Former Governor of Florida Jeb Bush announced he will be joining the 2016 presidential race on Monday, saying his focus will be on boosting the economy and improving opportunities for Americans.
“We will take Washington, the static capital of this dynamic country and turn it out of the business of causing problems, and will get it back on the right side of free enterprise and freedom for all Americans,” Bush, 62, declared at Miami Dade University where he opened his campaign to a pandemonium of chants by a crowd chanting “Jeb, Jeb, Jeb.”
“I know we can fix this, because I’ve done it,” he said, referencing his efforts at rebuilding job growth and economic strategy as a governor of Florida from 1999-2007.
Jeb Bush is the 11th candidate from the Republican Party to enter the presidential race, all competing for the party’s nomination.
Several other potential Republicans like Gov. Scott Walker are yet to announce their presidential bid and are currently undecided.
Jeb’s campaign logo prior to the event was revealed, it included his first name followed by an exclamation mark “Jeb!” Some say he wanted to distance himself from the political history of his surname.
Jeb Bush is the second son of former president George H. W. Bush and the younger brother of former president George W. Bush.
Fellow Republican candidate Rand Paul commented to the Associate Press saying, “I think some people have had enough Bushes and enough Clintons.”
Neither his father, former president George H. W. Bush, nor his brother, George W. Bush, were present at Monday’s campaign event.
Before the rally began, a video message of Jeb Bush was screened which highlighted his career as a governor of Florida which included testimonies from minorities, carers of the disabled and victims of domestic violence which propagated the benefits they released during his post.
“The most vulnerable in our society should be in the front line, not the back,” said Bush, who at times spoke in Spanish and whose wife is Mexican-born. “I’m proud of the fact that many families now have the chance to live lives of purpose and meaning.”
The Republican Party has not been received well by US minorities, impacting their 2008 and 2012 run for election negatively.