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Decision Day Approaches For Jeb

Jeb Bush. Photo: Matthew Peddie / WMFE

Jeb Bush. Photo: Matthew Peddie / WMFE

Jeb Bush looks set to formally announce his presidential campaign. The former governor of Florida says he’ll make an announcement on June 15th.

Bush told reporters at an economic summit in Orlando this week he was close to making a decision, and on his Twitter feed Thursday he posted that he’ll make a ‘big announcement’ in Miami.

Adam Goodman, a G.O.P. strategist and president of the Victory Group in Tampa, said the timing makes sense, as the first Republican debate is set for August.

“It is no surprise, in this case, Governor Bush has an incredible record of achievement to talk about and now he can do it more openly and fully than he can under the constrictions of a non-campaign campaign,” said Goodman.

That non-campaign campaign has allowed Bush to raise money through his super pac Right To Rise, without certain donation limits.

He’ll be up against his former protégé, Senator Marco Rubio in the battle for the Republican nomination.

“As people have to, you might say choose up between two very very good people, I think the advantage certainly is with Jeb because he’s been there longer and done more to earn it,” said Goodman.

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry is the latest to officially declare his candidacy in a crowded Republican primary field.


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About Matthew Peddie

Host of WMFE's Intersection & Assistant News Director

Matthew Peddie grew up in New Zealand and studied journalism at the University of Western Ontario. After graduating with an MA in Journalism he returned to Christchurch, working as a reporter for Radio Live and Radio New Zealand. He’s reported live from the scene of earthquakes, criminal trials and rugby ... Read Full Bio »