February 23rd, 2014
10:38 AM ET
9 years ago

Who’s ruling out a 2016 bid?

(CNN) – On CNN’s “State of the Union,” four governors were asked Sunday whether they want to rule out a presidential bid.

Republican Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana, considered a dark horse for the 2016 presidential race, didn’t directly answer the question.

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“I haven't spent one second thinking about any job other than the one I was hired to do,” he told CNN’s chief political correspondent, Candy Crowley.

For his answer, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who’s openly considering a 2016 presidential run, simply said “no.”

The outgoing Republican governor, who ran in the GOP presidential primary last cycle, is heading to Iowa again next week, sparking further speculation that he has his eyes on another national campaign. Perry also visited the state, which holds the first presidential primary contest, in November.

Gov. Jay Nixon, D-Missouri, said he’s focused on his job as governor, adding that he’s hopeful former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton jumps in.

“We'll look forward to working with her, but we really do have a lot to get done in the next three years in the Show-Me State,” he said.

Democratic Gov. Dan Malloy of Connecticut was more direct in his response: “I am not going to be a candidate for president.”

Malloy is eligible to run for re-election this year but has not announced whether he plans to seek another term

The governors are in Washington for the annual winter meeting of the National Governors Association.

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Filed under: 2016 • Dan Malloy • Jay Nixon • Mike Pence • Rick Perry • TV-State of the Union
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. ThinkAgain - If you want Congress to actually do something FOR the American people, vote OUT the repub/tea bag majority

    The whole repub/tea bag field should rule out a bid. They will try to suppress voter turnout, spend almost two years lying about President Obama and throw their most outrageous candidates at us, but NOTHING will change the fact that their economic, military and foreign policies are all PROVEN FAILURES.

    And that pesky 13% approval rating for repub/tea bag majority Congress? Simple to fix: Vote them all out.

    February 23, 2014 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S.F.

    In FL district 19, the republican who is running to replace alcoholic drug abuser, Trey Radel, is a man named Clawson. After the president saved the auto industry, Curt headed a company making auto rims. Now he promises if he wins, he will repeal Obamacare and cut government spending. Out of touch with our voters, but he is backed by billionaires.

    February 23, 2014 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  3. Gunderson

    Awso Palladun,
    You want more of same in country. Nobody at switch now. Sorry bout drought in California. Maybe you move Texas, no? Union got busted in Tennessee. See Honda build plant in Mexico. Old Gunderson need more wine. Guess have go elsewhere. See Obama Care real winner. Help workers go part time. Now have time to Compose, Paint, Write, Take long walks, consume more wine. Really great good no? Maybe flatten hills in San Francisco.

    February 23, 2014 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  4. The Republican Party Is Dead To Me

    The three Stooge's plus one.

    February 23, 2014 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  5. The right wing have lost their damned minds

    As long as Perry or Pence stay out and other fringe governors trying to take rights away..We will see who will be presented on the clown stage..

    February 23, 2014 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  6. Gurgyl

    Absolutely none of these idiots are worth my DIME. Just go away.

    February 23, 2014 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  7. Thomas

    Republicans ,Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana ,

    Dinosaurs ! NOT RINO's

    How could any politician who is in denial about climate change have a chance of being elected president ?

    Rick Perry / Sarah Palin 2016
    God gave Humans the right to kill anything on the planet !

    February 23, 2014 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  8. Name Uche Agonsi

    For these GOPers, its a long long road to WH. They need to ask Romney, McCain and maybe Palin how rough the road is too.

    February 23, 2014 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  9. king

    old company thief Ricky, your states have more oil than Iraq, yet your citizens are among the poorest in the country,without healthcare. i wonder if people counts in your states. or is it about sucking every dime out of the economy to give to these oil giants so they can invest in china. no wonder why you repubs policies never works. because giving money to the rich and leaving the spenders with empty pockets, never works.

    February 23, 2014 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |