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Jeb Bush inadvertently tells a Reno TV station he’s running for president

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Perhaps it was inadvertent, but Jeb Bush admitted what everyone has known for months — that he’s going to be an official candidate for the 2016 Republican Party nomination.

“I’m running for president in 2016, and the focus is going to be about … how do you create high sustained economic growth, where more people have a chance to earn success,” Bush said in an interview with KRNV News in Reno, Nevada. “I will apply my record and the ideas that are relevant going forward to all of us.” (Watch the video here).

Bush said as recently as yesterday on the Sean Hannity show that he would be officially announcing his candidacy next month, but he’s also been hit by the most negative coverage since he began fundraising as a potential candidate in December. That’s been the reaction to his initial response to a question posed by Fox News’ Megyn Kelly about the Iraq war, where he said that knowing now what we knew then, he still would have invaded that country.  He has since said that he “misinterpreted” the question.

Bush told the station earlier in the interview that he was not running for president. Here’s a transcript available on the KRNV website.

Reporter: Are you officially running?

Gov Bush: No, no I’m 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.

Reporter: Any idea when you might declare?

Gov Bush: I’ll make up my mind soon, for sure.

Reporter: How long will it take to make up your mind?

Gov Bush: Just, you know, listening to people, getting a sense if moving forward makes sense. I’ve been encouraged, I’ll leave it at that.

Reporter: Policy wise and optimistically is there anything you would have done differently than your brother?

Gov Bush: I’m running for president in 2016 and the focus is going to be about how we — if I run– how do you create high sustained economic growth where more people have a chance at earned success. I will apply my record  and the ideas that are relevant to all of this.

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Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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