John Ellis “Jeb” Bush on Saturday suspended his presidential campaign following his loss in the South Carolina primary he had hoped might revive his bid to become the third member of his family elected to the White House.
The american businessman and politician who served as the 43rd Governor of Florida from 1999 to 2007 and the son and brother of US presidents, made the announcement in a somber speech before supporters in Columbia after earning just 7.8% of the vote in the third primary contest of 2016.
“The presidency is bigger than any one candidate,” Bush said. “The people of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina have spoken.”
“In this campaign I have stood my ground, refusing to bend to the political winds,” Jeb Bush said on Saturday night, with South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham standing by his side.
In a veil reference perhaps to Donald Trump, Bush said, “I firmly believe the American people must entrust this office who understands that whoever holds it is a servant, not the master, someone who will commit to that service with honor and decency,”
He didn’t mention Trump by name, but he did make references to how ideas and policy matters, as well as “strong conservative leadership.”
It is indeed the end of an era, a shocking end of the bush dynasty in 2016.
Watch the Youtube video of his announcement below