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Jeb Bush wants more companies like Uber

Presidential Candidate Jeb Bush Visits Tours Online Consumer Service Company ThumbtactPresidential Candidate Jeb Bush Visits Tours Online Consumer Service Company Thumbtact
Republican presidential candidate and former Florida governor Jeb Bush speaks to workers at Thumbtack on July 16, 2015 in San Francisco, California. Photograph by Justin Sullivan — Getty Images

Jeb Bush posted his first missive on a newly created LinkedIn profile today, establishing the presidential candidate’s presence on yet another social media platform. He follows Hillary Clinton, who joined LinkedIn and wrote her own inaugural post in May.

Bush had California on his mind as he wrote about “digital disruption,” saying “I don’t mind disrupting the established order.” Bush spent the day visiting (via Uber) the start-up Thumbtack, which connects users with local service professionals like dog-walkers and photographers. There, he echoed his statements on LinkedIn, praising Uber and Thumbtack as services of the future.


In his LinkedIn post, Bush took potshots at Hillary Clinton, writing that the Democratic candidate “rejected some of the core elements of the shared economy.” He said that liberals “can’t embrace digital innovation because it threatens the way they govern,” adding that Democrats feel threatened by food trucks, ride-sharing services and Airbnb because they endanger traditional taxes and unions.

On Monday, Clinton praised the sharing economy with caveats, saying that “it’s also raising hard questions about workplace protections and what a good job will look like in the future.” Clinton’s own LinkedIn post echoed Bush’s focus on small business, proposing tax and regulatory relief to help small business owners succeed.