Jeb Bush

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and his son Jeb Bush Jr. have responded to a news report that the likely Republican presidential candidate self-identified as Hispanic in a 2009 voter-registration application.

Poll: Jeb, Rubio Get Boost in Florida

Mar 31, 2015

With voters pointing to concerns about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's honesty, former Gov. Jeb Bush and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio have gained ground on the Democrat in the presidential race in Florida, according to a poll released Tuesday.

Bush, who has been traveling the country and raising tens of millions of dollars in anticipation of a bid for the Republican nomination, leads Clinton by a margin of 45 percent to 42 percent in Florida, the Quinnipiac University poll said. A similar survey in early February showed Clinton ahead 44 percent to 43 percent against Bush.

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As attention centers on Hillary Clinton’s email records, one left-leaning political action committee is reminding folks about a communication flap from another potential presidential candidate -- former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

Bush famously used his personal email address during his eight years as governor, and he recently posted them online. But the American Bridge 21st Centry PAC says Bush handpicked which emails to disclose.

According to Josh Gillin with PolitiFact Florida, the PAC's claim is Mostly True. 

Associated Press

Jeb Bush was preparing to release the emails he sent and received as Florida governor when he was excoriated by a letter-writer to The Miami Herald.

The headline: "Don't trust Jeb Bush with the power of the presidency."

The subject of many of the emails was Terri Schiavo. The letter-writer was her husband, Michael.

Bush's effort to stop Michael Schiavo from removing his brain-damaged wife's feeding tube was a defining moment of Bush's time in office.

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is considering a run for the White House. So he released 250,000 emails this week from his time as governor.

But Bush’s desire to be transparent may cause trouble for some of his former constituents.

Former Gov. Jeb Bush, who waged a running battle with Florida's teacher unions during his eight years in office, used a return visit to the state capital to defend education changes he put in place that have come under fire as he mulls a run for president.

Jeb Bush, considered a front-runner in the crowded field of Republican presidential prospects, speaks at a fund-raising luncheon in Tallahassee on TuesdayCredit Reuters/Bill CotterellEdit | Remove

Jeb, Hillary an Even Match in Florida

Feb 3, 2015

Bush v. Clinton could be a barnburner in Florida.

A Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday shows former Gov. Jeb Bush and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a virtual tie in a hypothetical 2016 presidential race in Florida. The poll gave 44 percent to Clinton and 43 percent to Bush.

While presidential primaries and caucuses are still a year away --- and the fields of candidates are loaded with speculation --- the poll indicates Bush would be the toughest opponent for Clinton in the critical swing state of Florida.

Testing Time - Jeb Bush’s Educational Experiment

Jan 26, 2015

As a result of the rightward shift in the Republican Party, Jeb Bush is being viewed as a moderate in the emerging Presidential field. He has strong support among the Party’s establishment and donor class, but his popularity among the current conservative rank and file is difficult to gauge. Since he left office, Bush has maintained a national profile through his work on the issue with which, as governor, he had sought to make his biggest mark: education reform. But, after leading the way in pushing a conservative vision for America’s schools, Bush is now caught in the midst of an unexpected upheaval on the issue within his own party.

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Jeb Bush called himself a "head-banging conservative" back in 1994 when he ran for governor of Florida on a promise to "club this government into submission."

He lost.

Four years later, the Republican returned as a compassionate voice for education reform and society's have-nots.

He won.

It's a lesson that still shapes Bush's approach to politics and was evident this past week when he took the latest step toward the 2016 presidential race.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has resigned from the board of a Jacksonville-based timber company. Bush appears to be preparing for a presidential run.

Jeb Bush’s Ties to Donors Put Rivals in a Bind

Dec 22, 2014

Mr. Bush is heir to a vaunted network of Republican contributors built over his family’s two presidencies, his own governorship and other campaigns. It is one of the most formidable assets in GOP politics and could hamper the fund-raising of Republican potential rivals, including Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie . The donors’ ties to the Bushes also could undercut possible interest in a third White House campaign by Mitt Romney . If the 2012 GOP presidential nominee runs, he would compete for the same contributors, many of whom helped finance his latest campaign.

