Jeb Bush: ‘I am a candidate for president of the United States’

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Florida Governor Jeb Bush

MIAMI — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush officially launched his bid Monday to be the GOP nominee for president in 2016, seeking to join his brother, President George W. Bush, and his father, President George H.W. Bush, in occupying the White House.

America is on a “very bad course,” Bush said at a campaign launch event in Miami on Monday. “And I have decided. I am a candidate for president of the United States.”

In explaining what he meant by a “very bad course,” Bush said Democrats are responsible for “the slowest economic recovery ever, the biggest debt increases ever, a massive tax increase on the middle class, the relentless buildup of the regulatory state, and the swift, mindless drawdown of a military that was generations in the making.”

Bush announced his exploratory committee six months ago. So far, 10 other Republicans have thrown their hats in the ring for the party’s nomination.

He’ll travel later this week to early voting states of New Hampshire, Iowa and South Carolina for the first time as a White House candidate, and will appears as a guest on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”

Both the Associated Press and CNN contributed to this report.

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