(CNN) - Indiana Gov. Mike Pence continued to duck questions Sunday on whether he would launch a campaign for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.
"My focus is entirely on the future of the people of Indiana. We'll let my future take care of itself," he said on "Fox News Sunday” when asked about his plans.
Pence, who spent 12 years as a member of Congress before being elected governor in 2012, considered running for the White House in 2012 but ultimately decided against it. He’s now one of a group of Republicans whose names pop up on lists of potential 2016 candidates.
"Let me be honest with you, I'm always humbled and flattered anytime I'm mentioned for the highest office in the land. But I honestly think much of that talk is the progress the people of Indiana have been making," he said.
Though Pence has dodged the 2016 question, in a speech Friday he sounded like someone campaigning for higher office. Addressing huge crowds of conservatives who flocked to the Hoosier capital for the National Rifle Association's annual meeting, Pence touted in broad strokes his state's achievements in fighting for liberty.
"Nowhere is that ongoing struggle for freedom more visible than the battle over the Second Amendment," he said at the meeting. "Firearms in the arms of hands of law-abiding citizens - they don't cause crime, they help fight crime."
Speaking to the anti-big government crowd, the GOP governor said Friday the longer he serves as a lawmaker, the more "I'm convinced change will come from the state capital."
That's a refrain Pence echoed in his interview on Sunday, and one that a few other Republican governors considering a bid in 2016, like Wisconsin’s Scott Walker, have used when asked about their presidential aspirations.
Pence is considered a dark horse for the 2016 presidential race, but has not ruled out a run. He is slated to speak to the GOP conventions in Wisconsin and Alabama in May and June, respectively.
Asked by host Chris Wallace about the meaning behind those speaking engagements, Pence again avoided talking about any plans for 2016.
"The character and caliber of leadership that's producing real results, and the time that I can spare away from focusing here in Indiana, electing and re-electing Republican governors," he said. "I really do believe the cure for what ails this country is going to come more from our nation's state capitals than it ever will from our nation's capital."