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Jeb Bush is launching a radio ad in South Carolina

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush listens as Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speaks during a campaign stop at an American Legion post in Manchester, N.H., on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush listens as Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speaks during a campaign stop at an American Legion post in Manchester, N.H., on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016. AP

Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush will start airing radio ads Thursday statewide touting his conservative record on guns and abortion after he rose in a recent poll.

“ I have a message for the Obama administration: why don’t you focus more on keeping weapons out of the hands of Islamic terrorists and less on keeping weapons out of the hands of law-abiding Americans?” the former Florida governor says in the ad.

“Guided by his faith, he has defended life from conception to natural conclusion,” a reference to his fight prevent Terri Schiavo from being pulled off life support when when he was governor.

His campaign would not disclose the amount of the ad buy.

South Carolina, where his father and brother won primaries en route to the presidency, could be pivotal to Bush catching up to the GOP front-runners, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.

Bush rose from fifth to third in a S.C. poll released over the weekend, though he remains fifth in the nation.

He also won the endorsement of Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Seneca Republican who dropped out of the presidential race last month. They campaigned together in New Hampshire on Wednesday.

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