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Pence plans 5 stops in county today

Pundits speculate governor planning presidential bid

Gov. Mike Pence might be spotted more times today than a spring robin.

Pence has scheduled five appearances in Allen County.

At 10:45 a.m., he will visit Neighborhood Health Clinics on South Calhoun Street.

At 11:30, he will speak at the Fort Wayne Urban League Business Luncheon at Grand Wayne Center.

At 1 p.m., he will speak at New Haven’s Orchid Reception Hall for the dedication of the Phyllis J. Pond Memorial Highway. The stretch of U.S. 24 from U.S. 30 to the Indiana-Ohio state line has been named for Pond, a 35-year state legislator from New Haven who died in September.

At 2:30, Pence will be at the Air National Guard’s 122nd Fighter Wing for the ceremonial signing of House Enrolled Act 1242, which outlaws employment discrimination against military veterans, reservists and members of the National Guard.

And at 6 p.m., the governor will attend the Allen County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner at Ceruti’s Summit Park. Pence is the keynote speaker for the annual GOP fundraiser.

Pence has been on a public speaking binge recently. He appeared on “Fox News Sunday” and spoke Friday at the National Rifle Association’s national convention in Indianapolis. During a recent state trade mission to Germany, Pence spoke in Berlin about Russia’s aggression toward Ukraine.

He is scheduled to speak at the Wisconsin Republican Party convention in May and the Alabama GOP convention in June.

Pundits have speculated that the first-term governor and former congressman might be preparing for a possible run at the presidency in 2016. CNN’s Dana Davidsen wrote Sunday that Pence’s NRA speech “sounded like someone campaigning for higher office.”

The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin wrote Monday that, judging by his comments on “Fox News Sunday,” Pence “sure sounds like a guy thinking about running for president.”

When asked about his political plans, Pence told “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace: “My focus is entirely on the future of the people of Indiana. We’ll let my future take care of itself.”

bfrancisco@jg.net

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