Over the weekend, the Joe Lieberman-Jon Huntsman “we don’t believe in nothing” group, No Labels” held a candidate convention in New Hampshire.
The nonprofit No Labels group held an event in New Hampshire on Monday that featured a number of candidates running for president under one label or another, including real estate mogul Donald Trump, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), [mc_name name=’Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’G000359′ ] (R-S.C.) and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D).
The contenders answered questions from students in Manchester and touted their commitment to bipartisanship and “problem solving,” the buzzword of the daylong event.
The group’s mission centers on breaking the political logjam in Washington, but its band of former centrist lawmakers has failed to enact any meaningful change beyond coaxing more fundraising dollars out of its donors in the name of “bipartisanship.”
During the forum, Trump was asked a War-on-Women-ish sort of question:
Trump said voters want their country back, and the crowd responded with applause.
Lauren Batchelder of Chester, N.H., wasn’t clapping.
When it came time for Trump to answer questions, 18-year-old Batchelder stood up and said she doesn’t believe Trump supports women.
“If you’re elected president, will I make the same as a man? And will I do what I want with my body?” she asked.
Trump interrupted saying he cherishes and respects women.
“You’ll make the same if you do as good of a job,” he said. “And I happen to be pro-life.”
Batchelder said Trump’s response wasn’t the answer for which she’d hoped.
As it turns out, Batchelder is not some random person. She’s actually Jeb Bush campaign staffer. Since she was identified as a political operative engaged in some pretty juvenile activity she has tried to scrub her social media presence. Too bad for her, it didn’t work.
This is not the type of things that actual winning campaigns do. It boggles the mind that anyone thought she could ask loaded questions like she did without being outed and one is also left baffled by what kind of answers she hoped to get from Trump. But this is very much in character for how the Bush campaign has operated so far.