Jeb Bush officially announces 2016 US presidential bid on `optimistic` note

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush

London, June 16: Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, the son of former President George H W Bush and the brother of former President George W Bush, has officially announced his presidential bid for the 2016 election.

Jeb Bush striked an optimistic note by vowing to make the coming decades in the United States ‘the greatest time ever to be alive in this world’.

According to BBC report, the former Florida Governor chose to take the focus off his surname, which is seen by many as a political liability, and promised to “run with heart” and “take nothing and no one for granted.”

Addressing a gathering of supporters in his hometown of Miami, Bush hit out at President Barack Obama’s immigration reforms and also spelled out his foreign policy stances by denouncing his overtures towards Cuba.

Jeb Bush also asserted his determination to rebuild US’s ‘vital friendships,’ starting with ‘the brave democratic state of Israel.’

Much of his speech was dedicated towards his record as the former governor of Florida, during which the state witnessed strong economic growth.

Earlier on June 14, United States Democratic Party front-runner Hillary Clinton also addressed her first major political rally at Roosevelt Island in her bid to be president in 2016.

Outlining her key policies in a speech to thousands of supporters, Hillary Clinton had pledged to support working families, saying: “America can’t succeed unless you succeed.”

She promised to make the economy work for everyday Americans, not just those at the top if elected president next year.

Hillary said prosperity can’t be just for CEOs and hedge fund managers; democracy can’t be just for billionaires and corporations.

(With Agency Inputs)

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