Jeb Bush will formally launch his 2016 White House bid on Monday searching for momentum to break out of a crowded field for the Republican presidential nomination, but expecting a long battle ahead.
The 62-year-old former Florida governor will make his announcement in a 3 p.m. EDT (1900 GMT) speech at Miami-Dade College, a school whose multicultural student population was chosen to emphasis Bush’s commitment to trying to expand the appeal of the white-dominated Republican Party.
In his speech and in subsequent campaign stops in New Hampshire, Iowa and South Carolina this week, Bush will say he would make it a top priority to generate higher growth in the U.S. economy and create as many as 19 million jobs, according to a memo prepared by the Bush team for his supporters to use as talking points.
He will also stress the need for “a stronger American place in the world,” according to the memo, seen by Reuters.
“Our enemies no longer fear us, and our friends no longer trust us. It’s time we re-engage and stand with our allies,” the memo said.
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