Scratch Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder from the list of possible Republican presidential candidates.
“I do not have plans to run for president in 2016,” he said Thursday evening. Snyder had stirred speculation last month, and as a Midwestern governor re-elected in a swing state, was seen as a potentially strong contender.
He maintained “our work is not done and there are still historic issues to solve.”
Instead, the Detroit Free Press reported, Snyder said, “I will focus my attention on continuing Michigan's reinvention. I will continue to tell Michigan's comeback story nationally because our reinvention should not be unique to just our state. In addition, being loud and proud about Michigan can help grow our state by attracting more investment, businesses, and new residents.
"While too much of our political system is focused on partisan fights, Michigan has been using what I call 'Relentless Positive Action' to solve problems. Michigan's comeback is the blueprint for job creation, balanced and drama-free budgets and effective, efficient, accountable government."
At least 19 prominent Republicans have either joined the presidential race or are considering it, including Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Eleven are scheduled to speak Saturday at the South Carolina Freedom Summit in Greenville, South Carolina. South Carolina hosts the first 2016 primary in the South.