Jeb Bush is anticipated on Monday to formally kick off his candidacy for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.
Bush is scheduled to deliver a campaign-launch speech at a rally in Miami this afternoon. Bush has actually been a presumptive candidate for months — if not years — and his official entry into the crowded GOP field is mostly a legal formality.
The former Florida governor has been delivering speeches and elaborating his policy stances for some time, including just last month before an audience of state Republican politicians, activists and money people at a fundraiser in Nashville.
In his address to the 2015 “Statesmen’s Dinner” audience on May 30, Bush touted his “conservative” prescriptions for a post-Obama America.
The pillars of Bush’s platform that he outlined call for greater input from American business and industry in developing and enforcing federal economic and environmental regulations, and greater American military and diplomatic involvement in regional conflicts around the globe.
“Under the Obama administration, you can count on a single hand the number of people that actually have practical business experience,” Bush said. “They consider it a conflict when they put people in positions where the regulations take place. It’s a conflict if you actually have subject-matter expertise.
“The next president of the United States is going to have to reverse this trend of political hacks and academics, through executive orders and through hyper-regulation, trying to change our country,” he continued. “It is to restore a proper balance of government that you bring men and women that have business experience so that we can create the field of dreams again, where there’s more prosperity for more people, and less demands on government.”
Bush promised that if elected he’ll “apply conservative principles at home” which translates into efforts to “fix our tax system,” reboot the nation’s energy policy “so that we create high-wage jobs,” and decentralize education policy decisions. Education is “definitely a local and state prerogative,” said Bush, who is a strong proponent of school choice initiatives.
On the foreign policy front, Bush presented himself as a champion of military intervention — and Obama, as something an isolationist. “This president is the first president in the post World War II era that does not believe America’s power in the world, America’s presence in the world is a force for good,” he said.
Bush tied the United States taking a more aggressive role in overseas hotspots with economic expansion on the home front. “Our economy won’t grow over the long haul unless we participate in the world again,” said Bush.
He added, “Who is going to take care of the persecuted Christians and Jews all around the world? Who is going to create a stable world?”
In Bush’s estimation, a “conservative foreign policy” means “rebuilding” the military, which is a priority and vision he lauded Tennessee’s “great senators,” Republicans Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander, for sharing.
“As we see the unraveling take place, whether it’s ISIS on the march in Syria and Iraq, or the Chinese building an artificial island 600 miles off their shore, or the Russians invading their neighborhood, we’re seeing the world unravel because America’s presence in the world is not there,” declared Bush. “And when we lead from behind — which is a term that seems so un-American to me — when we lead from behind, we leave behind our credibility. We leave behind our blood and treasure. We leave behind our friends. And we leave behind our security. We should never lead from behind. We should lead as we always have, because that is the way you create a more peaceful world. And that is how we can grow our economy so the middle can rise and people in poverty can be lifted up.”