Jeb Bush is still one of the main GOP candidates who hasn’t officially announced he is running for the GOP nomination for president, but in an interview on Wednesday, he accidentally said, “I’m running,” before backtracking to say, “if I run.”
Answering a question on how he would be different from his bother former President George W. Bush, Jeb said he is running but immediately tried to walk that back.
I’m running for president in 2016, and the focus is gonna be about how we—if I run—how do you create high, sustained economic growth, where more people have a chance at earned success? And I will apply my record and the ideas that are relevant going forward to all of this. Of course I have differences with every president, previous president.
But Jeb has not officially made an announcement of his final intentions, saying only that he will decide “soon.”
There seems to be little doubt that the former Florida Governor is running, as he has been an early leader in GOP fundraising.
Despite the early jump on fundraising, though, several of the other already-announced GOP candidates have begun to cut into Bush’s take.
Follow Warner Todd Huston on Twitter @warnerthuston, or email the author at firstname.lastname@example.org.