Illustration: Mark Marturello/The Des Moines Register
BORN: February 11, 1953 in Midland, Texas
What he’s got: Executive experience and a substantial conservative governing record as two-term Florida governor from 1999 to 2007; high national name recognition; a broad and deep donor network; establishment support up the wazoo; has general election appeal thanks to two terms as a popular governor in Florida, the nation’s largest swing state; support for easing immigration laws and his fluency in Spanish (his wife of more than 40 years is a Mexican-American) may help Republicans reach out to Hispanic voters.
What he lacks: Demonstrated ability to handle deftly questions about his relationship with his older brother’s record and legacy; an organic connection with many factions of the party he hopes to lead; a passionate following within any faction of the party, aside from the donor class; polling strength (especially in the early states) commensurate with his fundraising prowess; consistent ability to deliver a roof-raising speech from a prepared text; appeal as an avatar of next-generation Republicanism; experience in the political trenches during the Obama/Tea Party era.
Jeb Bush Jokes About Talking To Reporters
Jeb Bush jokes with reporters on the campaign trail and assures them he won't go into hiding anytime soon.
“How you get on welfare is by not having a husband in the house—let's be honest here.”
“Yes, they broke the law, but it’s not a felony. It’s an act of love. It’s an act of commitment to your family.”
“We now have a humanitarian crisis on our southern border that demands strong leadership that respects the rule of law.”
“I’m my own man.”
“The most fruitful efforts for peace come in moments when America’s word is trusted and America’s commitment is certain.”
There is only one photo from Jeb and Columba’s wedding because his brother Marvin rerolled from a Frank Zappa concert.
Met Jeb while he was on a high school exchange program in Ibarrilla, a village outside of her hometown, León, Mexico.
Created the Arts for Life Award, a $2,000 scholarship awarded each year to 25 students who excel and pursue a higher education in the arts.
George P. Bush, Son
Noelle Bush, Daughter
John Ellis Bush, Jr., Son
George H.W. Bush, Father
Barbara Bush, Mother
George W. Bush, Brother
Neil Bush, Brother
Marvin Bush, Brother
Dorothy Bush Koch, Sister
Robin Bush, Sister (1949-1953)