Skip to comments.Pence Closer to Stepping Away From GOP Leadership
Posted on 10/27/2010 11:54:44 AM PDT by mandaladon
House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence of Indiana is inching closer to his anticipated decision to step aside as the House GOPs third-ranked member, a move prompted by his aspirations for higher office as well as his growing irritation with the internal maneuverings of the House GOP.
Senior GOP aides say that while they are unaware of any move by Pence to officially inform Minority Leader John Boehner of his intention to vacate his conference post, they expect Pence to step aside when Republicans choose new leaders after the November 2 elections.
Should the Republicans win back the House on Tuesday, the position open behind Boehner as Speaker and Eric Cantor as majority leader would be that of House Majority Whip -- a job that essentially oversees lining up and counting votes on important legislation, especially those bills seen as important to leadership. But those duties would place significant time demands in Washington on a potential candidate for other office.
It has been well-known that Pence has been mulling possible bids in 2012 for governor or even president -- and that continues to play a main role in his thinking, according to sources. But Pence, 51, also has become agitated with some of the internal maneuverings of the GOP conference, most recently when he and his staff were excluded from helping to design the "Pledge to America," the conferences new governing manifesto.
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I hope he’s considering a run for President. He’d get my vote.
hmmm. I like Pence enough. Just not sure which higher office I would like him in??? VP?
I’m willing to bet that Pence is already disgusted at Cantor and Boehner’s inevitable plan to “reach across the aisle” and compromise with the same Rats who have locked Republicans out of committee meetings in 2009 and 2010.
It would be wise of We The People if Barry the Bastard is the LAST Senator elected to the presidency. Governors have at least managed an economy and dealt directly with the people.
As a fellow Hoosier I’d take him as either one (with the Governorship leading to the Presidency).
President Pence...has a nice ring to it!
This doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. In the 1970’s, House Republican chairman John B. Anderson parlayed his position into a 3rd party run in 1980. Used right, the conference chair can greatly enhance his own national visibility and influence party positions on issues. If Pence hasn’t figured out how to be a leader in this position, why does he suppose that he’ll do better in the WH?
I hope he’s planning to run for Speaker on a separate slate.
The only three sitting senators elected to be president in the last hundred years were Harding, Kennedy, and Obama. Truman and [LB] Johnson had been vice-presidents, then became president when the top of ticket died. Wilson, [FD] Roosevelt, Carter, Reagan, Clinton, and [GW] Bush were all governors who directly ran for president. Coolidge was a vice-president who then became president when Harding died. Make of this history what you wish; it’s a mix.
"The Presidency and the Constitution" (Cong. Mike Pence at Hillsdale College)
EXCERPT---The American Spectator | 9/20/10 FR Posted by hillsdale1
"The President of the United States of America bows to no man. You do not bow to kings. When in foreign lands, you do not criticize your own country. You do not argue the case against the United States, but, rather, the case for it. You do not apologize to the enemies of the United States. Should you be confused, know that a country, people, or region that harbors, shelters, supports, encourages, or cheers attacks upon our country, the slaughter of our children, our mothers, our fathers, our sisters, and brothers are enemies of the United States.
SOURCE LINK http://spectator.org/archives/2010/09/20/hillsdale-speech-on-the-presid/2
If not running for POTUS, Mike, please challenge RINO Lugar!
If Pence won't be Speaker, who else we got?
I must have been living in a cave when that got airplay from our conservative commentators. I don't even remember seeing any articles about it on FR. Any info about why and how this happened would be appreciated.
I’m not impressed.
He’s out positioning himself as a great conservative hope and that House has learned their lessons and then he plans to bail after the election when we NEED conservatives to rise up and stop the leadership from reverting to habit? I know DeMint is saying he won’t run for the Presidency and I have no reason not to believe him but if he were I doubt he would be backing down from the position when we need him MOST.
I don’t care what Pence’s future aspirations are. We need strong conservatives in the House and in the Senate for the upcoming battle with the establishment and I am NOT amused by this talk of him cutting and running now.
But Anderson lost, didn’t he.
I liked Cantor before I don’t like Cantor.
most recently when he and his staff were excluded from helping to design the “Pledge to America,” the conferences new governing manifesto.
No wonder it was milquetoast at best. The Republican party really is the ~stupid party, they would have been miles ahead if they had just released a new contract with America on strong common sense conservative principles like:
1) Boarders security, seal the boarder to all illigals (and drug smuggers/terrorists), no amnesty!
2) Repeal Obamacare,
3) Reduce the Federal Budget to 2002 levels.
4) Engergy Independece: do an all in approach
5) Make Permanent the Bush tax cuts-and even add a few on top of these.
6) Pleage to balance the budget, and then look for ways to reduce the deficit
7) Support pro life legislation like reversing the Mexico City Policy.
8) End the rest of the “Stimulus”
9) Pledge to protect marriage
10) Pledge to not support anymore unconstitutioanl legislation, make congress more accountable, read the bills, do not make unreadable bills, really “drain the swamp”, investigate fraud/government power abuse, investigage Obama and the previous congress, ect..
(11) Judicial reform), no judicial activism, sharia, foreign influence, impeachment if necessary of judges that veer from American law in their decisions.
If they had pledged to do these simple things, (they didn’t have to give 21 pages of details), and a few more-THEY WOULE BE IN EVEN BETTER SHAPE: Electorally!
(1) “YOU are NOT the cause of the majority you are about to obtain in the House.”
(2) “Keep your status-quo ways and status-quo policy preferences, keep your sense of entitlement simply due to your length of service, not your ideas and ideals, and you'll find me and those like me caucusing on our own, until we can get rid of some more of you in 2012.”
I think he has no spirit in him to preserve any power of RINOS for nothing other than, nothing more “principled” than mere “party unity”. He wants to be part of REAL change, not part of another disastrous GOP “majority” like the one that lost the House in 2006.
If the RINOS keep it up, someone “like a Pence” could be the GOPs twenty-first century “Teddy Roosevelt” (in terms of leading a “breakaway” party).
Sure, but there’s no reason to suppose he would have done better had he not been HRConference chair. My point was simply that being the 3rd ranking Republican in the House (even when they were in the minority) gave him a lot more visibility than your average House member.
Don’t forget GHWB; he was R.Reagan’s vice president for 8 yrs, then president for 4 years. He was from the House of Representatives before becoming vice-president.
A good point but one quibble. GHW Bush between being in the House and the vice-presidency held offices like Head of the CIA and Ambassador. In that sense he’s somewhat similar to Taft...who was also a one-termer.