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GOP convention is "silent starting gun" for Illinois governor's race

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TAMPA, FL -- U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL) on Thursday said it was too early to predict gubernatorial front-runners emerging among Republicans but without question: "what you're hearing right now is a silent starting gun."

Roskam made the remarks following an Illinois delegation breakfast at the third and final day of the Republican National Convention.

"Your guess is as good as mine. You've seen a little bit of a prelude here," he said, describing U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) as "one of several candidates that's in the mix."

"I think that the next Republican candidate for governor has to lay out a clear fiscal plan, in contrast to how Gov. Quinn ... is running the state," Roskam said.

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