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Local Analyst To Future President Candidates: 'Just Run'

Oval office

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s announcement this week that he is actively exploring a presidential bid is causing ripple effects as the 2016 electoral picture begins taking shape.

Pete Seat is a former spokesman for the Indiana Republican Party, Sen. Dan Coats, R-Indiana, and the Bush administration.

He says presidents can’t defer decisions of international or national importance once they’re in office, so he asks why presidential candidates should get to do so when deciding to run.

“If an individual believes that he or she is the most capable of occupying the Oval Office and the role of President of the United States, they should just run for the job,” Seat says.

Seat says that includes Gov. Mike Pence, who’s received lots of attention regarding a potential candidacy but says he won’t decide until next year.

Don Cogman is the author of "Run Mitch, Run" about former Gov. Mitch Daniels’ near-candidacy for president. Cogman, who was part of the circle of advisors for Daniels’ decision, says it’s not just the candidate who has to make the choice.

“It’s a difficult decision and it just depends on the family situation and sort of where they are in that particular stage of their life,” Cogman says.

Seat acknowledges that the upcoming legislative session could delay Pence’s decision but notes there’s rarely a perfect time for candidates to announce they’re running for president.

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