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Jeb Bush Jumps Into 1998 Florida Governor's Race

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AllPolitics, Nov. 12) -- With the election a full year away, Jeb Bush has formally launched his second bid to become governor of Florida.

Bush, son of former President George Bush and brother of Texas Gov. George W. Bush, will once again try to get into the family business of political office. He unsuccessfully ran for the state's top office in 1994.

Kicking off his campaign today in the state's capital city, Bush admitted his early timing was unusual but saw no reason to wait once he'd made his decision.

In another politically unorthodox move, Bush also introduced his running mate, Secretary of State Sandra Mortham.

Explaining his requirements for a lieutenant governor, Bush said, "I wanted someone who was my friend, someone who could serve with distinction as governor ... She is far and away the most qualified person to be part of this team and it is a team."

"I wasn't looking for a clone," said Bush. The Republican candidate's staunch pro-life stance hurt his efforts to bridge the gender gap during his last run. Mortham is pro-choice.

Following the announcement, Bush, his wife and their three children made their first campaign swing from Tallahassee to West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Miami.

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