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Things Get Personal in GOP Race as Trump Drags in Bush’s “Mommy”

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush kisses his mother Barbara Bush as he is introduced to announce his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination on June 15, 2015 in Miami.

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The long fight between Jeb Bush and Donald Trump reached a new level of personal after the real estate mogul called out his opponent for relying on his “mommy” to gain support. It all began when Bush released an ad that features his mom Barbara Bush uttering a thinly veiled attack against Trump. “When push comes to shove people are going to realize Jeb has real solutions, rather than talking about how popular they are, how great they are,” Barbara Bush says in the ad. She also released a hand-written letter that calls on voters to support her son.

The New York real estate mogul is not one to let things slide and this was no exception. He quickly took to Twitter to issue his latest barb against Bush: “Just watched Jeb’s ad where he desperately needed mommy to help him. Jeb — mom can’t help you with ISIS, the Chinese or with Putin.”

Bush then responded again: “I’d be careful Donald.” He accompanied the post with a photo of Barbara Bush wearing shoulder pads and eye black. That photo was taken from a 2014 photo shoot with Houston Texans’ defensive end J.J. Watt. The two appeared in an ad that called on parents to “tackle” the problem of illiteracy by reading to their kids.

This latest tiff comes as Trump released his first television attack ad in which he goes after Sen. Ted Cruz’s record on immigration and accuses him of being “pro-amnesty.”

Cruz released an attack ad of his own that focuses on eminent domain and portrays Trump as a “fat cat developer” who “bulldozed the home of an elderly widow for a limousine parking lot.”