Jeb Bush vows Washington culture shake-up

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Posted: Jul 20, 2015 9:39 AM

(Reuters) - U.S. Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush will vow on Monday to shake up Washington's culture if he reaches the White House, saying an "era of excuses" in the nation's capital must end.

Bush plans to say in a speech in Tallahassee, Florida, that he wants to reduce U.S. government debt, spark higher economic growth, cut spending and tackle other problems, such as the number of people on the federal payroll.

"It will not be my intention to preside over the establishment, but in every way I know to disrupt that establishment and make it accountable to the people," the former Florida governor said in excerpts released by his campaign.

Bush, whose father and brother both served as U.S. president, has been eager to avoid appearing as if he is a creature of Washington or part of a political dynasty.

He has pointed to his record in Florida to cast himself as a reformer and to separate himself from the pack of Republicans seeking the party's nomination for president in the November 2016 election.

On Monday, Bush will say Floridians called their capital "Mount Tallahassee," before he took over as governor, because its leaders held themselves apart from their constituents. He said the problems in Washington were similar and would be unacceptable if he were president.

(Reporting by Emily Stephenson)