Jeb Bush 2016 presidential campaign

Bush Allies Threaten Wave of Harsh Attacks on Marco Rubio

Maggie Haberman and Michael Barbaro, The New York Times

Seething with anger and alarmed over Mr. Rubio’s rise, aides to Mr. Bush, the former Florida governor, and his allies are privately threatening a wave of scathing attacks on his former protégé in the coming weeks, in a sign of just how anxious they have become about the state of Mr. Bush’s candidacy.

The Not Ready for Prime Time Bush

Peggy Noonan, The Wall Street Journal

It‘s widely believed among high Jeb supporters that Mr. Trump—“The Gong Show,” as they call him—has kept Mr. Bush from rising. But Mr. Trump isn’t the problem, he was the revealer of the problem: Jeb just isn’t very good at this.

The Limits of Jeb Bush's Compassionate Conservatism

Peter Beinart, The Atlantic

If Jeb Bush wants to prove that he’s different from his brother, he has an odd way of showing it. In the video that accompanied Monday’s announcement that he’s running for president, Jeb declared that, “The barriers right now on people rising up is the great challenge of our time” and that “my core beliefs start with the premise that the most vulnerable in our society should be in the front of the line and not the back.” Sound familiar? It should. It mimics George W. Bush’s presidential announcement, right down to the mangled prepositions. 

Why Does Jeb Bush Want to Be President?

Jeet Heer, The New Republic

To work so hard for so elusive a goal, most candidates need the fuel of personal ambition combined with an ideological agenda. Bush seems to be lacking in both. Hillary Clinton hopes to break the ultimate glass ceiling, Senator Bernie Sanders to push the Democratic party to the left, Senator Rand Paul to re-orient the Republicans in a more libertarian direction, Senator Ted Cruz (among many others) to be the new Reagan. No such overarching fusion of personal and political destiny is evident in Jeb Bush. He’s running, it seems, because his wealthy supporters think that there is a vacuum in the GOP. 

Jeb Bush’s Surprising Struggle With Moderates

Nate Cohen, The New York Times

Jeb Bush has not won the invisible primary, the behind-the-scenes competition for elite support that often decides the nomination, and he has not even emerged as a favorite of the party’s large block of more moderate voters. He starts in a weaker position than not only his brother in 1999 or his father in 1987, but also Mitt Romney in 2011.

Jeb Bush’s Bizarre Group Therapy Campaign

Instead of assembling a political juggernaut that would crush all rivals, Jeb Bush has engaged for the past six months in a bizarre group therapy session with the American people and Republican primary election voters. We hope after his annoucement today Bush will stop torturing us with his insecurities about his family and his place in history and get down to explaining how someone with his positions and record plans to run a campaign on, as he put it “new leadership that takes conservative principles and applies them so that people can rise up.” 

Clinton vs. Bush Inspires Fear, Loathing

David Catanese, U.S. News & World Report

"Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush, on the key important issues, they are two peas in the same pod," Rush Limbaugh said on Dec. 17, the day after Bush signaled he would seriously explore a candidacy. He playfully and mischievously pitched that the two should run as a ticket, rather than as opponents.

Jeb Bush Calls For ‘New Leadership’ And ‘Conservative Principles’

Alex Pappas, The Daily Caller

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is calling for “new leadership that takes conservative principles and applies them so that people can rise up” as he enters the presidential race Monday.

Jeb Bush: Will his official White House bid boost a lackluster campaign?

Brad Knickerbocker, Christian Science Monitor

'To be successful I’m going to have to show my heart and tell my story,' he says. But as AP’s Steve Peoples and Julie Bykowicz put it: “He has failed to scare any potential rival from the race, except perhaps 2012 nominee Mitt Romney. He is unpopular among some of his party's most passionate voters and little known beyond his home state despite the Bush name.”

Jeb Bush: 'I'm kind of introverted'


Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush tells CNN's Dana Bash that he expects to make "slow, steady progress" in pulling ahead of crowded GOP field after he makes his candidacy official.

Jeb Bush Poised to Formally Join 2016 Campaign

Phillip Elliott, Time

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was supposed to assemble the strongest roster of aides and donors, spooking would-be rivals for the Republicans’ Presidential nomination from the race. His political machine was expected to have $100 million on the first day as a declared candidate. None of that has happened.

How Jeb Bush’s campaign ran off course before it even began

Ed O'Keefe and Robert Costa, The Washington Post

An overly optimistic, even haughty exploratory operation disjointed in message and approach, torn between factions and more haphazard than it appeared on the surface. Bush’s first six months as an all-but-declared candidate have been defined by a series of miscalculations, leaving his standing considerably diminished ahead of his formal entry into the race on Monday.

Jeb Bush won't attend the Iowa straw poll

The Week

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) has announced that he will attend a Republican primary event sponsored by conservative website RedState rather than this year's Iowa straw poll. The influential poll, sponsored by the state party, allows Iowa Republicans to express support for GOP presidential candidates before the actual caucuses take place.

Conservatives: Beware Of What Jeb Bush Didn’t Say At Liberty University

Even more troubling than Bush’s efforts to shoehorn “Earth Mother” environmentalism into the Gospel was his foray into trying to harmonize the plain language of the Bible and the timeless values of the Judeo-Christian tradition with the Left’s idea of an “evolving” Christian Church and faith.

A.B. Stoddard: Jeb Bush All Money No Mojo

A.B. Stoddard, The Hill

Four months into the 2016 presidential campaign, Jeb Bush has all the money and none of the mojo. Despite the financial juggernaut the former Florida governor has built — Bush said this week he had raised more than anyone else has at this point in a presidential campaign in history — he is failing to excite crowds, dominate polls or scare away competitors. Bush comes in second or third in most polls, and when he has ranked first it hasn’t been by much. 

Can Jeb survive in Iowa?

Jonathan Easley, The Hill

Iowa conservatives are skeptical of the likely candidate, given his support for immigration reform, his embrace of Common Core education standards and his friendliness with the GOP establishment. So Bush is planning a strategy to at least finish in the top three to show he can compete in a conservative state.


William Bigelow, Breitbart

A new Wall Street Journal/NBC poll reveals an opening for opponents of Hillary Clinton and jeb Bush in 2016: 51 percent of respondents see Clinton more as a return to the past than a candidate for the future and Bush had a higher percentage of unfavorable respondents, 34 percent, than favorable, at 23 percent.