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Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Jeb Bush set to join Presidential race

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush   (AP Photo/Joe Skipper)
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush
(AP Photo/Joe Skipper)

Jeb Bush will announce his bid for the Republican presidential nomination on June 15 in Miami, finally jumping into the crowded field after a chorus of criticism about how he is handling his non-campaign and moving to bolster his support.

The former Florida governor’s big event in his hometown will come shortly after he completes a week-long trip to Germany, Poland and Estonia. The announcement on Thursday of a date follows several polls that showed his front-runner status has been diminished.

Some in the Bush camp had suggested he might wait until July to announce his bid, which would give him even more time to raise money for the Right to Rise Super PAC organization that will run key parts of his campaign.

But amid questions about his delay in announcing and whether he was skirting election fundraising laws, the decision was made to go in mid-June.

“Coming soon …,” Bush said on his Twitter account, linking to a new website. A companion message was posted in Spanish.

Like many other Republicans this year who gave a date for their announcement, Bush did not specifically say he will run.

But he has left no doubt in recent days about his intentions. A Bush aide said his event will be at Miami-Dade Community College.

Bush’s campaign will be run out of Miami but the Right to Rise Super PAC will be based in Los Angeles and led by Bush chief strategist Mike Murphy.

Bush began his exploration of a presidential bid late last year and quickly rose to the top of opinion surveys of Republican voters. But he has sagged a bit of late.

A Fox News poll this week had him tied for the lead at 12 percent with Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who is expected to announce in coming weeks.

“We expect that should he (Bush) get into this race that it’s going to be very competitive from the start and it’s going to be a very long race,” said Bush spokesman Tim Miller. “It’s obviously a very big field and also a field of very talented Republicans. That’s just the reality of the state of play.”

Bush, the son of former President George H.W. Bush and brother of former President George W. Bush, is entering a wide-open race for the nomination, with former Texas Governor Rick Perry the latest to join on Thursday.

Bush, 62, most represents the establishment wing of his party and wants to expand the reach of Republicans, who have lost the last two presidential elections and are seen as facing an uphill battle in 2016.

Conservatives have been slow to warm to him, concerned about his moderate positions on illegal immigration and Common Core education standards.

Their chilliness could complicate his campaign in Iowa, which early next year holds the first Republican nominating contest to choose a standard-bearer to face the Democratic nominee in the November 2016 election.

Officially forming his campaign will allow Bush to concentrate more on strategy and to flesh out a vision for why he wants to be president.

His recent days-long effort to explain what he would do differently than his brother in Iraq raised eyebrows among some Republicans.

“I think he hasn’t gotten his footing,” said a veteran Republican leader in Washington, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “He hasn’t been firm in his message. He hasn’t articulated his principles. He stumbled on the Iraq thing.”

“And he’s not aggressive enough. He seems fairly laid back and of course laid back isn’t the way you want to approach the voters for your initial impression,” he said.

He also faces a home-state challenge from Republican Senator Marco Rubio, 44, who has sent a pointed message to Bush by saying the party needs a new generation of leaders.

Following the June 15 event, Bush plans to go on a tour of states with early presidential nominating contests, with stops planned in New Hampshire, Iowa, South Carolina and Nevada, a Bush aide said.

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1 thought on “Jeb Bush set to join Presidential race”

  1. After being a life- long Democrat, since Carter ,I’ll be voting Republican for several reasons such as the disproportionate proliferation of HOMOSEXUAL TV programs and movies and the GUN GRAB ATTEMPTS by the Democratic Party. But , these next reasons really burns me up ! Recently, an openly HOMOSEXUAL teacher in EFLAND , N.C. a few days ago read the book,” KING AND KING “, TO HIS 3RD GRADE CLASS. It’s the story of TWO HOMOSEXUAL PRINCES getting married and it shows them kissing. Also The Girl Scouts of America has been FORCED, by HOMOSEXUAL Groups, TO ACCEPT BOYS WHO IDENTIFY AS GIRLS and In the state of California, heterosexual married couples can no longer be referred to as Husbands and Wives , Democrat Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill into law that not only redefines marriage, but eliminates any reference to husband and wife, replacing each with the Generic Term Spouse !
    People this is beyond the pale. The rampant proliferation of this kind of behavior is what we can expect if we continue to let the 2% TAIL OF THE HOMOSEXUAL POPULATION continue to WAG THE ENTIRE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. The REPUBLICAN PARTY is our last hope in maintaining some kind of MORAL COMPASS AND TRADITIONAL FAMILY VALUES that are the foundation of this Country . Voting in a another Democratic president will give them the opportunity to appoint 3-4 new Liberal Supreme Court Justices giving the Court a LIBERAL MAJORITY FOR GENERATIONS. Meaning we can expect more of this. The following is the Genesis of a Lawsuit filed in 2006 against the reading of the HOMOSEXUAL BOOK.”KING AND KING” TO 7 YEAR OLDS IN A CLASSROOM.

    Funny how you can’t read a lesson from the bible in a classroom .but you can PROMOTE HOMOSEXUAL MARRIAGE TO 2ND AND 3RD GRADERS !!!!

    In 2006 Robb and Robin Wirthlin and David and Tonia Parker filed a federal lawsuit against the school district of Eastbrook Elementary School, which their second graders attended in Lexington, Massachusetts. The Wirthlins’ son’s teacher had read King & King aloud to the class as part of an educational unit on weddings. Parents countered that the school’s job was to teach about the world and that Massachusetts sanctioned same-sex marriage The plaintiffs claimed that using the book in school constituted sex education without parental notification, which would be a violation of their civil rights and state law. Robin Wirthlin appeared on CNN, saying
    “ We felt like seven years old is not appropriate to introduce homosexual themes. My problem is that this issue of romantic attraction between two men is being presented to my seven-year-old as wonderful, and good and the way things should be. Let us know and let us excuse our child from the discussion. ”


    The judge dismissed the lawsuit, saying “Diversity is a hallmark of our nation. The Wirthlins and the Parkers appealed the decision; a three-judge panel of the First Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously in favor of the school. Judge Sandra Lynch, writing for the court, rejected the plaintiff’s argument that their religious beliefs were being singled out as well as their argument that their First Amendment right to free exercise of religion was violated, writing, “There is no evidence of systemic indoctrination. There is no allegation that [the second-grader] was asked to affirm gay marriage. Requiring a student to read a particular book is generally not coercive of free exercise rights.” The court also ruled that the parents’ substantive due process rights were not violated, as these rights did not legally give them the degree of control they sought over the curriculum.


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