Jeb Bush, the current 2016 GOP presidential front-runner, today said that the lingering economic woes still slamming many in the nation has made the American Dream “a mirage.”

In an address to the Detroit Economic Club, the former Florida governor began to lay out his vision for fixing the nation if he were to become president and he focused on helping urban areas like Detroit that are hurt more by the problems of the recovering economy yet still back President Obama and Democrats.

“I know some in the media think conservatives don't care about the cities,” he said in excerpts provided by his political action committee. “But they are wrong,” he said, adding: “Let’s go where our ideas can matter most. Where the failures of liberal government are most obvious. Let’s deliver real conservative success. And you know what will happen? We’ll create a whole lot of new conservatives.”

EXCERPTS: JEB BUSH’S REMARKS TO THE DETROIT ECONOMIC CLUB

Tallahassee, FL – Below are excerpts from Jeb Bush’s remarks to the Detroit Economic Club today:

How do we restore America’s faith in the moral promise of our great nation that any child born today can reach further than their parents?

This is an urgent issue: Far too many Americans live on the edge of economic ruin.

And many more feel like they’re stuck in place, working longer and harder, even as they’re losing ground.

Tens of millions of Americans no longer see a clear path to rise above their challenges. ...

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Today and in the coming weeks, I will address this critical issue.

And I will offer a new vision. A plan of action that is different than what we have been hearing in Washington D.C.

It is a vision rooted in conservative principles and tethered to our shared belief in opportunity and the unknown possibilities of a nation given the freedom to act, to create, to dream and to rise. ...

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Six years after the recession ended, median incomes are down, households are, on average, poorer … and millions of people have given up looking for a job altogether.

Roughly two out of three American households live paycheck to paycheck. Any unexpected expense can push them into financial ruin. We have a record number of Americans on food stamps and living in poverty.

The recovery has been everywhere but in the family paychecks. The American Dream has become a mirage for far too many.

So the central question we face here in Detroit and across America is this: Can we restore that dream — that moral promise — that each generation can do better? ...

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Our nation has always valued such economic freedom because in economic freedom, each citizen has the power to propel themselves forward and upward.

This really isn’t understood in Washington D.C. And you can see why: It’s a company town. And the company is government. It’s all they know.

For several years now, they have been recklessly degrading the value of work, the incentive to work, and the rewards of work.

The progressive and liberal mindset believes that to every problem there is a Washington D.C. solution. But that instinct doesn’t solve any problem, other than the problem of how to keep Washington’s regional economy well-lubricated. ...

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There’s a better way.

Let’s define this path first by the core principles of a Right to Rise society because once we do that, the policies, the laws and the way forward will be much clearer. …

And in the coming months, I intend to detail how we can get there, with a mix of smart policies and reforms to tap our resources and capacity to innovate, whether in energy, manufacturing, health care or technology. ...

Let’s embrace reform everywhere, especially in our government. Let's start with the simple principle of who holds the power. I say give Washington less and give states and local governments more. …

I know some in the media think conservatives don't care about the cities.

But they are wrong. We believe that every American and in every community has a right to pursue happiness. They have a right to rise.

So I say: Let’s go where our ideas can matter most. Where the failures of liberal government are most obvious. Let’s deliver real conservative success.

And you know what will happen?

We’ll create a whole lot of new conservatives. ...

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This morning, 320 million Americans got up … and they are on 320 million different paths of life.

It’s our goal to see them succeed.

And it’s our responsibility to do everything possible to help them.

Because by their success, they will not only build prosperity for themselves. They will renew the promise of this nation when everyone, has the right to rise.

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.