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Governor Pence gaining national GOP attention

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INDIANAPOLIS -

Governor Mike Pence is getting some push to run for president.

On Saturday, he will be speaking for all Republicans as he gives the response to the president's weekly address. But he's also getting a little push-back.

It is a classic case of he said-she said, except in this case one happens to be the governor and the other the superintendent of public instruction.

Republican Governor Pence is in the national spotlight this week, but Glenda Ritz has put a little damper on any presidential ambitions by implying he isn't playing well with Democrats.

Governor Pence seemed to be on a roll. He taped his response to the weekly presidential address that will air this weekend on Thursday and then outlined what Americans will hear from him on Saturday.

"So much of the debate over health care, I wanted people around the country to know that in 30 states led by Republican Governors we are promoting fresh things on a broad range of issues," he said.

Then there was the cover of TownHall, a conservative online magazine featuring a front page color photo touting him for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. He says he will never pass up any opportunity to talk about Indiana's success story.

"You say you want to tell that story around the country. Does that include Iowa and New Hampshire?" Eyewitness News asked.

"I have no travel plans that include those jurisdictions," he said.

Pence had just signed an executive order designed to improve education and workforce development by creating the Center for Education and Career Innovation. Surrounded by students from the Warren Central Walker Career Center, the governor he signed the order which will work to improve coordination between agencies and industry voices dealing with education.

It was a high profile, well-thought-out event that left just one thing out: Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz.

In fact, her office at the Department of Education issued a short statement shortly after the event, taking issue with the governor.

The statement reads, "Partnerships require communication. Unfortunately, Superintendent Ritz learned about the creation of this new agency through news reports, rather than from Governor Pence. Hoosier students would be better off if the Governor would work with her, rather than around her on this vital issue."

Later in the day Governor Pence issued a statement of his own saying that his staff did inform the Superintendent's staff prior to todays announcement. This is either very embarrassing, very political or both.

Read the full statements from Pence and Ritz here.

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