Republican Jeb Bush says he’d be an upbeat candidate

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WOODBURY, NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 24: Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks during a Long Island Association luncheon with LIA President and CEO Kevin S. Law at the Crest Hollow Country Club on February 24, 2014 in Woodbury, New York. Bush is widely seen as a possible presidential contender in 2016. (Photo by Andy Jacobsohn/Getty […]

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says he will be an upbeat candidate for president if he runs for the Republican nomination.

Speaking to about 200 people squeezed into the backroom of a Cedar Rapids restaurant Saturday night, Bush said he hopes his campaign would be hopeful and optimistic.

Bush isn’t yet a formal candidate, but he acted like one during his first trip to Iowa as a presidential prospect.

While in the leadoff caucus state for two days, he spoke at a congressional fundraiser and met with state party officials in the Des Moines area. He also participated in an agriculture forum along with eight other potential GOP candidates.

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