Jeb Bush To Officially Announce Run For President Monday

Posted: Jun 15, 2015 7:45 AM

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush will officially announce he is running for President of the United States during an event in Miami today. 

Over the weekend Bush released his campaign logo and his campaign released an announcement video this morning titled "Greatest Century."

"I see a country on the verge of it's greatest century and I'm ready to lead," Bush says.

A series of Jeb 2016 videos were also released over the weekend on a variety of topics.

Recent CNN polling shows Bush just behind Florida Senator Marco Rubio on the GOP side. In a match up with Democrat Hillary Clinton, Bush currently loses by 7 points.

Sen. Marco Rubio sits atop a jumbled 2016 GOP presidential field in a new poll on the race, with fellow Floridian and former Gov. Jeb Bush close behind but with less support than about a month ago.

Mr. Rubio was the first choice of 14 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents in the CNN/ORC poll, with Mr. Bush at 13 percent.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker were next at 10 percent, followed by Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky at 8 percent.

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson was at 7 percent, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry was at 5 percent, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was at 4 percent.

So far in the 2016 race for the White House, Bush has been the most successful at raking in cash for his campaign ahead of the announcement. Bush has raised significant amounts of cash that could put prior fundraising records from President Obama and Mitt Romney to shame.

People familiar with Bush’s fundraising said his Right to Rise super PAC had raised close to $90 million by spring, putting it on a pace to crush existing records. For example, Mitt Romney raised just over $20 million during the first half of 2011, much lower than the $50 million his strategists had hoped to pull in. And President Barack Obama raised $86 million when he ran for reelection. Hillary Clinton, who has focused on just raising primary money in $2,700 increments for her 2016 bid, is expected to report a significantly smaller haul.