Republican presidential candidate and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks during a town hall style meeting at La Progresiva Presbyterian School on Sept. 1, 2015 in Miami, Fla.
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Jeb Bush: I’m ‘confident’ I’ll be the GOP nominee — and I’ll be a ‘disrupter’


Despite lackluster debate performance and plunging poll numbers, White House hopeful Jeb Bush expressed confidence Thursday in his ability to pull ahead of a crowded group of Republican candidates in time to win the race.

“I’m confident I’m going to be the Republican nominee,” he told TODAY’s Matt Lauer.

The latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll placed him fifth among the field with 7 percent, a large fall from the 23 percent he pulled in April.

Bush told Lauer that the 23 percent was “probably an aberration, but nevertheless we’re working for the long haul.” He felt his campaign has focused on the right issues and rolled out top policy statements.

“If you ask me in December where we stand when it really matters, I’ll be a contender for sure,” he said.

Bush also dispelled the idea that he can’t win the support of fans of Donald Trump, who has been viewed as an anti-establishment figure. Bush said his history both as Florida governor and as a private businessman will prove he is just as much an outsider as Trump.

“I was a disrupter in Florida, and I’ll be a disrupter in Washington DC as well,” he said.

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Jeb Bush: I'm 'confident' I'll be the GOP nominee — and I'll be a 'disrupter'