Pence: Weekly GOP Address a Chance to "Showcase Indiana"
Governor is fifth Hoosier to give weekly broadcast this year
Gov. Mike Pence (WIBC.com file photo: Eric Berman)
For the fifth time this year, a Hoosier will deliver the weekly Republican radio address.
Governor Pence has plenty of experience handling the response to President Obama's weekly talk -- he did the honors six times while he was in Congress. He's the fifth Hoosier selected for the spotlight this year, following Indiana's three House freshmen -- Representatives Susan Brooks (R-5th), Jackie Walorski (R-2nd) and Luke Messer (R-6th) -- and second-term Representative Todd Young (R-9th).
Pence says the party wanted a governor to do this week's address, and the Republican Governors Association asked him to do it. He says he'll contrast the struggles between the White House and Congress with what he calls innovative policy solutions from the country's 30 Republican governors, especially on health care.
Pence has been floated as a possible presidential candidate in 2016. He dismisses speculation about whether the address can raise his profile. He insists he hasn't "spent one second" thinking about a White House campaign.
But Pence says he hopes the address will draw national attention to Indiana and what the state's accomplished.