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Pence Closer to Stepping Away From GOP Leadership
National Journal ^ | 27 Oct 2010 | Billy House

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 GOP’s 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 conference’s new governing manifesto.

(Excerpt) Read more at nationaljournal.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: gop; indiana; pence; politics
"The Indiana conservative may be motivated not only by aspirations for higher office, but aggravations over internal House GOP maneuverings." I wonder how true that is.
1 posted on 10/27/2010 11:54:46 AM PDT by mandaladon
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To: mandaladon

I hope he’s considering a run for President. He’d get my vote.


2 posted on 10/27/2010 11:56:55 AM PDT by ScottinVA (The West needs to act NOW to aggressively treat its metastasizing islaminoma!)
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To: mandaladon

hmmm. I like Pence enough. Just not sure which higher office I would like him in??? VP?


3 posted on 10/27/2010 11:58:04 AM PDT by GoCards ("We eat therefore we hunt...")
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To: mandaladon

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.


4 posted on 10/27/2010 11:58:04 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: ScottinVA

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.


5 posted on 10/27/2010 11:59:18 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Some, believing they can't be deceived, it's nigh impossible to convince them when they're deceived.)
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To: mandaladon

As a fellow Hoosier I’d take him as either one (with the Governorship leading to the Presidency).


6 posted on 10/27/2010 12:00:47 PM PDT by wordsofearnest (Brad Ellsworth is giving Indiana a twofer.)
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To: mandaladon

President Pence...has a nice ring to it!


7 posted on 10/27/2010 12:01:37 PM PDT by Deo volente (God willing, America will survive this Obamination.)
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To: mandaladon

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?


8 posted on 10/27/2010 12:02:16 PM PDT by DrC
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To: mandaladon

I hope he’s planning to run for Speaker on a separate slate.


9 posted on 10/27/2010 12:03:45 PM PDT by Servant of the Cross (I'm with Jim DeMint ... on the fringe baby!)
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To: GoCards
Palin/Pence rolls off the tongue easier than Pence/Palin...
:-)
10 posted on 10/27/2010 12:05:11 PM PDT by onemiddleamerican (FUBO - and all your terrorist buddies, too!)
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To: MHGinTN

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.


11 posted on 10/27/2010 12:06:36 PM PDT by Andrea19
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To: Servant of the Cross
Always remember that technically the Speaker of the House need not be a member of the House. It's a tradition that a representative be chosen as Speaker.
12 posted on 10/27/2010 12:10:10 PM PDT by Andrea19
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To: All
THE LINCOLNESQUE MIKE PENCE

"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

13 posted on 10/27/2010 12:11:23 PM PDT by Liz (Nov 2 will be one more stitch in Obama's political shroud.)
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To: mandaladon

If not running for POTUS, Mike, please challenge RINO Lugar!


14 posted on 10/27/2010 12:25:53 PM PDT by rfp1234
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
"Boehner and Cantor""
Somebody take these two ani out back and show'em the stick. Boehner has been drinking so much so long that his brain is dead. Cantor? No excuse for this young vermin who made encouraging conservative noises to get elected, and went RINO PDQ.

If Pence won't be Speaker, who else we got?

15 posted on 10/27/2010 12:32:10 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk (Revive The Poll Tax and Literacy Requirement for voter registration.)
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To: mandaladon
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 conference’s new governing manifesto.

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.

16 posted on 10/27/2010 12:33:20 PM PDT by lonevoice (Those who dance are considered insane by those who can't hear the music)
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To: mandaladon
"Pence thinks he is a viable candidate for president because he has what aides describe as the perfect conservative voting record during the Obama and Bush administrations."


Although many GOP elected officials are now opposing Obama's big government advances, Pence was one of the very few who stayed true to the principles of limited government when the advances were being promoted by President Bush. I remember his being "taken to the woodshed" on a few occasions when he had the audacity to insist that the GOP leadership remain true its professed conservative ideals. Pence has shown that he will stick to opposing big government even when it comes from his own party. DeMint is another one who I can say this about, but there are precious few others. I hope one of these two runs in 2012 as I want a tried and true limited government conservative back in charge of the GOP again.
17 posted on 10/27/2010 12:37:26 PM PDT by rob777
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To: mandaladon

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.


18 posted on 10/27/2010 12:38:28 PM PDT by Soul Seeker ( I was there when we had the numbers, but didn’t have the principles.---Jim DeMint)
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To: DrC

But Anderson lost, didn’t he.


19 posted on 10/27/2010 12:39:07 PM PDT by Ex-Democrat Dean
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To: mandaladon
I tweeted him and told him that before he moves out of leadership he needs to have a LOT of TEA Party support otherwise, WE THE PEOPLE, will not accept his candidacy.

Remember, We The People, will NOT allow ANYONE else to choose OUR Candidates . . . not the Candidates themselves, not the MSM, not even Sarah Palin. WE CHOOSE.
20 posted on 10/27/2010 1:27:43 PM PDT by HighlyOpinionated (ARREST Barry Dunham Soetoro "Soebarkah" Barack Hussein Muhammad Obama for FRAUD!)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

I liked Cantor before I don’t like Cantor.


21 posted on 10/27/2010 1:35:17 PM PDT by lonestar
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To: mandaladon

most recently when he and his staff were excluded from helping to design the “Pledge to America,” the conference’s 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..

BONUS:

(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!


22 posted on 10/27/2010 1:36:33 PM PDT by JSDude1
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To: mandaladon
I think he's telling the RINOS:

(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).

23 posted on 10/27/2010 1:55:31 PM PDT by Wuli
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To: Ex-Democrat Dean

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.


24 posted on 10/27/2010 2:22:56 PM PDT by DrC
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To: Andrea19

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.


25 posted on 10/27/2010 8:07:26 PM PDT by dsutah
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To: dsutah

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.


26 posted on 10/29/2010 8:49:03 AM PDT by Andrea19
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