Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush had to ask his audience to clap during a speech at a campaign stop in New Hampshire on Tuesday.

Bush had just finished talking about how he would protect the country as commander in chief, The New York Times reported.

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"I think the next president needs to be a lot quieter, but send a signal that we're prepared to act in the national security interests of this country to get back in business of creating a more peaceful world," he said.

The audience responded with silence.

"Please clap," Bush then said, in a quieter tone, and the crowd laughed and obliged.

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But recent polls have shown him making gains. Bush is in second place in New Hampshire, according to a Harper Polling survey released Wednesday, behind Trump. Trump holds a 17-point lead over Bush in that poll, with 31 percent support to 14.