Likely Republican U.S. presidential candidate Jeb Bush says in a video released Sunday the American government should be doing a better job. In the 50-second video, Bush zeroes in on what he contends are failings of both President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, just hours before Clinton is expected to declare she will be a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016.
“In the coming weeks and months, I look forward to an exchange of ideas and substantive policy proposals,” Bush says in the video. “I believe that every American deserves the right to rise and the opportunity to achieve the American Dream and that, abroad, America should be respected by our allies and feared by our enemies.”
The former Florida governor adds, “That’s why it’s critical we change the direction our country is heading.”
Bush calls Clinton out by name, saying foreign-policy decisions made by Obama and her have jeopardized America’s standing overseas. He concludes:
“We must do better than the Obama-Clinton foreign policy that has damaged relationships with our allies and emboldened our enemies. Better than their failed, big-government policies that grow our debt and stand in the way of real economy growth and prosperity. I believe it’s conservative ideas that will renew America, grow our economy, put our fiscal house in order and make our great country even stronger.”
Bush isn’t expected to announce his own presidential candidacy for another few weeks. His new video appears below: