Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush has officially announced his candidacy for the upcoming 2016 presidential election, following in the footsteps of his father and brother, George and George W. Bush, both former presidents of the United States. Though former first lady Barbara Bush and Bush’s siblings, Neil and Doro, were present for the announcement, both of the family’s former presidents were not. Should Jeb Bush win the election, the Bush family would have the most presidents in office, beating the Adams and Roosevelt dynasties.
After months of rumors about his candidacy and discouraging early polls, Bush launched his campaign on June 15th, 2015 during an appearance at Miami Dade Collage, wearing simple clothes to emphasize his recent weight loss. “We will take Washington, the static capital of this dynamic country,” Bush proclaimed, “then turn it out of the business of causing problems and we’ll get it back on the right side of free enterprise and freedom for all Americans.” Bush was at one point interrupted by protestors who called for immigration reform beyond granting legal status, prompting Bush to respond that as president he would pass “meaningful immigration reform.” From 1999 to 2007, Bush served two terms as Florida’s Governor, and is known for his substantial work in Florida’s education reform through his “A+ Plan,” and his strict reductions on Florida’s taxes, spending, and government. According to the New York Times, Bush differs from many other Republican candidates in that he recognizes climate change as an issue and thinks we “need to work with the rest of the world to negotiate a way to reduce carbon emissions.”Said Bush about his experience, “As our whole nation has learned since 2008, executive experience is another term for preparation.”
Contributors: Cai Redmond and Hannah Grace