor little Donald," upset by media coverage, Bush said.
"You're giving me therapy for letting me answer that question," he concluded.
And he got his first hearty laugh of the day.