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Jeb Bush unveils new video and campaign logo

 A few moments ago, the Jeb Bush 2016 presidential campaign released a new video and a new, but familiar logo for the campaign.  The "Make a Difference" release and video is the firing of the starting gun for Bush's bid to become the third member of his family to occupy the White House. Bush makes his formal announcement tomorrow in Miami. Crowley Political Report with be there.

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Miami, FL - Today, Governor Bush released a new web video, “Making a Difference,” introducing himself to the nation ahead of his announcement on Monday. The video highlights the impact Jeb Bush had on the lives of countless Floridians as Governor of Florida.  

 Drawing on first person accounts, the video tells the story of someone who cares deeply about helping people and getting results that allow everyone the opportunity to achieve their dreams.

 “Making A Difference” shows that Jeb Bush knows how to fix the problems facing Americans, because he’s done it. 

 “He really cares about us. He really cares about people with developmental disabilities, and with all disabilities. There are people today that are getting services because of what Jeb did,” said Berthy De La Rosa-Aponte.

 Kim Donatelle echoed Aponte’s sentiment, “I think Governor Bush changed a lot of lives in Florida. I am very grateful that he was our Governor.”

 "I said I was going to do these things and I did them, and the result was Florida is a lot better off," says Governor Bush in the video. Leadership is not about "yapping about things…what we need is new leadership that takes conservative principles and applies them so that people can rise up.”





Denisha Merriweather (Jacksonville, FL): My mom, my brother, and my uncle all dropped out of school, by the time I was in the third grade I had failed twice.


Miguel Manrara (Miramar, FL): My first job was picking up garbage and cardboard so I could have some money to feed, to help feed my family, my mother, my father.

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Marco Rubio rapid response video aimed at Hillary Clinton speech

One thing you have to credit Marco Rubio campaign team is for its speed. Shortly after Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spoke today, the Republican candidate had this video in response. 

Let's note that while it is a direct shot at Clinton, you could argue that Republican Jeb Bush gets hit by the ricochet.


Jeb Bush launches new campaign ad



 We get a hint of what the start of Jeb Bush's presidential campaign will look like from this video the former Florida governor launched today.

Note that the ad is dubbed Today and Tomorrow. It certainly suggests that Bush is not about to cede any ground to fellow Florida Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio. 

Rubio has sharply divided the race between old-hands, who he is portraying as out-of-touch with the 21st Century, and the younger generation of politicians who Rubio claims are better prepared to deal with life's new realities.

In Bush's campaign video, coming just ahead of his formal campaign announcement on Monday, he is shown campaigning in Iowa and New Hampshire. Oops, not campaigning - exploring. He quickly shifts to a wedding photo of Bush and his wife Columba.

He than brags about his achievements as Florida's governor before switching to a brief look at the future.



Jeb Bush did it before will he do it again

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No we're talking about the Oak Ridge Boys who often serenaded Jeb Bush supporters with "Elvira." It would not be surprising to find them on stage Monday as the former Florida governor launches his 2016 presidential campaign.

The real question is - will the Bush campaign bring back !

Yup, the exclamation point. It was a staple of Bush's earlier campaigns.


So Crowley Political Report reached out to a well-placed Bush source with perhaps the most important question of the campaign - is the ! back?

These are not the kinds of things that a campaign takes lightly. We're already seen a misstep with the reaching hand of Bush's Right to Rise PAC. Odd looking, easily made fun of, and not very presidential the image has been dismissed as a hand groping for dollars.

So one can only imagine the discussions over the !

Keep it? Drop it? Add more? Jeb!!!!!!

Is it back?

Yes. Jeb is not Jeb with !

If you looks at the photo below, you might conclude that after the 1994 appearance of Jeb!, Lamar Alexander swiped it for his 1996 race for president. 

Let's just note that Mike Murphy is a top consultant for both Bush and Alexander.

We're fairly confident that Bush will not make plaid a signature of his campaign.

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Of course, we still don't know if Bush will use this as his campaign theme song.


