MIAMI — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush entered the 2016 presidential campaign on Monday with a rally and speech at Miami Dade College, joining 10 other Republicans already in the race for the party’s nomination.
Bush says America is on a “very bad course” and that he has decided what he is going to do about it. In a speech Monday afternoon in Miami, the former Florida governor says, “I am a candidate for president of the United States.”
Bush gets into the race six months after saying he was considering a campaign. In his kickoff speech, he says Democrats are responsible for, quote, “the slowest economic recovery ever, the biggest debt increases ever, a massive tax increase on the middle class, the relentless buildup of the regulatory state, and the swift, mindless drawdown of a military that was generations in the making.”
Bush says he is “not eager to see what another four years would look like under that kind of leadership.”
The son and brother of former presidents, Bush is launching his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination at Miami Dade College.
He’ll travel later this week to early voting states of New Hampshire, Iowa and South Carolina for the first time as a White House candidate, and will appears as a guest on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”