If Jeb Bush Runs, Did he Wait Too Long?

Dec 22, 2014

Eric J. Ostermeier, political science professor at the University of Minnesota, pointed out on his Smart Politics blog that few successful presidential candidates waited as long as Bush did since his last election victory. The 2016 election will come 14 years after Bush's last electoral victory — a 2002 re-election win as Florida governor. It's been 154 years since someone won the presidency that long after his last election victory. That someone was Abraham Lincoln, elected to the U.S. House from Illinois in 1846. Lincoln served only one term and didn't win another race until the White House in 1860.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush announced Tuesday he will “actively explore” a campaign for president, an early move that could pre-empt some other Republicans with White House aspirations in the bidding for big donations and public support.

In a holiday message posted on his Facebook page, the son and brother of Republican presidents said he had discussed the “future of our nation” and his own prospective bid for the White House with members of his family over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Jeb Bush, the former Republican governor of Florida and the brother and son of two former U.S. presidents, has essentially kicked off the 2016 presidential campaign with a pre-announcement announcement on Facebook.

Saying he had conversations with his family about the future of the country, Bush said he had decided to "actively explore" a presidential run.

He went on:

Jeb Bush Keeps Eye on Center of 2016 Fray

Dec 12, 2014

In the past few weeks, Mr. Bush has moved toward a run for the White House. His family’s resistance has receded. His advisers are seeking staff. And the former governor is even slimming down, shedding about 15 pounds thanks to frequent swimming and personal training sessions after a knee operation last year. But before pursuing the presidency, Mr. Bush, 61, is grappling with the central question of whether he can prevail in a grueling primary battle without shifting his positions or altering his persona to satisfy his party’s hard-liners. In conversations with donors, friends and advisers, he is discussing whether he can navigate, and avoid being tripped up by, the conservative Republican base.

Fact-Checking Jeb Bush

Nov 14, 2014
politifact.com

The 2014 midterm elections are over.

So it's on the the 2016 presidential race, right?   

Too soon?

Well, it wasn't too soon for a lot of would-be presidential hopefuls to use the midterm races to get a little bit of exposure - among them former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.

And Bush was talking about some of his signature issues like education, along with voter touchstones like the economy.  

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Former President George W. Bush said he and his father believe Jeb Bush should run for president but ultimately the former Florida governor must make a decision regardless of any pressure from the family.

“I can tell you I can speak for 41,” Bush said, referring to the 41st President George H.W. Bush during the official launch of the 43rd president’s book at his dad’s presidential library center at Texas A&M University. “He ought to run for president. He would make a great president.”

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Former President George W. Bush is giving even odds about whether another Bush will try to occupy the White House.

Brother Jeb, a former Florida governor, is “wrestling with the decision” of running for the Republican nomination for president in 2016, George W. Bush says.

“I think it’s 50-50,” the former president told CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

Steve Newborn / WUSF News

Both Charlie Crist and Rick Scott are hauling out the biggest names in each party as election day draws near. Today, Crist campaigned with Bill Clinton, and Scott toured the state with governors Bobby Jindal and Rick Perry. And perhaps the biggest name in Republican politics stumped for Scott in Sarasota.

 

The Bushes, Led by W., Rally to Make Jeb ‘45’

Oct 27, 2014

As Jeb Bush nears a decision to become the third member of his storied family to seek the presidency, the extended Bush clan and its attendant network, albeit with one prominent exception, are largely rallying behind the prospect and pulling the old machine out of the closet. “No question,” Jeb Jr. said in an interview, “people are getting fired up about it — donors and people who have been around the political process for a while, people he’s known in Tallahassee when he was governor. The family, we’re geared up either way.”

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