New Jeb Bush video suggests polls are hurting his presidential campaign

American Bridge, a Democratic video specialist, has come out with a dandy look at recent polls showing former Florida Governor Jeb Bush struggling in the polls. The video snaps back and forth among various talking heads grimly suggesting Bush is in trouble.

The video also includes comments from Bush including his suggestion that everyone "take a chill pill" rather than get worked up about the polls.

Bush is right about one thing - most of these polls, particularly national polls - are silly and meaningless. Many news organizations commit journalistic malfeasance by blowing these polls all out of proportion. 

But Bush knows better than to completely dismiss the polls. While many of them are silly, the constant chatter causes anxiety among active Republicans who take the polls all too seriously. Then, there is a risk that the polls become self-fulfilling causing both potential supporters and donors to have doubts.

If Bush were a lesser known figure, even the national political press corps might have started treating him like his last name was Perry,  Huckabee or Santorum. 

Whatever you think about the polls, this is an entertaining video.


Marco Rubio offers a view of New Hampshire campaign

 Florida Senator Marco Rubio's campaign put together a New Hampshire video featuring the Republican making appearances across the Granite State. 

The campaign is using the video to raise money.

The video opens with an image of the state Capitol in Concord, the video zips through other familiar New Hampshire images while a voice is heard introducing Rubio to an audience in Manchester. In the largely blue collar state, Rubio talks about graduating students from high school who are ready to take on skilled jobs.

Rubio tells a house party that running in New Hampshire is similar to his first race for a commission seat in West Miami - "the way you get elected there is you just knock on people' doors, you do parties like this. The only thing missing is Cuban coffee."

Watch below.


Marco Rubio answers Google

 Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio and his campaign team continue to come up with creative ways to build the image of his "next generation" persona.

In this new video, Rubio, Florida's junior senator, answers questions based on the top Google searches for Marco Rubio. Nothing surprising in his responses but it does demonstrate his instinctive comfort with all things new media. 

 And it helps set him apart from that "old generation" guy - Jeb Bush - the original internet political geek.

See Hillary Clinton's campaign announcement video

Democrat Hillary Clinton was expected to announce her 2016 presidential campaign with a video a few hours ago, but now the video is here.

The video opens with various parents and others talking about what they are hoping to do in the future. About a minute and a half into the video, Clinton appears. 

"I am hitting the road to earn your vote because it's your time and I hope you'll join me on this journey."


Jeb Bush releases new video ahead of Hillary Clinton announcement

 Just hours before Hillary Clinton is expected to formally announce her second bid for president, Jeb Bush's campaign-in-waiting released a video this morning with Bush speaking directly, in somewhat of a monotone - to the camera.

Nothing new here except he sounds more like a candidate. The issues are the usually check-the-box issues and he, of course, notes that "we must do better than the Obama, Clinton foreign policy."

He concludes with "I know we can do better and together we will."

Oops....does that mean he's now a declared candidate? Did he go a tad too far in making that statement as someone "exploring" a candidacy? Does this video create a problem with the FEC? 

His rivals in both parties may start asking those questions?

It is also noteworthy that Bush decided to do this video not only ahead of Clinton but just a day before U.S. Senator Marco Rubio makes his announcement.

Here's the video"


Jeb Bush video when cool is not cool

Capitol City Project, which describes itself as providing "a unique glimpse into the news of the Washington, DC, political class." takes on Florida presidential candidate Jeb Bush in a video just released hours ago. 

On the group's website, Capital City Project says it is "a non-partisan investigative new group." 

The video hits on a couple of themes that are already worrisome for Bush's campaign. But we suspect no one will be voting for or against Bush based on whether he is "cool."


Patrick Murphy says Marco Rubio denies climate change and wants to privatize Social Security

Well that didn't take long. U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy's hours-old campaign for the U.S. Senate is already sending out emails asking for money. 

He hits incumbent Republican Senator Marco Rubio by saying he "denies climate change" and "wants to privatize Social Security." 

Let the fun begin.

Murphy's email is below:

Friend --

For the past several months, I’ve been listening to my friends, my family, and my fellow Floridians.

I’m hearing the same sentiment from everyone: Congress is broken. Politicians can’t or won’t get anything done. And Washington is headed in the wrong direction.

