Snyder: No Need for Re-election Announcement

FILE - In this July 19, 2013 file photo, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, right, and state-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr leave a news conference in Detroit after addressing the city's bankruptcy. The decision to make Detroit the largest U.S. city to file for bankruptcy protection was tough to make, but it was the right one, Snyder said Sunday, July 21, 2013, as he and Orr made the television talk show rounds. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
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So when is Governor Rick Snyder going to announce he's running for re-election?

Wednesday, at an end-of-the-year sit down with, I asked the Governor why he hasn't said if he's in or he's out yet.

"I've been busy being Governor," Snyder said. "The way I view it is there's no need at this point. I want to stay focused on governor and I want people to appreciate this is my main position and I'm staying focused on it."

Snyder told me he'll announce at some point before April. That gives Mark Schauer a long head start in the way of campaigning. Schauer declared in May and is the only Democrat in the race thus far.

Having someone else out there campaigning doesn't worry Snyder.

"I would expect someone to run," he said laughingly. "I just take that as part of the territory."

The Governor acknowledged this is the first time he's held an elected office so he's learning as he goes. He also doesn't think he'll have trouble legislating *and* campaigning at the same time when and if he runs for another term.

The biggest issue he faced in 2013 was the state's biggest city declaring for bankruptcy. Detroit has the potential to set a dangerous precedent for Michigan and the nation by allowing municipalities to go under and leave its workers and their retirement funds in limbo.

Snyder doesn't think this will prompt other cities to declare bankruptcy to get out from under their pension obligations.

"Detroit was relatively unique in terms of the huge amount of debt issues they've had," Snyder said. "We have some other challenges in other cities and school districts, but that number of entities has stayed fairly level and in fact we've exited a couple of cities with emergency managers-- Ecorse and Pontiac-- in terms of leaving those communities.

"So as the economy recovers, hopefully we're going to be able to work through this."

The Governor's optimism not wavering as he enters the final year of his first term.

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