Jeb Bush Tells NBC’s Lester Holt He’s Ready for Republican Debate: ‘I’m a Big Boy’

By Mark Joyella 

In an interview with NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said he’s ready for next week’s GOP debate, even if it means facing a frontrunner in the form of Donald Trump. “I’m a big boy,” he said. “I’ll be showing up with my big boy pants on.”

Bush, who trails Trump in national polls but seems assured of a spot in the top-tier prime time debate August 6 on Fox News, said Trump’s message has hit a chord with voters. “I was surprised that Donald Trump has surged. I think he’s captured the deep frustration that people feel.”

The extended interview will air on Saturday’s Today and NBC Nightly News and on Meet the Press Sunday.