Jeb Bush

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Jeb Bush served as Republican governor of Florida from 1999 to 2007. A native of Texas, he is the son of one former president (George H.W. Bush) and the brother of another (George W. Bush.)

As governor, he made education a focus of his administration, and he has been a strong supporter of the Common Core State Standards. This new set of educational standards has been adopted by many states, but has also attracted broad criticism. 

Before entering politics, Bush worked as a real estate developer.

Jeb Bush went straight to New Hampshire after Wednesday night's Republican debate. That's where the former Florida governor needs a strong showing if he is to remain a contender for his party's nomination and where he's now working to reignite a campaign seen as sputtering.

The large sign that hung above Jeb Bush's head during his New Hampshire campaign stops read "Jeb Can Fix it." It was intended to refer to Washington, but to GOP voters like Larry Eller, who turned out to see Bush at a Geno's Chowder Shop in Portsmouth, the first thing Bush needs to fix is how he's campaigned.

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It's one of the more, shall we say, parochial questions presidential candidates have faced on the campaign trail this year: What do you think of the proposed gas pipeline that may be routed through New Hampshire?

The pipeline is officially known as the Northeast Energy Direct Project.  And the question of whether it should run through the southern part of the state has been posed to a number of both Republicans and Democrats, including Jeb Bush. 

Republicans in Congress and on the campaign trail call for an Obamacare repeal all the time. Plans to replace it are rarer, though. Obamacare is a fantastically complicated policy, and overhauling the health care system would likewise be a complicated business, affecting not only government spending and the economy, but people's very lives on an intensely personal level.

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Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush told an audience at St. Anselm College  he'd use tax credits to help people purchase insurance and eliminate mandates created by the Affordable Care Act.

Jeb Bush derided the sweeping health care law act as written "by special interests for special interests," and said reducing federal control over the health care system would lower health care costs and encourage local innovation.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's energy levels have been an ongoing topic of conversation during the presidential campaign — probably much more than Bush would prefer.

Rival Donald Trump has repeatedly needled Bush for bringing a "low energy" to the campaign trail, even posting a fake advertisement on Instragram offering Bush as a sleeping aide.

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History suggests a strong finish in the New Hampshire primary – first or second place -- is mandatory for anyone who wants to become president. History also shows New Hampshire can be tough terrain for frontrunners, or candidates who enter the race perceived that way. Such are a few of the challenges facing former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at this stage in the First in the Nation primary. 


This story was updated on Wednesday, September 9, at 5:30 PM with an estimate of the plan's revenue effects and a table of its tax brackets.

Jeb Bush's tax plan tries to do a lot. The plan aims to lower the highest tax rate, offer some relief to low earners, reform corporate taxes, stick it to hedge-fund managers and also, by the way, "unleash 4 percent growth" in the economy, as the former Florida governor puts it.

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Republican Jeb Bush was back in New Hampshire Thursday. The former Florida governor used a stop at Foss Manufacturing in Hampton to go after GOP rival Donald Trump.  Trump, of course, has been deriding Bush for weeks, but criticism of Trump – at least for now -- is a central message of Bush’s campaign.

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Republican presidential contender Jeb Bush is defending his use of the term "anchor babies" on a talk radio show to describe children born to immigrants living illegally in the United States.

He says he supports the concept of birthright citizenship.

Asked by reporters Thursday if he thinks the term is offensive, Bush simply said "no." He became defensive when pressed, saying "you give me a better term and I'll use it."

Bush's comments come as Donald Trump, who is leading the GOP field, is calling for an end to birthright citizenship.

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Six GOP presidential candidates visited Londonderry High School Wednesday for a forum on K-12 education. The Republicans largely agreed that federal bureaucracy is behind many of the problems in public education and that more school choice is the solution.

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The heavily funded super PAC backing Republican Jeb Bush will spend at least $10 million on television time in the earliest voting presidential primary states, the first salvo in a massive TV ad campaign to support the former Florida governor’s bid for the Republican nomination.

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Campaigning in Seabrook, Republican Jeb Bush says he did fine in Thursday’s GOP presidential debate. But Bush also appeared to have his reservations about the FOX News debate.

Jeb Bush is trying to be a straight-talking candidate. He even has a new hashtag — #JebNoFilter — and videos of him expounding on things from hoodies to Sharknado 3.

But that #NoFilter style is getting him in trouble on the GOP campaign trail.

On Tuesday, Bush had the third major gaffe of his campaign so far. Speaking to a Southern Baptist gathering in Nashville, Tenn., Bush was talking about defunding Planned Parenthood in the wake of videos that allegedly show the sale of fetal tissue after abortions.

