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NASHUA, N.H. — Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush, speaking to a Rotary Club here, criticized frontrunner Donald Trump as someone who “organizes his campaign around disparaging people as a sign of strength.”

“If you disparage women, if you castigate Hispanics, if you ridicule the disabled,” it’s not a sign of strength, Bush told the luncheon crowd, many of whom warmly greeted him and snapped “selfies” with him around the banquet room at the Nashua Country Club on the last day of campaigning before the crucial New Hampshire primary.

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Bush said leadership shouldn’t be about “the volume” of your voice “or how profane you can be or how insulting you can be.”

“I’m tired of politicians who push down a group of people” to promote themselves, he said.

Bush and Trump have quarreled repeatedly at GOP debates, including last Saturday in this same city when Bush seemed to get under Trump’s skin, Trump “shhhd” his rival and the crowd booed Trump.

Bush, who has been combating what some call “Bush fatigue,” said he was proud of his father (“the greatest man alive”) and his brother, both of whom served as president.

Taking another shot at Republicans promising to deport illegal immigrants, Bush talked about what he called his “Canadian-Iraqi-Mexican-Texan” granddaughter. He used that to segue into to say he’s for inclusiveness when some of his rivals are for divisiveness.