Pence’s mother says ‘not right now’ on run for pres­i­dent

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ST. MARY- OF-THEWOODS — In­di­ana Gov. Mike Pence’s mother says she thinks her son would make a good U.S. pres­i­dent — just not yet.

“Not right now. I want him to be my gover­nor for two terms,” Nancy Pence Fritsch told the Terre Haute Tri­bune Star Tues­day.

Af­ter that it would be “won­der­ful” if he ran for pres­i­dent, the 82-year- old Pence Fritsch said dur­ing a visit to see the gover­nor speak at St. Mary- of-theWoods Col­lege for a Terre Haute Cham­ber of Com­merce lun­cheon.

Pence noted he was “a lit­tle ner­vous” to have his mother in the au­di­ence. The Repub­li­can law­maker is serv­ing his first term as In­di­ana gover­nor. He was elected in 2012.

Pence has much to of­fer, his mother said.

“He is Repub­li­can, con­ser­va­tive and Chris­tian,” she said. “I think he’s a very hon­est and re­li­able man. God-fear­ing. Truth­ful. And he just al­ways sticks with his be­liefs. He doesn’t stray much from the Golden Rule. What you see is what you get.”

Pence Fritsch grad­u­ated from the col­lege’s dis­tance ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram in 1995, re­ceiv­ing a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in psy­chol­ogy.

She said she’s proud of her son, but that she has had to ad­just to be­ing in the public eye.

“It’s a lit­tle bit over­whelm­ing,” she said. “I told Michael re­cently I’m get­ting used to it.”

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Gov. Mike Pence left) hugs his mother Nancy Pence.

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