John Ellis Bush Presidential Candidate, They're Back

post Jun 16 2015, 02:10 PM
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John Ellis Bush Running For President

Bush campaign theme: I know we can fix the country

MIAMI Jeb Bush made it official Monday, launching a 2016 presidential campaign that plays up his experience as Florida governor, plays down his family name, and casts himself as a fix-it leader of the future.

"We will take Washington -- the static capital of this dynamic country -- out of the business of causing problems," Bush plans to say in his announcement speech at a Miami college, according to excerpts released by his campaign.

"We will get back on the side of free enterprise and free people," the former Florida governor will say, according to the excerpts. "I know we can fix this. Because I've done it."

Bush, who struggled at times during the run-up to Monday's announcement, also figures to spend part of the campaign arguing that he is a different kind of leader than his presidential father or brother.

From his new campaign logo "Jeb!" to the issues he is stressing, Bush's announcement is designed to stress that he is his own person, and answer attacks that have come from conservative Republicans as well as Democrats.

"I will campaign as I would serve," Bush plans to say, "going everywhere, speaking to everyone, keeping my word, facing the issues without flinching, and staying true to what I believe.

"I will take nothing and no one for granted -- I will run with heart -- I will run to win."

Presidents George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush did not attend the campaign kick-off event, though Jeb Bush didn't turn his back on his family. Former first lady Barbara Bush, the candidate's mother, appeared to loud applause, as did siblings Doro and Neil.

In his speech, Bush is likely to echo the themes of a pre-announcement video released by the campaign Sunday. It features four Florida residents discussing Bush state initiatives school vouchers, small business assistance, aid to the disabled, and programs to battle domestic violence that the candidate says reflect his approach to government.

"I said I was going to do these things and I did them, and the result was Florida is a lot better off," said Bush, 62, who served as governor from 1999 to 2007.

Education also figures to be a theme for the newest Bush candidacy. He will make his announcement at the Kendall campus of Miami-Dade College, on a gymnasium stage festooned with American flags and "Jeb!" signs.

In case there was any doubt, the Bush team filed legal paperwork just hours before the candidate's speech, setting up an official campaign account with the Federal Election Commission. The official name of the presidential campaign committee: Jeb 2016 Inc.

Jeb is more of a nickname, an acronym of his formal name: John Ellis Bush.

After the formal announcement in Miami, Bush spends the rest of the week touring the key early caucus and primary states of New Hampshire Iowa, and South Carolina,

While Bush is expected to have more money than his Republican opponents, a series of early polls show an unformed race with no clear front-runner.

The exploratory part of Bush's campaign included a number of stumbles. His poll numbers dropped, he shook up his campaign staff, and he struggled to answer questions about the Iraq war launched by President George W. Bush.

Asked about the idea of being "another Bush," the candidate told CNN in a recent interview: "Well, Jeb is different than George, and Jeb is who he is. My life story is different."

The Republican field includes another Floridian and former Bush protege, Sen. Marco Rubio, who welcomed Bush to the race with a statement of friendship.

"When I call Jeb Bush my friend, I mean he is someone I like, care for and respect," Rubio said. "He and I have worked closely together for many years, on issues big and small. He is a passionate advocate for what he believes."

Other senators Ted Cruz of Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina are also running.

Ex-governors Mike Huckabee of Arkansas, Rick Perry of Texas and George Pataki of New York are already in as well. The race is expected to eventually include four other current governors: Scott Walker of Wisconsin, Chris Christie of New Jersey, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and John Kasich of Ohio.

Also seeking the Republican nomination: businesswoman Carly Fiorina and retired surgeon Ben Carson. Businessman Donald Trump is scheduled to announce Tuesday whether he will get in.

Democrats say other Bush policies from tax cuts for the wealthy to opposition to anti-discrimination legislation show he favors only the well-off.

"Throughout his career, Jeb Bush has consistently put what is best for himself and those at the top above the priorities of working Americans," said Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., chairwoman of the Democratic Party.

Jeb Bush, a Florida businessman before launching a losing a bid for governor in 1994, came back to win the office in 1998 and 2002.

More than a dozen years after his last political race, Bush faces questions from conservatives about his commitment to their cause. The list of complaints include his support for Common Core education standards and for new immigration rules.

Ari Fleischer, who served as press secretary for President George W. Bush, said Jeb Bush enters the race in the "top tier" of Republican candidates and will likely stay there. Bush has some "vulnerabilities" with Republican grass roots, he said, but will have a chance to address those on the campaign trail.

The Bush family name is both an attribute and a liability for Jeb, Fleischer said, pointing out that George W. Bush remains popular with Republican primary voters.

"All candidates have to stand on their own two feet and prove their own worth," Fleischer said. "Jeb has a chance to do that."

In his campaign announcement, Bush plans to say he will run an "optimistic" campaign because "I am certain that we can make the decades just ahead in America the greatest time ever to be alive in this world."

