Jeb Bush to 'fix Washington' as he reveals White House bid
Former Florida governor Jeb Bush began his US presidential bid last night with a vow to fix a dysfunctional Washington and "get events in the world moving our way again".
In excerpts from a speech he will deliver in Miami to announce his candidacy, Republican Bush said: "I will take nothing and no one for granted. I will run with heart."
Son of one president and brother of another, Bush is searching for momentum to break out of a crowded field for the Republican presidential nomination to run in the November 2016 election.
Bush (62) presented himself as an anti-Washington figure with a can-do spirit, ready to apply conservative principles that he said he used in Florida. Bush is only the latest candidate to paint himself as a Washington outsider and blame government for America's problems.
"We will take Washington - the static capital of this dynamic country - out of the business of causing problems," he said. "We will get back on the side of free enterprise and free people. I know we can fix this. Because I've done it."
Bush made his announcement at Miami-Dade College, a school whose multicultural student population was chosen to emphasise Bush's commitment to trying to expand the appeal of the white-dominated Republican Party.
In his Miami speech and in subsequent campaign stops in New Hampshire, Iowa and South Carolina this week, Bush said he will make it a top priority to generate higher growth in the economy and create as many as 19 million jobs.
Bush, who is fluent in Spanish, is attempting to attract more Hispanics which experts believe is key to a Republican winning the White House.
"I will campaign as I would serve, going everywhere, speaking to everyone, keeping my word, facing the issues without flinching, and staying true to what I believe," he said.
Bush filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to run, the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday.
Bush is joining a field where there are already 10 candidates who have declared their intention to run.