Gov. Nixon hasn't ruled out presidential run

Thursday, February 13, 2014 | 3:08 p.m. CST; updated 5:01 p.m. CST, Thursday, February 13, 2014

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon hasn't ruled out a potential campaign for president in 2016.

The Democratic governor is prohibited by term limits from seeking a third term in 2016 and has not said what he plans to do next.

When asked Thursday if he will run for president, Nixon said neither yes nor no. Instead, he said he is focused on what he can accomplish as governor before his term ends.

When asked again if he were leaving the door open for a presidential run, Nixon responded that he was pleased such questions are not greeted with laughter. But he declined to say either yes or no.

Since winning re-election in 2012, Nixon has shifted to the left on some issues, such as gay marriage and Medicaid expansion.

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