Indiana Governor Mike Pence says his decision to talk with the feds about expanding pre-k had more to do with keeping his word with Indiana lawmakers than it did with the upcoming election.

Pence sent a letter to the federal government saying he would be interested in pursuing funding for pre-k, back in 2014 the Governor turned down the opportunity for an $80 million grant.

Democrats have pounced on the Governor’s decision, accusing him of flip-flopping on the issue.

Pence says he promised lawmakers that he would not expand pre-K until the results of the pilot program were in.

You can hear the Governor’s comments in the Leon-Tailored Audio above.  It runs about 10 minutes.