Date
24 January 2017
Jeb Bush announces his White House run in Miami. He vowed to fix a dysfunctional Washington and take it out of the business of creating problems. Photo: Reuters
Jeb Bush announces his White House run in Miami. He vowed to fix a dysfunctional Washington and take it out of the business of creating problems. Photo: Reuters

Jeb Bush launches White House bid in the shadow of family legacy

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush has launched his bid for the White House, vowing to fix dysfunction in Washington and seeking to define himself as his own man.

Bush, 62, threw his hat in the ring Monday, making him the latest in a host of Republican hopefuls trying to succeed Barack Obama.

He made the announcement in Miami, presenting himself to the party faithful as an anti-Washington politician with a can-do spirit, according to Reuters.

“We will take Washington — the static capital of this dynamic country — out of the business of causing problems,” Reuters quoted him as saying.

“I know we can fix this. Because I’ve done it.”

Bush was joined by his 90-year-old mother, Barbara Bush, 90, at the event but former presidents George H.W. Bush, his father, and George W. Bush, his brother, did not attend.

Jeb Bush offered himself as his own man as he tried to deal with the mixed legacies of the two former US presidents.

The latest polls show him essentially tied for the lead with a host of challengers including Senator Marco Rubio after leading opinion surveys when he first hinted at a White House campaign.

Bush quickly launched an offensive against former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Democratic frontrunner, calling her diplomacy a “phone-it-in foreign policy”.

He said Obama, Clinton and her successor John Kerry are leaving a “legacy of crises uncontained, violence unopposed, enemies unnamed, friends undefended, and alliances unraveling”.

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