Elections

Jeb Begs Low-Energy Crowd: ‘Please Clap’ [VIDEO]

UPDATE (5:15 pm, EST)The Bush campaign reached out to TheDC and provided the following statement, as well as video of the below-mentioned exchange:

It was clear Governor Bush was cracking a joke with the audience, who laughed and enjoyed the humor. It was a charming moment, which was not reflected in a snarky comment by the New York Times. 

WATCH:

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was forced to beg attendees to applaud after delivering an anticipated crowd-pleaser at a Tuesday campaign stop in New Hampshire.

Jeb Begs Low-Energy Crowd -- 'Please Clap' (Getty Images)   Jeb Begs Low-Energy Crowd -- 'Please Clap' (Getty Images)   

While discussing his role as a potential commander in chief, Bush said “I won’t be out here blowharding, talking a big game without backing it up,” reports The New York Times.

“Please clap,” he continued in a “defeated” response to the crickets, before the crowd laughed — and then, finally clapped.

According to Real Clear Politics, Bush is polling at 9 percent among New Hampshire voters. He received 2.8 percent of the vote in Monday’s Iowa Republican caucus.

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