Jeb Bush Takes another Step Forward

In a message posted on social media on Tuesday, Bush said he’s discussed his plans with his family.

“As a result of these conversations and thoughtful consideration of the kind of strong leadership I think America needs, I have decided to actively explore the possibility of running for President of the United States,” Bush said.

He added, “In the coming months, I hope to visit with many of you and have a conversation about restoring the promise of America.”

Kristy Campbell, a spokeswoman for Bush, said he has not yet made a final decision on whether to seek the Republican Party’s presidential nomination in 2016. She said Tuesday’s announcement marks the “next phase” of his consideration process.

She said he will now gauge “if there is support for a potential candidacy.”

That phase will include an expansion of Bush’s political operations. He said Tuesday he will start his own leadership political action committee in January, which will allow him to raise money and use it to support candidates in other races.

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