The Republican Jewish Coalition met yesterday in Las Vegas and Governor Rick Snyder (R-MI) was in attendance. Snyder has been on a national tour talking about the recovery in Michigan.
However yesterday morning, former Senator Norm Coleman (R-MI) told reporters, “I met with Rick Snyder yesterday. He’s running. He’s running.”
That statement sparked a flurry of articles and rumors that Snyder would be the next Republican to jump into the 2016 field.
However, Snyder’s camp is saying not so fast. Spokespeople for the Snyder camp said they could not confirm that Snyder is jumping into the presidential race. Instead, they say, he is watching the field shape-up and has not made a decision for himself yet. Jarrod Agen, communications director for Governor Snyder, said that the Michigan governor was “hoping a common sense problem solver emerges.“
While Snyder has not officially made a decision regarding a 2016 bid, he certainly is acting like a presidential candidate or at least one testing the waters. He has been traveling the country speaking about Michigan’s reinvention. Agen said that the feedback to Snyder was “excellent” at the Las Vegas Republican Jewish Coalition meeting and that the governor’s actions have been “helping change the perception of the state nationally.“
In January of this year, Snyder’s approval ratings stood at 37.9%. Michigan’s unemployment rate stood at 5.6% in March. In February, the unemployment rate stood at 6.3% for the Detroit area, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Detroit was one of the hardest hit cities by the economic recession due to the auto industry’s struggles. The city emerged from bankruptcy late last year.