Indiana's Mike Pence "Listening" to Calls for Presidential Bid

May 9, 2014

Indiana Governor Mike Pence
Credit Indiana Governor's Office

Indiana Governor Mike Pence says he is being pressed by supporters to make a White House bid. 

A front page story of the Washington Post says the Republican governor is making the moves of a potential 2016 presidential contender that includes being a loud critic of the national Common Core education standards.  Pence is also on a speaking circuit across the country, though not necessarily in early primary states. 

Pence tells the newspaper that supporters have reached out to him in the last few months and that "I'm listening.” 

Pence served 12 years in Congress before being elected governor of Indiana.  Now in his first term, he will be up for re-election in 2016. 

The 54-year-old Pence is joined by several Republicans undecided on a presidential run, including Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, who this week, was tied for first place with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush in a national poll.