Someone needs to step up and do something about it.

Today, I want you to be among the first to know: I’m running for the United States Senate in 2016. Click here to become a Founding Member of my campaign today >>

Our current Senator, Marco Rubio, is a career politician who has shown time and time again that he does not represent Florida’s middle class. Rubio denies climate change is real and wants to privatize Social Security.

It’s clear: It’s time for Marco Rubio to go.

The people of Florida deserve a leader who spends every day in office working to restore the Everglades, fighting for the middle class, and protecting Social Security and Medicare. That’s exactly what I intend to do as the next United States Senator from the State of Florida.

Now we have to build a winning Senate campaign from the ground up. Will you become a Founding Member of my Senate campaign today?

Please chip in $25 or whatever you can to help launch my campaign for United States Senate >>

Thank you for being a part of this journey with me. I could not be more proud to have you on board.


Patrick Murphy


Become a Founding Member »


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Jeb Bush makes an odd statement in Iowa

 Jeb Bush's Right to Rise Pac released a video showing Bush chatting over his shoulder to, presumably, one of his aides in the back seat of a car. They are on the way to the Iowa Ag Summit where the video continues with Bush making a rather odd statement.

With great fervor and looking determined, Bush says to loud applause, "The first thing you do is you change presidents."

The look on Bush's face and his tone suggests that this is chore that will be a great undertaking. And clearly the folks putting together the minute long video think this is a helluva line.

Unless Bush is planning an armed coup to oust President Obama from the White House, as far as we know we will peacefully change president's in January 2017. 

It is written somewhere - you know the guy in White House has to find a new home after two terms. The lease is up. Call the moving van. 

This election is not about changing presidents. The country is going to get a brand spanking new one. The only question is who that person might be. 

And let's note that if Bush wants to "change presidents" he could have given that a try in 2012.


Ben Carson is the first Florida candidate to make if official for 2016

Ben Carson, who lives in West Palm Beach, today launched a presidential exploratory committee - making him the first candidate to formally enter the 2016 campaign. 

Waiting in the wings are fellow Floridians Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and Mike Huckabee.  Bush is all but in. Huckabee remains a wannabee. And Rubio seems to be inching closer to a run.

Carson's chances? 

You be the judge.

See Carson's announcement below. 

Ben Carson: Exploratory Committee


Yesterday, I filed with the Federal Election Commission the necessary paperwork to formally consider a run for President of the United States in 2016.

Let me tell you why I’m taking this step today, and how you can help.

For many years, I have traveled the country closely studying our politics. I believe we are on the verge of robbing our children of the American Dream.

We are racking up a virtually insurmountable debt, stifling our economic potential and placing our children’s future at risk.

At home and abroad, we are silencing honest debate about our challenges, our differences and our culture, all in the name of political correctness. 

We are ceding more and more power to Washington bureaucrats at the expense of our personal liberty, ignoring the wisdom of our founders who risked their lives to form “a more perfect union.”

Too many of our children are trapped in failing schools and find themselves thrust into a deadly cycle of crime, dependence and despair.

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Jeb Bush as Boyhood or shall we say Bushhood

 Hugh Atkins has done parodies of Barack Obama, John McCain, Mitt Romney and others. Now, it Atkins has done one of former Florida Governor - and 2016 presidential candidate - Jeb Bush. 

Atkins uses the Oscar nominated movie Boyhood "with apologies to (director) Richard Linklater."


Jeb Bush makes another announcement on Facebook

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Apparently former Florida Governor and 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush is fond of using Facebook to make major announcements. Today, he posted videos, in Spanish and English, announcing the formation of Right to Rise PAC.

Bush's new website explains the PAC this way:

We believe passionately that the Right to Rise — to move up the income ladder based on merit, hard work and earned success — is the central moral promise of American economic life. We are optimists who believe that America’s opportunities have never been greater than they are right now. But we know America is falling short of its promise.

Millions of our fellow citizens across the broad middle class feel as if the American Dream is now out of their reach; that our politics are petty and broken; that opportunities are elusive; and that the playing field is no longer fair or level. Too many of the poor have lost hope that a path to a better life is within their grasp. While the last eight years have been pretty good ones for top earners, they’ve been a lost decade for the rest of America. We are not leading – at home or abroad.