I am voting for him. Oh yeah. Not because of politics but because it brings us one step closer again to 911 perps.

Jeb Bush Announcement 28'42"

I understand Bush Sr. not attending but it says a lot when W. does not attend the announcement. Never fear because brother Neil attended. The Bush brothers: has there ever been a more corrupt incompetent group of siblings in modern American history? And that is why I want more Bush in the White House. And I'm not talking anymore female interns on the prowl.

I look at the previous Bush administration as a Thanksgiving turkey that has been almost picked to the bone and then put in a refrigerator. With Jeb as president, that turkey now comes out and there is still some more picking left. I take a picked-at turkey and then put the whole carcass in very slightly boiling water for two to three hours and find enough left to use in soup. That is Jeb. Hopefully the fun begins right after the '16 election.

Does it really matter whether Billary or Jeb is president? No. But with Jeb it makes things much more interesting, imo.
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post Jun 26 2015, 02:55 PM
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A Horrific Bush Suck-Up Article:
Jeb appears worthy to assume Bush mantel

By Kathleen Parker | June 17, 2015

If anyone should be feeling an overwhelming sense of Groundhog Day this presidential election, c'est moi

Frankly, I've been covering Bushes for so long, I feel like I ought to be parachuting out of airplanes. In fact, the arc of my career parallels the so-called Bush Dynasty, beginning in 1980 when I was a young reporter for the Charleston (S.C.) Evening Post.

That was the first year South Carolina held a Republican presidential primary and it's been the "First in the South" ever since.

Recognizing the historic importance of the 1980 race, my paper's editors split the state into east and west and assigned two reporters to cover the terrain. The other reporter was a classic from central casting - a chain-smoking political veteran aptly named Jack Roach.

Taking off in different directions, we traversed the state, filing three columns a week - on typewriters, with no spellcheck I might add.

Memorably, I found myself one night in a Charleston hotel room with Ronald and Nancy Reagan. I don't recall how I got there, but I was pretty good at wiggling into places I didn't belong, probably because I looked about 12 years old. Though my intent was to interview Reagan, my confidence was rendered null by my having to explain to the future president that my parents didn't need to know where I was.

This may also explain why my favorite of the bunch was George H.W. Bush, who was courtly, kind, handsome and, most important, treated me as if I were his equal. This was more than a paternal gesture but spoke to his quality, character and class - the thread that runs through my nearly 30 years' exposure to and experience with the Bush family.

By the time the senior Bush became president in 1988, I was writing a different sort of column, more lifestyle than politics, and was busy with motherhood. But his defeat four years later by Bill Clinton, thanks largely to the chart-happy vote siphon Ross Perot, signaled a turning point in American culture and, therefore, in my column and my politics.

Lifestyle and politics suddenly collided.

After the national trauma of the Clinton years, during which mothers like me were forced to shield our children from the president's deeds, it was a relief to see George W. and Laura Bush move into the White House. If nothing else was certain, at least no one would have to worry about blue dresses, knee pads and cigars.

I became familiar with these Bushes, as their years in office coincided with my own migration to Washington.

I remember a comment George W. Bush made to me during a one-on-one, in-flight interview. He said the toughest moment of his life wasn't what to do after 9/11 but seeing his father - "this fine, fine man" - defeated by Clinton. I thought for a moment he might cry, but of course he wouldn't.

I also got to know Laura Bush when she invited Greta Van Susteren and me to travel with her to the Middle East to launch a breast cancer awareness program in four countries.

People say you can learn about a person's character by playing golf with them. The same is true about traveling together, especially under challenging conditions. It wasn't like dodging bullets in Bosnia, mind you, but sharing close quarters with Secret Service snipers provides its own sort of bonding tension.

More to the point, observing Laura Bush navigate the uber-man's world of the Middle East - putting kings and sheikhs at ease while lifting terrified women from despair by her reassuring presence - was inspiring. Mrs. Bush didn't get as much recognition for her efforts on this side of the world as she deserved, but seeking such attention was never her point.

And now comes Jeb.

Though I've not met him, I formed an impression about Jeb Bush during the 2012 Republican Convention in Tampa, Fla., when I heard him speak at a small reception. Predisposed neither to like nor dislike him, I was immediately impressed. Without notes, he was eloquent, thoughtful, fluent in policy yet plainspoken, accessible and utterly free of artifice or guile. I remember thinking at the time: If the American people could hear him, they would like him.

They finally got to hear him Monday as he launched his presidential campaign. We'll soon know whether my instincts were right. As to the dynasty question, Bush settled the issue, indirectly and cleverly: "The presidency," he said, "shouldn't be passed on from one liberal to the next."

Classy. And the real point, after all.

Parker's email address is kathleenparker@washpost.com.

I have covering the Bushes since 1980 election. I have no idea what Bushes she has been covering.
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