Skip to comments.Hillsdale Prof. Paul Rahe @ BigGovt: Mike Pence at Hillsdale: 'The Presidency and the Constitution
Posted on 09/23/2010 8:20:19 AM PDT by hillsdale1
Congressman Mike Pence spoke at Hillsdale College Monday night at the invitation of the Young Republicans. I attended the dinner held in his honor before the talk, briefly chatted with him, and listened with care and interest to his talk which had as its subject the Presidency and the Constitution.
Pence, who has represented Indianas ninth district in Congress since 2001, attended Hanover College not far from Madison, Indiana where my grandfather once owned a dry goods store. There, I knew, he had studied with my friend G. M. Curtis. On that ground alone, I figured that he might be worth hearing.
Pence is exceptionally articulate. Before entering Congress, he had done a six-year-long stint as a talk-radio host. In Congress, he emerged quickly as a conservative leader. To his great credit, he voted against two initiatives pressed by George W. Bush No Child Left Behind and the prescription drug benefit and, in 2005, he was unanimously elected the chairman of the conservative Republican Study Group.
In 2006, Pence ran against John Boehner for the post of minority leader in the House, calling for the Republican Party to return to its small-government ideology, and he lost. Two years later, however, in a move suggestive of Pences stature and of Boehners wiliness, the new minority leader recruited his onetime rival to head the House Republican Conference Group. For this office, Pence ran unopposed.
Pences lecture Monday night was impressive.
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I hope he runs. DeMint is another that I have my eye on.