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July 04, 2015

Jeb Bush responds to Donald Trump's immigration remarks

Bush leads Republican field in current polling

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush is the latest to weigh in on controversial remarks made by fellow GOP challenger Donald Trump about Mexico and immigration.

According to the Associated Press, Bush spoke to reporters after marching in Fourth of July parades in Amherst and Merrimack, New Hampshire.

"I don't think he represents the Republican Party, and his views are way out of the mainstream of what Republicans think," Bush said. "No one suggests that we shouldn't control our borders - everybody has a belief that we should control our borders. But to make these extraordinarily ugly kind of comments is not reflective of the Republican Party. Trump is wrong on this."

Bush, whose wife was born in Mexico, went on to tell reporters that he took the remarks personally. Trump has steadfastly defended his views, expressed last month in a speech announcing his bid for the Republican nomination.

"They're sending people that have lots of problems and they're bringing their problems," Trump said. "They're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime, they're rapists, and some I assume are good people, but I speak to border guards and they tell us what we are getting."

The most recent CNN/ORC national poll shows Bush at the front of a crowded GOP field, with 19 percent, up 6 points from May, while Trump stands at 12 percent.