Jeb Bush will announce his bid for the Republican presidential nomination on June 15 in Miami, finally jumping into the crowded field after a chorus of criticism about how he is handling his non-campaign and moving to shore up flagging support.
The former Florida governor’s big event in his hometown will come a day after he completes a week-long trip to Germany, Poland and Estonia. The announcement on Thursday of a date follows several polls that showed his front-runner status has been diminished.
Some in the Bush camp had suggested he might wait until July to announce his bid, which would give him even more time to raise money for the Right to Rise superpac organization that will run key parts of his campaign.
But amid questions about his delay in announcing and whether he was skirting election fundraising laws, the decision was made to go in mid-June.