Jeb Bush officially announces Presidential bid

Jeb Bush officially announces Presidential bid

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Former Florida governor Jeb Bush has vowed to fix a dysfunctional Washington if he becomes the next U.S President.

It comes as he began his U.S. presidential bid this morning, with an attempt to move out of the shadow of the White House legacies left by his father and brother.

The 62 year old is looking to be seen as his own man and break out of a crowded field for the Republican presidential nomination to run in the November 2016 election.

In a speech in Miami to announce his candidacy, he presented himself as an anti-Washington figure with a can-do spirit.

“We will take Washington – the static capital of this dynamic country – out of the business of causing problems,” he said. “I know we can fix this. Because I’ve done it.”

Mr Bush made his announcement at Miami-Dade College, a school whose multicultural student population was chosen to emphasize Bush’s commitment to trying to expand the appeal of the white-dominated Republican Party.

“We don’t need another president who merely holds the top spot among the pampered elites of Washington. We need a president willing to challenge and disrupt the whole culture in our nation’s capital,” he said.

He was joined by his mother Barbara Bush, 90, at the event. Former presidents George H.W. Bush, his father, and George W. Bush, his brother, did not attend.

Both men left office with low approval ratings. The legacy of Jeb’s brother is particularly difficult given his 2003 invasion of Iraq and the financial crisis that erupted toward the end of his time in office.

Distancing himself from the pair, without being disloyal to his family, is predicted to be tricky for the younger brother of the former president. His campaign logo “Jeb!” avoids using the family surname.

“I think the biggest hurdle is he is going to have to sell himself as his own person, not his brother and not his father,” said Fran Hancock, 64, from Palm Beach, a supporter at the event.

Jeb held an early lead in opinion polls of Republican voters when he first began talking about a White House run six months ago, but that has now dissipated. He is essentially tied for the lead with a host of challengers.

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