"The stakes for America's future are about as great as they come," Bush said as he launched his campaign in Miami on Monday

By Tierney McAfee
Updated June 15, 2015 04:30 PM
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Jeb Bush made it official on Monday – he wants to be the 45th President of the United States of America.

“The stakes for America’s future are about as great as they come,” Bush said as he launched his campaign in Miami under the simple campaign logo of “Jeb!” that makes no mention of the last name he shares with the country’s 41st president (his father, George H.W. Bush) and 43rd (older brother George W.).

Bush, 62, is the 11th Republican candidate to throw a hat in the ring for 2016. Over the weekend, he told NBC News how he was resting up at home before Monday’s long-awaited launch: “I need to sharpen the saw, I need to go to mass, I need to be with my grandkids.”

Though many assumed the former Florida governor from one of America’s most famous political families would be a fast front-runner among GOP contenders, the latest Iowa polls show him lagging behind Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, CNN reports.

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But Bush isn’t worried.

“It’s June for crying out loud, so we’ve got a long way to go,” he told reporters in Germany last Wednesday. “I’m pretty confident that we’re in a good position, for sure, and I’m going to compete everywhere. If I’m a candidate there’s no fifth place kind of mentality.”

Bush already has a vote of confidence (and more than likely, a literal vote) from his mother, former First Lady Barbara Bush, who once famously said that the White House had seen "enough Bushes".

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In an interview with her granddaughter Jenna Bush Hager on the Today show last week, the Bush matriarch said, “I’ve promised that during this next campaign season, I will not talk … No, I won’t give any interviews … I don’t Tweet. … No Instagram. … I’m not going to be musing about someone who does something stupid in the campaign … I’m gonna stop voicing my opinion and sticking up for things I think are right. Except my boy. I think he’s brilliant.”

“I assume you mean Jeb,” said Bush Hager, a correspondent for the show.

“Right,” her grandmother replied, laughing.