Former Republican Congressman and Maryland Gov. Bob Ehrlich said he is considering seeking the 2016 Republican presidential nomination and has embarked on a "listening tour," The Daily Caller
"There are two definitions of listening tour," Ehrlich told the Caller. "One is phony, I've made my mind up and I am pretending to do a listening tour.
"And the other is what we are doing, taking those invitations, seeing how people react to my style, my views, my record, my platform, my personality, my approach."
Ehrlich attended last week's Conservative Political Action Conference and also has been visiting early primary states including New Hampshire.
Ehrlich told the Caller that most of the GOP presidential field is in broad agreement on the issues, so what matters is the candidate's strategic approach and personal style. He said he writes his own speeches and does not shift his views to curry favor.
Ehrlich was governor from 2003 to 2007, but lost his re-election race to Democrat Martin O'Malley. He tried and failed to unseat O'Malley in 2010.
He went on to head Mitt Romney's Maryland campaign in 2012. In 2007, he had backed former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani's presidential aspirations.
The former governor said that "being back in the private sector" has been a positive experience, allowing him to spend time with his family and to write a book.
Deciding whether to run for the GOP presidential nomination involves "getting in front of a lot of audiences" and "figuring out whether on a personal level I want to do this."
It's also about whether he believes he would make a "viable candidate," he said.
Should he make the "hard call" and decide to run, Ehrlich is confident that he will be able to raise the necessary money. "I've never gotten into a race for any other purpose than to win," he told the Caller.
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