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Jeb Bush

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John Ellis "Jeb" Bush is a former governor of Florida who unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for president in 2016. In 1988, he entered politics as Florida’s secretary of commerce. He served two terms as governor, elected in 1998 and 2002 after an unsuccessful 1994 bid. Bush was raised Episcopalian but converted to Roman Catholicism in 1995, citing admiration for the Catholic Church’s absolute nature and adherence to traditional values; his Mexican-American wife, Columba, is also Catholic. Bush has emphasized the importance of faith in making political decisions. He is pro-life and supports restricting abortion to cases of rape, incest, or danger to the mother’s life. He also opposes assisted dying and supports repealing the Affordable Care Act. On environmental issues, Bush is skeptical of climate change and has expressed disagreement with Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si. Bush opposes same-sex marriage for religious reasons, citing the importance of religious freedom following the Obergefell v. Hodges ruling.
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