From the Wall Street Journal:
Donald Trump is playing mischief with Republican rival Jeb Bush’s appearance in New Hampshire Wednesday, with the businessman scheduling a town hall meeting at the same time that the former Florida governor is scheduled to hold his own voter forum.
For his New Hampshire swing, Mr. Bush is scheduled to be among a slate of GOP candidates speaking at all-day education summit in Londonderry, N.H., on Wednesday. Held by an education-focused news outlet run by former journalist Campbell Brown, the forum will feature Mr. Bush during the day.
At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Mr. Bush will then hold a town hall meeting in Merrimack.
On Monday, Mr. Trump’s campaign announced that it will hold its own town hall meeting about 25 miles down the road from Mr. Bush’s event in Derry, N.H. That forum begins at 6:30 p.m. with a press check in at 3:30 p.m.
When asked about the dueling town halls Monday afternoon, Mr. Trump was flip.
“Because Bush draws so poorly, I figured it would be a good time to draw a crowd. Something like that,” Mr. Trump told a Wall Street Journal reporter when asked about the matter at the businessman’s jury duty appearance at state Supreme Court in Manhattan Monday.
While the town halls are at the same times, they are being held in different counties — one being in Rockingham and the other in Merrimack.
“Someone should tell Mr. Trump he will be trying to troll us from an entirely different county,” said Allie Brandenburger, a spokeswoman for Mr. Bush.
The two men have increasingly gone after each other in recent days. Mr. Bush has faulted Mr. Trump’s controversial statements on women and Mexicans, while Mr. Trump has said that Mr. Bush is beholden to his wealthy donors and has sought to tie him to the Iraq record of his brother former President George W. Bush.Trump may not get many style points but he is effective this summer.