DES MOINES, Iowa — Jeb Bush has a plan for the Republican presidential debate in Wisconsin on Tuesday night: Don't treat it like a debate.
While he acknowledges he's got to be better on the debate stage, Bush says he's spending less time rehearsing this time. He sees the prime-time forum as more of a moderated conversation than a real debate.
To be sure, Bush is getting plenty of advice. But as he puts it, "Just tell me which tie to wear, make sure the knot's right, and leave me alone."
Bush hopes to recover from what he concedes was a poor debate performance last month. That's when he'd hoped to break out with a show of aggressiveness but ended up looking awkward in a tangle with a nimbler rival, Marco Rubio.