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George P. Bush Keeps it Simple in Political Debut

By Paul J. Weber
|  Friday, Mar 22, 2013  |  Updated 3:13 PM CDT
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George P. Bush Keeps it Simple in Political Debut

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George P. Bush speaks during the 2011 Republican Leadership Conference on June 18, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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George Prescott Bush is off to a safe but also unpolished start as a political candidate in Texas.

Bush on Friday stumbled over his words and sometimes appeared nervous in his first public speech since announcing his run for Texas Land Commissioner.

A luncheon of about 200 people at a policy conference near Austin nonetheless treated Bush to enthusiastic applause.

The 36-year-old nephew of former President George W. Bush didn't take big risks in his political debut. He urged Texas lawmakers to continue prioritizing education and pledged to take a special interest in the welfare of veterans.

Bush is the son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush but kept his remarks focused on Texas.

No other serious challengers have filed to run against George P. Bush in 2014.

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