INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Will Mike Pence run for president in 2016? He’s not making any public moves in that direction but a report says the governor is listening to encouragement.
That’s the key here–not just that people are encouraging Mike Pence to run, but that he’s also listening to them.
They are conservatives, including Gary Bauer, who describes Pence as “formidable.” That’s according to a report on Politico.com, a political website that carries a story titled “The Invisible Primary.”
The report says that “Pence is listening to people who hope he will run” and that Pence “strikes conservatives as a dazzling talent on paper.”
It says that Pence has met with prominent conservative activists. At the end of last year, Pence was asked if he would decide whether to seek re-election as governor, or pursue the White House during 2014.
“I don’t know if I’ll make a decision on that front next year,” he said, “but I can tell you that I really haven’t spent one second thinking about anything other than the job I was hired to do a year ago.”
That answer hasn’t changed in the time since, at least not publicly.
24-Hour News 8 asked if he has any reaction to the Politico story or if he would confirm meeting with conservative leaders. The governor’s spokeswoman confirms that Pence has been approached, but says he is completely focused on Indiana.