Jeb Bush, Rick Perry throw their hats into the ring for US Repub­li­can pri­mary

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL - BY MICHAEL MATHES

For­mer Florida Gov. Jeb Bush ap­peared all but cer­tain Thurs­day to launch his White House bid on June 15, as fel­low Repub­li­can Party big cheese and for­mer Texas Gov. Rick Perry plunged once again into a crowded pres­i­den­tial pool.

“Hope you all will join me for a spe­cial day,” Bush, the son and brother of two U. S. pres­i­dents, posted on Twit­ter, with a graphic show­ing the date 6.15.15.

The 62- year- old will make his much- an­tic­i­pated an­nounce­ment at Miami- Dade Col­lege’s Ken­dall cam­pus, fol­low­ing a trip next week to Ger­many, Poland and Es­to­nia.

He also tweeted his mes­sage in Span­ish, a re­minder that Bush is flu­ent in the lan­guage of his Mex­i­can- born wife and of mil­lions of His­panic Amer­i­can vot­ers.

Bush, a for­mer two- term Florida gover­nor who has amassed a sub­stan­tial war chest in the months since ex­press­ing in­ter­est in fol­low­ing fa­ther Ge­orge H. W. Bush and brother Ge­orge W. Bush into the White House, would en­ter an in­creas­ingly packed GOP field.

Perry, who kicked off his sec­ond pres­i­den­tial bid in four years on Thurs­day by at­tack­ing “the ar­ro­gance of Wash­ing­ton,” is the 10th Repub­li­can to for­mally en­ter the 2016 race.

He joins the likes of U. S. Sen­a­tors Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Ru­bio, and for­mer Hewlett- Packard boss Carly Fio­r­ina.

Hil­lary Clin­ton is the fron­trun­ner on the rul­ing Demo­cratic Party side, with no cur­rent close com­pe­ti­tion.

The Repub­li­can field is more wide open, with some 16 pos­si­ble ma­jor can­di­dates. Five are bunched at the top of a re­cent Quin­nip­iac Uni­ver­sity poll with 10 per­cent sup­port each, in­clud­ing Bush and con­ser­va­tive Wis­con­sin Gov. Scott Walker, who has yet to an­nounce his can­di­dacy.

On Thurs­day the con­ser­va­tive Perry, 65, ditched his rebel- in­cow­boy- boots look from his dis­as­trous 2012 pres­i­den­tial bid in fa­vor of a slick dark suit and his now- familiar book­ish glasses, strik­ing a tone al­ter­nat­ing be­tween op­ti­mism about Amer­ica’s econ­omy and worry about the state of the world.

“We have the power to make things new again, to project Amer­ica’s strength again and to get our econ­omy go­ing again. And that is ex­actly why to­day I am run­ning for the pres­i­dency of the United States of Amer­ica,” he told a crowd in an air­plane hanger near Dal­las, Texas.

He slammed Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s two terms as “an era of failed lead­er­ship,” say­ing the com­man­der in chief’s gravest mis­take was pulling U. S. troops out of Iraq.

He is­sued grave warn­ings about a du­plic­i­tous Iran and Obama’s ne­go­ti­a­tions with the Is­lamic repub­lic to rein in its nu­clear pro­gram.

“My very first act as pres­i­dent will be to re­scind any agree­ment with Iran that le­git­imizes their quest to get a nu­clear weapon,” Perry said.

He also talked up his 15- year ex­pe­ri­ence run­ning Texas, in­sist­ing he was tested in lead­ing “the world’s 12th largest econ­omy.”

“Lead­er­ship is not a speech on the Se­nate floor,” he sniped, in a dig at sev­eral of his nom­i­na­tion ri­vals.

“And we will not find the kind of lead­er­ship needed to re­vi­tal­ize the coun­try by look­ing to the po­lit­i­cal class in Wash­ing­ton.”

Perry, the long­est- serv­ing gover­nor in Texas his­tory, was mocked in 2012 for what be­came known as his “oops” mo­ment, when he for­got one of the three gov­ern­ment agen­cies he promised to elim­i­nate if he be­came pres­i­dent.

AP

For­mer Texas Gov. Rick Perry gives a thumbs-up to sup­port­ers af­ter an­nounc­ing the launch of his pres­i­den­tial cam­paign for the 2016 elec­tions, in Ad­di­son, Texas on Thurs­day, June 4.

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