Jeb Bush at Miami Dade College for the big announcement on June 15, 2015
Photo: Jeb Bush Twitter
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush announced he is running for President on Monday afternoon at a kick-off rally in Miami. Bush, 62, is the third person in his family to run for the White House. Bush served 2 terms as the 43rd governor of the Sunshine State from 1999 to 2007. The big announcement at 3 p.m. ET also was on Bush’s Twitter and Jeb2016.com.
Here are speech highlights from Jeb Bush’s Twitter feed.
“I’m running for President of the Untied States. I will run with heart. I will run to win.”
“We will lift our sights again, make more opportunity common again, get events in the world moving our way again.”
“That will be my goal as President – four percent growth and 19 million new jobs that come with it.”
“What the IRS, EPA and entire bureaucracy have done with overregulation, we can undo by act of Congress and order of the President.”
“We didn’t leave the most vulnerable last in line. We put them first in line because they are not a problem. They are a priority.”
“It’s nobody’s turn. It’s everybody’s test and it’s wide open–exactly as a contest for president should be.”
“I will campaign as I would serve, going everywhere, speaking to everyone, keeping my word, facing the issues without flinching and stay true to my beliefs.”
Columba Bush, his wife and Barbara Bush, his mother also were there for the official announcement at Miami Dade College. Bush spoke to his father, 41st President George Bush, by phone before making his presidential run official.
“Todos por Jeb!,” Columba retweeted.
Bush enters the race with a crowded field of Republican contenders, including Florida Republican, Marco Rubio.
While in Tallahassee as Florida governor, Bush and his administration steered the state through 2 bad hurricane seasons that included Hurricane Charlie, Hurricane Frances in 2004, Hurricane Jeanne in 2005 and turned the state’s economy around. Bush also introduced the first school voucher program for low-income families, added charter schools, cut taxes and increased state reserves.