Political life: Serving as governor of florida from 1999-2007, Jeb Bush was the only Republican
governor ever to win re-election in the sunshine state. Since then, he
has not stood for political office, pursuing his business interests
instead, and building the portfolio of his capital investment company.
Foreign policy: "We are not an equal partner in this so-called
community of nations. We are a leader among equals." Jeb has been
critical of President Obama for failing to fulfil his foreign policy
Climate change: "I think global warming may be real." Not a climate change denier, but a skeptic. He's been quiet on the issue of late.
Immigration: Jeb has argued in favour of immigration reform, saying
many who come to the US illegally do so as an "act of love" for their
families, and this should be treated as a "different kind of crime". His
wife, Columba Bush, is Mexican-born.
Domestic issues: Having pioneered education reform in Florida, Jeb established a national foundation for excellence in education.
His support of "common core" education standards for schools sets him
apart from many Republicans. His stance on gay marriage is unclear - he
supports "traditional marriage" but favours "recognition" for same-sex
couples. On abortion, he is known to be pro-life.
Today’s announcement is a strong signal of Jeb’s intention to run for the Republican nomination, and he will be hoping donors respond. It is estimated he’ll need to raise around USD $20m just to stand a chance in the primary race, where other likely candidates include Chris Christie, Rand Paul, and Ted Cruz.