Jeb Bush Accidentally Tells Reporters, 'I'm Running for President'
Did Jeb Bush accidentally announce that he’s running for president?
Bush seemed to unintentionally announce his plans for 2016 while speaking with reporters in Reno, Nevada yesterday.
“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,” the former Florida governor said.
Earlier, he told reporters that he was not an official candidate.
“I've been traveling the country for the last three months and making up my mind, trying to determine the support I may have, should I go forward," he said.
A Fox News poll puts Bush ahead of the pack as the only person who would beat Hillary Clinton. About 45 percent of Americans polled said they would vote for Bush if the election was held today, compared to 44 percent who said they’d vote for Clinton.
Bush announced in December that he would "actively explore" a run for the White House, but he has yet to formally declare he is running.
The difference between considering a run and actually jumping into the race affects what he can and cannot do under the law with regard to fundraising. Once candidates formally enter the presidential race they face tighter restrictions on raising money.
Bush has appeared at fundraisers across the country for Right to Rise, a political action committee that was created by Bush's legal team. If he were to declare he is running, he could still appear at the group's functions but would be prohibited from coordinating with it over messaging.
Watch the apparent slip-up above. See the Fox News poll results below.