Jeb Bush to Launch White House Bid June 15
Jeb Bush will formally launch his 2016 presidential bid on June 15, according to his website.
The former Florida governor posted a “coming soon” message in English and Spanish on Twitter that links to www.jebannouncement.com, which reads at the bottom: “Paid for by Jeb 2016, Inc.” Bush will make the announcement at an athletic facility at Miami Dade College’s Kendall campus.
The brother of the 43rd president and son of the 41st has spent the last six months flirting with a presidential run, meeting with voters in early primary states and actively courting GOP donors to position himself as the race’s frontrunner.
According to the RealClearPolitics polling average, Bush holds a slight lead among the Republican field, with 13.2 percent support. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio are close behind with 12.5 and 12 percent, respectively.
Bush, 62, joins the dozen or so other GOP candidates who are already declared or strongly considering an Oval Office bid, while the Democrats have just four declared candidates so far.
Some have raised questions about the legality of Bush “testing the waters” over the past six months. Two watchdog groups wrote a letter last week to the Department of Justice asking the attorney general to investigate possible campaign finance violations. The groups allege that Bush has been intentionally delaying an official declaration of candidacy, allowing him to use his super PAC, Right to Rise, to solicit unlimited, undisclosed donations to be used for a future campaign operation.
A Bush spokesperson told RealClearPolitics the governor is “full complying with the law” in all of his political activities and will continue to do so. Appearing on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Bush said he would “never” violate the law.
A new CNN/ORC poll released this week could signal trouble for Bush, as he continues to face questions about the unpopular Iraq War, which was initiated under his brother’s watch. The survey found that 56 percent of Americans say Bush’s connection to his brother and father would deter them from supporting him in 2016.
Bush’s formal entrance into the presidential race will come just two days after Hillary Clinton, the Democratic frontrunner, plans to hold her first official rally in New York.