Jeb Bush Almost Became a Presidential Candidate for About 3 Seconds Today

"I’m running for president in 2016," he said, before correcting himself.

— -- Honest mistake or Freudian slip?

"I’m running for president in 2016, and the focus is going to be about how we -- if I run -- how do you create sustained economic growth,” he said.

As he has "explored" a White House bid over the past few months, Bush has been careful to avoid a formal announcement, which would trigger more stringent campaign finance rules, limiting his ability to coordinate fundraising with his PAC, Right to Rise.

What he says he's doing now -- "testing the waters" with an exploratory committee -- allows potential candidates to gauge support and build a base without being an official candidate.

In speeches, interviews and other such events, Bush always hedges -- saying, “If I go beyond the consideration of this ...”

"I’m not an official candidate," Bush reiterated at the event today. "I’ll make up my mind soon, for sure."

For sure.