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Ex-Maryland Gov. Ehrlich Dances Around Possible 2016 GOP Run

By    |   Thursday, 02 October 2014 03:29 PM

He's not exactly saying it, but former Maryland Gov. Bob Ehrlich appears to be inching closer to a run for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.

Ehrlich — appearing Thursday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV — artfully dodged and weaved when asked about whether he's eying the White House.

But the 56-year-old Republican admitted he's taking another trip to New Hampshire, which holds the first primary in the U.S. presidential election cycle, to test the waters.

"My original trip … two weeks ago, was typically a function of the New Hampshire party," he said.

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"Some of the leaders up there, some with Maryland connections in the past, invited me to go up, give a series of speeches, do some 'get out the vote' activities, do some interviews.

"I gave a couple of speeches, the speeches have now in turn led to three more invitations to revisit New Hampshire. I'll be back up next week."

During his next trip, he said he plans more dialogues about, "where our country's going."

"Obviously being able to go up to New Hampshire with all the attention that state generates this early juncture of the cycle helps," he said.

But while the clock ticks towards 2016, Ehrlich insisted he's not on a tight schedule to make a decision in what could be a crowded GOP playing field.

"It's step one and there is no time table…. It has to be organic, it has to be people like your message, and what you have to say, and they think you might have something obviously to give the country."

Asked by Malzberg whether he would make a good president, Ehrlich demurred.

"I'm not going to say that, but I was a pretty good governor," he said.

Ehrlich — who was the Old Line State's 60th governor from 2003 to 2007 before his defeat to Democrat Martin O'Malley — also weighed on the Ebola crisis and how the United States should handle it.

"This is pretty easy to do in one sense. I would let my health secretary, the leading scientist in his field, dictate the political decisions, the public policy decisions that are made," he said.

"I'm a lawyer, I play a juris doctor. Quite frankly, most governors are lawyers. The president's a lawyer. So you listen to your medical professionals and you render public policy decisions as a function of what they tell you."

"You would hope that the science would dictate the political decisions here."

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