LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is distancing himself from his family as he courts senior citizens in Nevada, the first stop in a national tour aimed at key states on the presidential primary calendar.
The leading Republican White House prospect was asked about his family connections during a Monday appearances at a Las Vegas retirement community. Bush is the son and brother of former presidents.
"Do you have brothers and sisters?" Bush asked his questioner. "Are you exactly the same?"
The crowd of roughly 300 applauded the answer.
The appearance marks a new phase in Bush's campaign strategy. He's been focused almost exclusively on raising money behind closed doors in recent months.
Bush is scheduled to appear in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina in the coming weeks.