Republican Takes Major Step Towards Presidential Run

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Jeb Bush continues to make preparations to run for president in 2016. The former Governor of Florida stepped down from his position on the Board of Directors of Tenet Healthcare Corp. on Christmas Eve. The healthcare company said on Wednesday that Bush will be resigning at the end of the year. He has been a director since 2007.

Bush is stepping away from some of his business commitments after announcing that he has “decided to actively explore the possibility of running for president of the United States.” Additionally, The Blaze reports that he will leave his advisory role with British banking giant Barclays by Dec. 31.

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Many staunch conservatives are more than skeptical of Bush’s close ties with Tenet, a huge supporter of Obama’s unpopular healthcare law. This could potentially complicate his chances of a 2016 ticket. Tenet was clear that Bush is “not resigning on account of any disagreement” with the company, which furthers theories that he made the move in a step towards getting his affairs in order to run for President.

Bush also sits on the boards of Rayonier Inc., Empower Software Solutions and CorMatrix Cardiovascular Inc., though he does not seem to think that his private-equity work will inspire the same criticism as it did for Mitt Romney in 2012. “We’re creating jobs. We’re expanding business. I’m not ashamed of that at all,” he said in a recent interview. “I think that practical experience is something that might be useful in Washington, D.C., to be honest with you.”

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