Indiana Gov. Mike Pence raises 2016 possibilities with Berlin speech

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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence jumped into the debate over foreign policy Wednesday during a trade mission to Germany, saying the Obama administration's policy of "conciliatory diplomacy" toward Russia has failed.

It's the clearest sign so far that Pence, who flirted with a run in 2008 while leader of the Republican Study Committee in the House, is considering a bid for president in 2016.

His speech in Berlin, while focused on trade relations between Indiana and Germany, took direct aim at the administration's "reset" with Russia. That was one of the major initiatives of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who's already being widely considered as the likely Democratic nominee if she chooses to run.

"Safeguarding freedom and security has been central to the mission of NATO and the prosperity of the West for more than half a century. With continued instability in the Middle East, and [Russian President Vladimir] Putin's aggression in Ukraine, I believe we must take immediate steps to strengthen our mutual security by deploying a robust missile defense in all of Europe - including Poland and the Czech Republic - to protect the interests of our NATO allies and the United States in the region," Pence said.

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