Political Notebook


Pence coy on 2016

Gov. Mike Pence ducked an opportunity this week to quash rumors that he might be interested in running for President -- not governor -- in 2016.

The Washington Post reported Wednesday that Pence was coy about his future political plans at the Republican Governors Association's annual meeting in Phoenix.

An Indiana political blogger recently quoted an unnamed Pence adviser as saying the governor will seek a second term and isn't fundraising for a presidential race.

Pence's response?

"I don't believe I was quoted in that story," he said, according to the Post article. "What I can tell you on the record is I haven't spent one second thinking about any other job than the one I got elected to do in 2012."

Pence is a former congressman and conservative favorite who briefly considered running in 2012 before ultimately deciding to run for governor.

He focused on the work states are doing to solve the problems the country is facing.

"When I look at 2016, and I don't have a candidate that I'm backing, I'm going to be looking not for somebody that says I want to go to Washington, D.C., and run it like I ran where I came from," Pence is quoted in the Washington Post.

"I want somebody that says I'm going to go to Washington, D.C., and make it more possible for the next person running where I came from to do it with more freedom and flexibility."