Weekly Political Roundup: Bush Announces and Trump Is Being Super For Real This Time

Brandon Snively
Brandon is a Pace University graduate and avid Philadelphia sports fan, but don't hate him because of it...please? He was a former intern at the Howard Stern Show as well as a reporter for the MTA program Transit Transit Newsmagazine. He likes to be in front of the camera or behind the mic, but he enjoys news writing just as much.

Bush makes his announcement with some Latino flavor

Jeb Bush officially made the announcement that he will be running for president on the Republican ticket on Monday, as expected by his camp, at a college in Miami, Florida.

Bush did not come out of the gates swinging for the fences just yet. His strategy, for now, seems to be starting off slowly and progressively aiming to tackle the bigger issues that he stands for along the way.

He did address a major issue that the Republican Party has been having in recent elections – the support of Latino voters. Bush surprised many when he changed his speech from English to Spanish to show that he is willing to appeal to and assist the growing number of Latinos in America. However, it is going to take more than speaking another language to win over the votes of this growing demographic.

His proficiency with the language and desire to win over these voters also makes sense considering his wife, Columba, is Mexican. He actually met her over 40 years ago and was quoted by Reuters saying, “In 1971, 8 years before then-candidate Ronald Reagan said that we should stop thinking of our neighbors as foreigners, I was ahead of my time in cross-border outreach.”

It seems as though his approach is to focus on immigration and improving relations with our neighbors south of the border early on.

Jeb does have some GIANT shoes to fill. His last name is associated with two former presidents, neither of whom were the most well-liked at the end of their terms according to American polling data.

Jeb is going to have to separate himself from his last name – plain and simple. If he doesn’t do so, people are automatically going to refer to the saying “it runs in the family,” which will be a big bust to his campaign. It takes a lot more than speaking another language to address issues affecting Latinos. He showed us he can talk the talk, but he needs to walk the walk.

PS: The Internet is having a field day with his 2016 logo. Here’s the real thing:

A campaign sign is displayed near the stage before the start of an event where Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is expected to announce his intentions to run for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination on the Kendall Campus of Miami Dade College in Miami, Florida, U.S., on Monday, June 15, 2015. Bush will attempt to follow his brother and father into the nation's highest office when he officially announces today that he'll run for president of the United States. Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

And here is why I love the Internet:

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Trump is officially running. No, seriously, he’s for real this time

People live for entertainment in certain political situations. Not sure if any of you remember the early 2000s California Governor recall election, but some of the candidates included former child actors, porn stars, and sports figures. Point being, it’s always nice to throw some spice into the mix.

On that note – enter Donald Trump. There are no doubts in my mind that he will be a great source of entertainment leading up to this election. Equipped with his outlandish comments, pronounced disapproval of President Obama, and outspoken personality, we are in for quite a show.

But seriously people, this man has entered the race for president. Unlike Bush, Trump came into this race like a bat out of hell. Trump made no mistake by being quoted as saying, “I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created.”

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According to Reuters, he also took jabs at Mexico by making comments stating that they were not our friends, and even described some of their people as rapists.

(The Mexican government responded and said that was really rude)

He also went on to say that Saudi Arabia is lucky that our military is over there because without us, they’d be gone.

Sometimes you just have to wonder if the guy is serious. It seems like he is, but let’s not forget that he has backed out of previous elections. Will this time be different? Time will tell.

Reuters also reported that there is a serious concern with Donald Trump running – he may take attention away from the serious candidates. Donald Trump clearly loves attention, and some of us may laugh at the stuff he says. But let’s be honest here, do we really want him running his country? If he brings up serious issues and proposes serious solutions, then yes, we will listen. But for now, Mr. Trump, please take an effing seat.

 

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