US Elections 2016: Jeb Bush Formalizes Presidential Bid

US Elections 2016: Jeb Bush Formalizes Presidential Bid
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Jeb Bush formally enters the presidential race with a speech to be given at Miami Dade University on Monday. He promised to assert his commitment to the “most vulnerable in our society.”


Bush preludes announcement with a video

Bush promises to stand for the women, the minorities and the disabled children as seen in a video released Sunday prior to his official announcement.

“My core beliefs start with the premise that the most vulnerable in our society should be in the front of the line and not the back. What we need is new leadership that takes conservative principles and applies them so that people can rise up,” Bush said in the video.

I am Bush, I am not George

In CNN’s State of The Union, Bush said he is different from his father. “Jeb is who he is,” he said.

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He said the real Jeb has proven himself as a governor. He had made his own decision during his term.

“I have a life experience that’s full. It’s something that I think has been lacking in the presidency is to have someone who has been tempered by life. And along the way I’ll get to share that.”

His experiences in life will make him able to give back to his community, he said.

Still, he does not want to be disassociated with the Bush family.

“I don’t have to disassociate myself from my family. I love them. But, I know that I’m on — for me to be successful I’m going to have to show my heart and tell my story,” he said.

And as he gives his announcement speech, he knows he will be thinking about his father.

“Bushes are known to cry once in awhile. It’s very emotional for me. I love my dad. I called him yesterday, and wished him a happy birthday, and he said, I’m having a birthday? You know. So I think he was joking. I hope so. He’s just the greatest man alive. And I’ll be thinking about him when I’m — when I’m announcing my decision.”

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