- The Washington Times - Monday, June 15, 2015

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is poised to tour the early primary and caucus states after making the long-awaited announcement Monday that he is running for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.

The Bush camp plans to travel to New Hampshire, home of the first-in-the-nation primary, on Tuesday for a town hall event and to Iowa, which kicks off the nomination race with the caucuses, on Wednesday for a back-yard meet-and-greet.

On Thursday, he will swing through South Carolina for a veterans town hall in Charleston.

The Bush camp also announced that George P. Bush, Mr. Bush’s son, will hold a meet-and-greet with Reno College Republicans and Washoe County GOP in Nevada on June 17.

Mr. Bush, who served as governor from 1999 to 2007, plans to make his formal announcement Monday afternoon at Miami Dade College.

The 62-year-old holds small lead in national polls over Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin and fellow Florida. He is leading polls in New Hampshire and South Carolina, and he’s running near the middle of the pack in Iowa.

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