At the Right to Rise PAC, we will support candidates who want to restore the promise of America with a positive, conservative vision of reform and renewal. We believe the income gap is real, but that only conservative principles can solve it by removing the barriers to upward mobility. We will celebrate success and risk-taking, protect liberty, cherish free enterprise, strengthen our national defense, embrace the energy revolution, fix our broken and obsolete immigration system, and give all children a better future by transforming our education system through choice, high standards and accountability. We will strive to put our fiscal house back in order, re-limit government and ensure that America is a welcoming society.

We will not cede an inch of territory — no issues, no demographic groups, no voters — as we unite our citizens to strengthen America through greater economic growth and widespread prosperity.

We believe in the transformative power of conservative ideas to renew America. Our nation can be dynamic and prosperous again, if we join together and fight for every American’s Right to Rise!

Join us.

Right to Rise offers this biography of Bush (the word conservative is used only three times):

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American Bridge video has Republicans saying Jeb Bush should not run

Well that didn't take long. The liberal American Bridges moved fast to get out this video 24 hours after former Florida Governor Jeb Bush announced a new Leadership PAC to help him figure out if he wants to be president.

It features Republicans who believe Bush should stay home.


Jeb Bush launches 2016 campaign, well sort of

JEB BUSH _Jeb Bush who says he was digital before digital was cool, (largely true), took to Facebook to announce the start of a leadership PAC.

Bush says he will "facilliate" conversations. We believe this is wonk talk for "speak with."  Bush also says he will "actively explore" suggesting that he has spent the last 12 months inactively exploring becoming a candidate.

This Facebook note leaves little doubt that in fact, Bush is a candidate.

Here's the note:

A Note from Jeb Bush

December 16, 2014
Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!

Like many of you, our family was blessed with the opportunity to gather together over the recent Thanksgiving holiday.   

Columba and I are so proud of the wonderful adults our children have become, and we loved spending time with our three precious grandchildren.

We shared good food and watched a whole lot of football.

We also talked about the future of our nation. As a result of these conversations and thoughtful consideration of the kind of strong leadership I think America needs, I have decided to actively explore the possibility of running for President of the United States.

In January, I also plan to establish a Leadership PAC that will help me facilitate conversations with citizens across America to discuss the most critical challenges facing our exceptional nation. The PAC’s purpose will be to support leaders, ideas and policies that will expand opportunity and prosperity for all Americans.

In the coming months, I hope to visit with many of you and have a conversation about restoring the promise of America.  

Best wishes to you and your families for a happy holiday season. I’ll be in touch soon.


Jeb Bush


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New Charlie Crist ad tries to get back the old magic

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As a Republican, Charlie Crist did a pretty good job convincing voters that he is just an ordinary guy who wakes up each day worrying about what is best for average Floridians. As governor, Crist seemed to worry more about the potential of becoming John McCain's running mate than the fate of Sunshine State.

His self-destructive run for U.S. Senate suggested Crist was starting to see something in the mirror that no one when else saw. There are still those who believe that had Crist stuck to being governor and, as many expected, won a second term, he would be in the current mix of potential candidates for GOP nomination for president.

Today, Crist finds himself running against a candidate - Republican Rick Scott - who has none of his charisma, none of his deep roots in the Sunshine State, and none of innate campaign ability.

Scott has succeeded in plummeling Crist's reputation while enhancing his own ever so slightly. Few believed a newcomer to Florida politics with a questionable corporate history could suddenly become the governor of Florida.

If Scott wins a second term, it will not just be a result of Scott's enormous spending on campaign ads. It will be in party because Crist failed in his attempt to go back to being the neighborly guy who became a state senator, education commission and attorney general.

The Crist campaign might find some solace in this long final campaign weekend in the fact that some Republicans in Tallahassee and Washington (including folks at the RGA) are, as one knowledgeable GOP insider put it still  "VERY concerned" about Rick Scott.

Polls are suggesting that this race is so close both campaigns should be "VERY concerned" about the election.