FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2013 file photo, George P. Bush, left, talks to businessmen prior to making the opening statements at the Texas Business Leadership Council in Austin, Texas. Ending months of speculation about what post the grandson of one former U.S. president and nephew of another planned to seek, spokesman Trey Newton told The Associated Press that Bush filed the official paperwork Tuesday, March 12, 2013 to run for land commissioner, a popular stepping stone to higher office.(AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)AP2013
The man who some call the future face of the Republican Party had a rocky political debut.
In his first speech as a candidate, George P. Bush stumbled over his words and appeared nervous during a luncheon of about 200 people Friday afternoon. Nonetheless, he was met with enthusiastic applause.
Bush, who comes from well-established political lineage, delivered the keynote address at the Texas Legislative Conference – his first speech since announcing he was running for Texas Land Commissioner.
The 36-year-old nephew of former President George W. Bush didn't take big risks in his political debut. Bush, whose mother is Mexican, urged Texas lawmakers to continue prioritizing education and pledged to take a special interest in the welfare of veterans.
Bush is the son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and grandson of former President George H.W. Bush, but kept his remarks focused on Texas.
Bush first filed paperwork in November with the Texas Ethics Commission signifying he would run for statewide office in 2014. He raised an impressive $1.3 million in those first two months
No other serious challengers have filed to run against George P. Bush in 2014.
Bush, who announced this week he and his wife are expecting their first child, a boy, is now off to New Mexico, where he is attending the state Republican Party’s “Lincoln Day Dinner.” New Mexico party Chairman John Billingsley and Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus will also attend the March 23 event.
Based on reporting by The Associated Press.