After months of relentlessly courting donors, Jeb Bush launched his presidential campaign on Monday, June 15, in his adopted hometown of Miami. In a crowded Republican field teeming with right-leaning conservative candidates, Bush will present himself as a comparatively moderate problem solver who can broaden the party's appeal.
His announcement at Miami Dade College was made in front of a diverse crowd, with Spanish-language music playing before he appeared on stage. Bush — who is married to a Mexican woman — painted the U.S. as going down a bad path and said that he would run for president to bring it back on course:
Our country is on a very bad course. And the question is: What are we going to do about it? The question for me is: What am I going to do about it? And I have decided: I am a candidate for president of the United States.
We will lift our sights again, make opportunity common again, get events in the world moving our way again. We will take Washington — the static capital of this dynamic country — out of the business of causing problems.
Brother of George W. Bush and son of George H.W. Bush, the former Florida governor is the scion of one of the most illustrious political families in the country, next to the Kennedys. But Bush's campaign will aim to distance himself from the policies of his family members, particularly his brother's in the Middle East.
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