Jeb Bush: “I Am My Own Man” on Foreign Policy

2016 hopeful is in Chicago to deliver first speech on foreign policy since announcing he was "actively exploring" presidential bid.

By Published on February 18, 2015

Jeb Bush wants to be his “own man” in the White House on foreign policy.

In Chicago for his first major address on overseas issues since announcing he was “actively” exploring a presidential bid in December, the former Florida governor is expected to draw a line between himself and his father, firmly in the realist camp, and brother, whose neoconservative instincts and unpopular war in Iraq nearly drove him from office.

Excerpts suggest that Jeb Bush is well within the GOP mainstream in seeing the U.S. with a robust global presence whose “strength encourages peace,” according to prepared remarks to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs — but he will acknowledge his family’s long and complicated history on foreign policy.

“I recognize that as a result, my views will often be held up in comparison to theirs’ – sometimes in contrast to theirs’. I love my father and my brother. I admire their service to the nation and the difficult decisions they had to make,” he is expected to say.

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