It’s confirmed! Jeb Bush has kept his supporters waiting long enough! The former Florida Governor officially announced on June 15 that he is running for President in the 2016 Election.
It was the worst kept secret in politics: Jeb Bush, 62, will run in the 2016 Presidential Election. The former governor of Florida — and son and brother to George H. W. Bush, 91, and George W. Bush, 68, respectively — will now try and become the third member of his family to move into the White House.
Jeb finally made the formal announcement of his campaign on June 15, reports Business Insider. His website confirmed his announcement hours before he spoke to supporters at Miami-Dade Community College.
While speaking, Jeb championed his tenure as Florida’s Governor — from 1998-2007 — as why he would make a great President. Jeb told his supporters that, while he was governor, “we made Florida number one in job creation and number one in small business creation. 1.3 million new jobs, 4.4 percent growth, higher family income, eight balanced budgets, and tax cuts eight years in a row that saved our people and businesses 19 billion dollars.”
In a video, posted to his official YouTube account, Jeb said that “so many people could do so much better if we fixed a few things” and that “the most vulnerable in our society should be in the front of the line and not the back.”
Jeb’s announcement is not a big surprise, as he’s been teasing his run and unofficially campaigning for months. His team is well on the way to raising $100 million dollars to help finance his campaign, reports the BBC.
However, Jeb might be facing an uphill battle. Just five minutes after the former Governor officially announced his candidacy, the Twitter hastag #NoMoreBushes started trending nationwide. Uh-oh! Good luck, Jeb!
The 2016 Presidential Candidates (So Far)
Jeb’s announcement throws him into a huge pool of Republican candidates already running for president: former Senator Rick Santorum is running, as are former Governors Mike Huckabee, George Pataki, and Rick Perry. Plus current Senators Rand Paul, Lindsey Graham, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz will run in 2016. Carly Fiorina and Ben Carson also announced they’re in the race. On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton is in the race, along with Senator Bernie Sanders and both former governors Lincoln Chafee and Martin O’Malley. Oh, don’t forget, Waka Flocka Flame‘s running for president, too!
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— Jason Brow