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The Jeb Bush for President campaign opened its state headquarters Thursday in Tampa. Jeb wasn't there, but the star attraction was his son, Jeb Bush Jr.

"(There's) been a lot of energy," Bush Jr. said. "Whether it's been Iowa, New Hampshire or South Carolina, it's been great."

Bush Jr. opened the headquarters at an engineering office near Tampa International Airport. He was joined by two prominent Florida Republicans: Attorney General Pam Bondi and former House speaker Will Weatherford.

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Jeb Bush wanted to run for president as a joyful front-runner, above the fray of the pack. Instead, he heads into the fall campaign as a fighter with a foil: Donald Trump.

There's a new urgency in Bush's tone as a candidate. It's moved from frustration and annoyance with Trump's constant needling to a willingness to confront the brash billionaire and call him out for his antics.

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Much of the buzz around Donald Trump has circulated around his outspoken views on immigration, particularly of the illegal sort from Mexico. Jeb Bush, on the other hand, has had a much softer tone on the issue. But has he swung to the right in the face of Trump's surprisingly strong campaign?

"If it weren't for me, you wouldn't even be talking about illegal immigration. You woudn't even be talking about it."

That was Donald Trump talking to Chris Wallace at the first of what will likely be many Republican debates:

Jeb’s New Hampshire Blues

Sep 4, 2015

As smatterings of red leaves begin to appear across the Granite State’s green rolling hills, Bush’s summer of discontent is seeping into fall; his bruising entanglement with Donald Trump shows no sign of easing. The self-described “joyful tortoise” is no longer joyful, a mere tortoise struggling to shake Trump’s withering critique of his “low energy.”

Mr. Bush does not seem to be radiating much joy these days. He said last year that he would run for president only if he could do so with a sunny spirit, but Mr. Trump, the surprise leader in the polls, has turned this summer into a miserable one for Mr. Bush, gleefully ignoring the traditional rules of political engagement.

Inside the Trump-Bush Melodrama: Decades of Tension

Aug 27, 2015

The feud between the two leading Republicans, which has escalated in recent days, is shaping up as a defining dynamic at this early stage of the race. And considering Trump’s dominant status in polls and Bush’s fundraising dominance, the tensions between the two are likely to be a factor for weeks or months to come as each candidate attempts to topple the other on his way to the nomination.

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush has written an e-book recalling his days as Florida governor, including the year 2004 when the state was struck by four hurricanes within a six-week span. Bush won widespread praise, even among critics, for his deft handling of the storms.

During the hurricanes, Bush was ubiquitous around the state, warning Floridians about the approaching storms and offering consolation to those who lost their homes or were displaced from them.

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush on Thursday declined to rule out resuming the use of torture under some circumstances by the U.S. government.

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Republican presidential contender Jeb Bush earned more than $9 million over the last 17 months from speaking fees and an assortment of business interests, including a health services firm in Puerto Rico and an online lending operation, according to newly released financial records.

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The largest Florida corporate donor to a super political action committee backing former Gov. Jeb Bush's presidential run is NextEra Energy Inc., the company that owns electric utility giant Florida Power & Light.

Bush, a leading Republican contender, knows the company well. In 2009, more than two years after leaving office, he penned an opinion piece in the state capital's newspaper urging regulators to approve the utility's proposed rate increase for Florida customers.

Five presidential candidates spoke to the National Urban League Conference in Fort Lauderdale Friday.

The conference, which runs through Saturday, focuses on improving jobs, justice and education in American cities.


Democratic and Republican candidates talked about how government can address the conference theme: “Save Our Cities.”

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Following his own advice, Jeb Bush is taking his presidential campaign to the neighborhoods and churches where Hispanics and

African Americans live and worship in an effort to broaden his appeal among minority voters.

The bubble, one of the biggest in the nation, drove up home prices and had many short-term benefits for the state, spurring construction, spending and jobs. But the collapse of the housing bubble as Bush left office in 2007, after eight years of service, sent Florida into a recession deeper than that in the rest of the country, and hundreds of thousands lost their homes. “Who got hammered? Lower- and middle-class America,” said Marshall Sklar, a real estate investor who, like other well-off financiers operating in the state, has benefited from the wreckage

Florida Poll: Jeb Takes Big Lead Over Marco

Jul 24, 2015

Marco Rubio’s 15 percentage-point drop coincides with the rise of Gov. Scott Walker, who’s now in third place with 13 percent – an 11 point increase for the Wisconsin governor since the April survey. “And the center of the GOP political universe of late — Donald Trump — is in fourth with 11 percent,” Mason Dixon pollster Brad Coker said in a written analysis.

Democrats are up in arms over Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush’s recent comments about Medicare.  The former Florida Governor suggests Medicare be phased out.

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Florida's presidential primary is nine months away, but the state's influential donors are already speaking with their wallets. So far the news is better for Jeb Bush than for Marco Rubio in the Republican money race between home-state heavyweights — but it's even better for Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Former Governor Jeb Bush retuned to Tallahassee Monday, claiming bragging rights as a reformer and promising to bring the same skills to “Mount Washington.” Bush echoed familiar Republican themes, calling for smaller government, a balanced budget amendment and line-item veto power.

Jeb Back in Tallahassee to Call for D.C. Reforms

Jul 20, 2015
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Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush returned Monday to Tallahassee, where he spent eight years as governor, to introduce proposals for fixing the federal government.

Bush, seeking to portray himself as a Washington outsider, laid out plans for civil-service and congressional reforms, including plans to push for constitutional amendments that would require a balanced budget and give the president line-item veto power on appropriation bills.

Jeb v. Marco: Round 1 Goes to Jeb

Jul 17, 2015

Bush backers say their candidate is only picking up steam, in polls as well as fundraising. He announced his campaign just days before the end of the fundraising quarter. “If you look at what his schedule is and the number of events you have to host to raise that kind of money, it’s something like $700,000 a day. Just from a standpoint of human capacity and what you can do in 24 hours, it’s impressive,” said Al Cardenas, a lobbyist and former chairman of the Republican Party of Florida under Bush, who served as governor from 1999-2007.

Jeb Bush Taps Family Network to Raise $11.4 Million

Jul 16, 2015

With a combined $119 million on hand between the campaign and two affiliated PACs, Bush is fully loaded to outlast 16 Republican rivals. His super PAC numbers, which will be reported to the FEC at the end of the month, are expected to position him to outspend competitors in every state.