Potential republican candidate Jeb Bush is preparing himself for the long and expensive road to the White House early with a fund raising luncheon on the calendar next week.
During a high profile visit to Florida Jeb Bush is hoping to raise funds for his campaign while also highlighting the education reforms that he has begun to show people his potential for the top job in American politics.
According to Reuters, it will cost $1,000-per-plate to attend the luncheon scheduled at a hotel just a few blocks away from the Governor’s Mansion and it is hoped that the trip will be able to highlight Bush’s enduring strength in the largest U.S. swing state, crucial to GOP hopes of regaining the White House in 2016.
The event, “Keeping the Promise: A Florida Education Summit,” is set to include other keynote speakers including the state’s current Republican governor, Rick Scott, and top legislators, business leaders and schools experts, according to Reuters.
While there are many candidates lining up for the presidential race from the Republican party, Jeb Bush is widely regarded as being one of the front runners, not least thanks to his family connections to the role with both his brother being former President George W. Bush and his father being former President George H.W. Bush.
Jeb Bush has already secured funds for his campaign and has even launched the “Right to Rise”, a political action committee with the sole aim of raising money for the Republican as he explores his options in the presidential campaign.
Jeb Bush may be popular with many Republicans but he has faced criticism from more conservative members of the party who have failed to back him fully on his “Common Core” national academic standards.
According to Reuters, standardised testing was at the centre of the education reforms that Bush championed as governor from 1999 to 2007 with his administration creating a system for grading public schools from A through F, based on the student test scores.
During this time he also promoted charter schools, which are publicly funded but are often run by private corporations, and instituted a state wide voucher program to let students in failing public schools enrol in private and religious schools at taxpayer expense.
Wherever people stand on Jeb Bush, there can be no denying that he is taking the run for president very seriously and his new efforts to raise further funds for his campaign only shows his dedication to following in the footsteps of his brother and father before him.