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Mike Pence doesn't rule out White House bid in 2016

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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence declined to rule out running for president in 2016 during a Sunday morning interview.

The first-term Republican chief executive, a favorite of conservatives who spent a dozen years in Congress before ascending to the Indiana governor's mansion, has been mentioned as a possible dark horse GOP presidential candidate. Asked directly on Fox News Sunday whether he was considering a 2016 run, Pence sidestepped the question, saying he was focused on electing GOP governors in 2014 and doing his job as governor.

Here is what Pence told Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace when the veteran journalist pressed the governor on this topic:

“I’m always humbled and flattered anytime I’m mentioned for the highest office in the land, but I honesty think much of that talk is the result of the progress the people of Indiana have been making. I mean, the fact is, we have the lowest unemployment rate in the Midwest, we’ve demonstrated the ability to balance our budgets, cut taxes even while we invest in expanded educational opportunities and infrastructure. So, I’ll take the compliment to heart but I will to defer it to the progress the people of Indiana have made and we’ll stay focused here at home.”

Added Pence: “My focus is entirely on the future of the people of Indiana; we’ll let my future take care of itself.”

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