Jeb Bush Gives Up On White House Race, Suspends Campaign
BEVERLY HILLS, February 21, (THEWILL) – Former Governor Jeb Bush has suspended his campaign, ending a quest for the White House, after disappointing finishes in the first three contests of the 2016 election cycle.
Jeb Bush dropped out of the presidential race without much results in spite of a war chest of $100 million, a famous family name and heritage, and a promise of political civility.
“I'm proud of the campaign that we've run to unify our country,” Mr. Bush said, in an emotional speech after his third straight disappointing finish in the Republican's primaries.
“The people of Iowa and New Hampshire and South Carolina have spoken, and I really respect their decision.”
Mr. Bush, 63, a former two-term governor of Florida and successful business executive, had turned his family name and time as governor into a lucrative network of companies and consulting contracts, amassing a net worth in the tens of millions of dollars.
He was originally uninterested in the race because of the scrutiny that a presidential run would invite but was convinced by old friends and a powerful network of Bush donors who pleaded with him to become a candidate, assuring him they would raise the required money.
The group raised more than $100 million for his cause, contributing to the campaign's air of confidence and strength.
He promised to campaign as his “own man,” first trying to distance himself from his family and later extolling his mother, father and brother at every turn. When he rolled out a list of foreign-policy advisers, they largely hailed from previous Bush administrations.
Bush was however unable to keep up with other contestants such as Donald Trump and was even overtaken by his former political protégé, Senator Marco
Rubio, whose career he had nurtured in Florida.
Jeb Bush is out, leaving everyone wondering who his supporters might vote for instead.
Story by David Oputah