Jeb Bush Will 'Actively Explore the Possibility of Running for President' – ABC News

PHOTO: Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush speaks at the Reagan Library after autographing his new book

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush speaks at the Reagan Library after autographing his new book “Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution” in Simi Valley, Calif., March 8, 2013.

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Jeb Bush announced this morning that he will “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,” Bush said in Facebook and Twitter posts today. “In the coming months, I hope to visit with many of you and have a conversation about restoring the promise of America.”

I am excited to announce I will actively explore the possibility of running for President of the United States: https://t.co/luY4lCF2cA.

— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) December 16, 2014

Yesterday, Bush delivered the commencement address at the University of South Carolina, but offered no hints about today’s announcement. Instead, he gave graduates three pieces of advice.

“Dream big, don’t be afraid of change and find joy everywhere you can,” Bush told the attendees.

The speech came a day after he told ABC’s Miami affiliate WPLG he would not only release an e-book, but also 250,000 of his emails from his time in office. In the interview that aired Sunday on WPLG-TV, ABC’s Miami affiliate, Bush hinted that he planned to “make up my mind in short order” about jumping into the 2016 race.

PHOTO: Former first lady Barbara Bush, right, greets her son former Fla. Gov. Jeb Bush, with a kiss as she arrives at the 2010 Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony, in this Feb. 15, 2011, file photo.

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PHOTO: Former first lady Barbara Bush, right, greets her son former Fla. Gov. Jeb Bush, with a kiss as she arrives at the 2010 Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony, in this Feb. 15, 2011, file photo.

“One of the things I am going to do as I go through this process is release all of my e-mails and write an e-book, which has been kind of fun to go back and to think about this, and remind myself that if you run with big ideas and then you’re true to those ideas, and get a chance to serve and implement them and do it with passion and conviction, you can move the needle,” Bush said in the intevriew. “And that’s what we need right now in America.”

Bush said the e-mails would be made public early next year. He decided to release them, he said, in the interest of “transparency” and in order to “let people make up their mind.”

ABC’s Michael Falcone, Rick Klein and Shushannah Walshe contributed reporting.

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