Dec. 2, 2014: Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush talks to supporters after speaking at the U.S. Cuba Democracy PAC’s 11th Annual Luncheon in Coral Gables, Fla. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
Jeb Bush said Saturday that he plans to release approximately 250,000 emails from his years as Florida’s governor, as well as an electronic book.
An aide to the governor told Fox News that the emails would be released ahead of the e-book, which is due out early next year.
In an interview with Miami’s WPLG-TV, Bush said he was releasing the emails for the sake of « transparency » and to « let people make up their mind. » He served two terms as the state’s governor between 1999 and 2007.
The move will likely increase speculation about whether Bush, whose father and brother have already served as President, will declare his own candidacy for the White House. He would be the early favorite of the Republican establishment, although many conservatives criticize his positions on immigration and education.
Earlier this month, Bush told The Wall Street Journal CEO Council annual meeting that he was nearing a decision about whether he would run and said he would make up his mind « in short order. »
« I don’t know if I’d be a good candidate or bad, » Bush said. « I know a Republican can win, whether it’s me or somebody else. »
Bush told the meeting that his priorities include an « all-in » energy policy that expands the use of the country’s natural resources, a reduction in business regulations, a simpler tax code, an « economically driven » overhaul of the immigration system. He also urged Congress to make compromises to pass legislation and take the focus off trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.