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Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush campaigned in the North Country yesterday. Bush is the first major GOP candidate to log any time north of the notches. While there, the former Florida Governor spent the day casting himself as a politician willing to seek solutions to tough issues.

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush headlined a forum Wednesday night sponsored by Americans For Prosperity, a conservative advocacy group based in Washington.

The discussion was part of a year-long series hosted by AFP called "Road to Reform," focusing on reforming the federal government by reducing spending.  

Before the event, Bush mingled with the crowd, fielding questions about the health of his 91-year-old father who fell last week to voters who in the past had hosted his parents and brother at their homes. 

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Republican Jeb Bush spent his first full day as an official presidential candidate in New Hampshire on Tuesday. The former Florida governor used a Derry town hall meeting to stress his executive experience.

Bush told a crowd of several hundred voters at the Derry Opera House that if he were president he’d  fix a “few big things:" the tax code,  the entitlement system, and the economy.  Bush also took a swipe at rivals who he says may talk better than he does, but haven't gotten things done.

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Democrat Hillary Clinton has been a presidential candidate since April, but she held what was billed as a campaign kickoff rally this weekend in New York City. Now she’s holding launch parties in early voting states – she was in Iowa Sunday, and Monday she’s holding a forum on early childhood education in Rochester before rallying supporters at Carter Hill Orchard in Concord.

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will visit New Hampshire the day after he plans to announce his 2016 presidential campaign.

Bush's campaign aides say he'll announce his run for the Republican nomination on June 15 at Miami Dade College in Florida. His website says he will travel to New Hampshire the next morning for an event at the Adams Memorial Opera House in Derry.

Bush's visit will come a day after Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton will be in New Hampshire — home of the first presidential primary.

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Republican Jeb Bush is back in New Hampshire.

The likely presidential candidate told an audience in Bedford that the GOP field has a lot of talkers but he’s delivered results.

At the Bedford home of BAE Systems executive and former Republican Congressional candidate Rich Ashooh, Bush stressed his efforts to bring greater choice and accountability to Florida’s education system as that state’s governor, telling voters it was emblematic of his approach to leadership.

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Several high-profile presidential hopefuls are headed to New Hampshire this week, including Republican Chris Christie. The New Jersey Governor is giving a foreign policy speech in Portsmouth at noon Monday and is set to hold a town hall meeting in Hudson later in the afternoon.

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush will be back in the state Wednesday and Thursday for a house party in Bedford and several business-themed events.

On Friday, it’s Democrat Hillary Clinton, who will make her first New Hampshire visit since holding roundtable discussions in Keene and Concord in April.

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Jeb Bush headlined Politics and Eggs this morning at St. Anselm College in Manchester. During the former Florida Governor's two-day trip to the Granite State, he also attended a Politics and Pie in Concord Thursday.

Bush says if elected President he would fix the country's "troubled" education system, strengthen relationships with our allies abroad and do a better job of controlling the border while streamlining legal immigration. Bush also told the crowd that besides the country's current shortfalls, he is optimistic but calls for immediate change.

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Hillary Clinton made it official yesterday – she’s running for president. There’s no shortage of coverage of that on our air – and everywhere else this morning. But I want to talk to you about what it all means for New Hampshire.

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Potential presidential candidates will be flooding into the Granite State this week, with nearly 20 GOP White House hopefuls expected to attend a Republican Leadership Summit in Nashua over the weekend.

Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Marco Rubio and Rick Perry are just a few of the likely candidates slated to speak at the Nashua Crown Plaza Hotel for the First of the Nation Summit. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, who are the only official candidates so far in the race, are also scheduled.

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Lots of political activity over the weekend Jeb Bush, Scott Walker and Ted Cruz all paying their respects to local Republicans. House budget writers busy. Let’s start with presidential politics.

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Easygoing amid a swarm of media, the former Florida Governor chose a Hudson biotech firm for his first  N.H. stop in his likely presidential bid.

"I am joyfully pursuing the possibility of this," Bush said.

Along they way, Bush talked policy with members of the Nashua Chamber of Commerce. He faced questions on education and immigration, areas where his views are at odds with many conservatives in his party.

The  “grown up” approach to immigration policy, Bush told the crowd,  is to provide  undocumented immigrants a path to legal status.

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The New Hampshire Primary is starting to heat up, with several prominent Republican presidential hopefuls expected in the Granite State this weekend.

NHPR’s Morning Edition producer Michael Brindley sat down with Dante Scala, an associate professor of political science at the University of New Hampshire.

A flood of potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates will be coming through the state this weekend. Can you just run through the list of who we’re going to see?