White House Watch: Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush (Ken Borland/CNN)

At last we come to John Ellis Bush for SFGN’s weekly White House Watch. The 43rd Governor of the State of Florida and, arguably, a leader in the Republican Party’s nominating process for the U.S. Presidency, has yet to officially declare his candidacy.

Bush is running his political operations via the political action committee, Right To Rise. On its website, the PAC states it passionately believes “to move up the economic ladder based on merit, hard work and earned success – is the central moral promise of American economic life. We are optimists who believe that America’s opportunities have never been greater than they are right now. But we know America is falling short of its promise.”

Bush comes from a family of leaders. His father, George Herbert Walker Bush served as the 41st President of the United States and his brother, George W. Bush served two terms as the nation’s 43rd President. Jeb’s mother, Barbara, publicly raised the question if America was full of Bush. “There are other people out there that are very qualified and we’ve had enough Bushes.”

Barbara Bush’s comment was in the summer of 2013 at the George W. Bush Presidential Library in Dallas. Two years later, Jeb Bush is refusing to throw in the towel.

On LGBT issues, Jeb Bush expressed support for both sides of the marriage equality debate in Florida. He has demonstrated inclusion by hiring an openly gay man, Tim Miller, to work campaign communications and as Florida Governor, Bush appointed LGBT people to judicial posts. He lives in Miami with his wife Columba. Together, they have three grown children and three grandchildren.

This past weekend Bush took a tougher stance against same-sex marriage telling the Christian Broadcasting Network: “To imagine how we are going to succeed in our country unless we have committed family life, committed child-centered family system, is hard to imagine. We need to be stalwart supporters of traditional marriage.”


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