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Saturday, 25 April 2015 15:33

Speculation remains whether Gov. Snyder will run for POTUS

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A report in an international news publication claims that Gov. Rick Snyder is going to run for President in 2016.

But when asked to confirm whether the Michigan Republican would throw his hat into the increasingly crowded GOP field, a Snyder spokesperson wouldn’t directly address the issue.

Discussing the rumors that Snyder plans to run “only leads to further speculation. … The governor is fired up to be the governor,” said Dave Murray, Snyder’s deputy press secretary, in a phone call with MiBiz.

Earlier today, The Guardian reported that Snyder would be entering the race, citing former Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman, who told reporters in Las Vegas that Snyder is running.

Snyder was in Las Vegas on Friday at the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) as part of a nationwide tour touting “Michigan’s comeback.” This tour has lead to considerable speculation in recent weeks that Snyder would be announcing his intention to run.

“Gov. Snyder is traveling the country to tell the remarkable Michigan comeback story. The country can learn from the historic reinvention of Michigan and the Governor is working to change the perception of the state nationally,” the governor’s office said in an emailed statement to MiBiz, adding that the feedback Snyder got at RJC was well-received. “The Governor indicated that he’s watching the presidential race closely and hoping a common-sense problem-solver emerges, but he has not made any decisions about entering the field at this time.”

A number of GOP Midwestern governors such as Scott Walker of Wisconsin and John Kasich of Ohio have been speculated to be running as well, although neither have formally announced their intentions to run.

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Editor’s note: This story has been changed from its original version. 

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