Skip to comments.Mike Pence Steps Down From House GOP Leadership, Possible 2012 Run
Posted on 11/03/2010 10:34:20 PM PDT by Sonny M
Congressman Mike Pence, a respected national pro-life leader, is stepping down from his position as chairman of the House Republican Conference one day after a huge win for pro-life and Republican candidates.
The move doesnt come from any problems associated with the incoming Republican leaders or Pence but is seen as a potential step towards a gubernatorial bid in Indiana or a possible 2012 presidential race.
Pence has already said he doesnt believe its fair to House Republicans to split his attention between the duties of a leadership post and a potential bid for higher office.
Pence informed fellow House Republicans in a Dear Colleague letter today that he would leave the third-ranking position in the GOP, which could have allowed him to become Majority Whip in the new House.
I am writing to inform you that, after much prayerful consideration, I have decided not to seek reelection as chairman of the House Republican Conference, Pence said, adding he has new opportunities to pursue.
As we consider new opportunities to serve Indiana and our nation in the years ahead, I have come to realize that it may not be possible to complete an entire term as conference chairman, he wrote.
In a Fox News interview this morning, Pence said the House Republican majority would make attempting to repeal ObamaCare a top priority.
Republicans will not rest until we repeal ObamaCare lock stock and barrel, Pence said.
Asked if he would consider a potential presidential run, Pence demurred and said he will prayerfully consider whatever the future may bring.
Pence could seek the gubernatorial post currently held by pro-life Gov. Mitch Daniels, who is himself a potential Republican presidential candidate though he hurt himself with talk of a social issues truce on issues like abortion.
But it is Pences potential as a presidential candidate that already has pro-life advocates excited so much so that he came in first place in the Values Voters Summit straw poll of hundreds of pro-life and conservative activists.
Pence ultimately finished with 24 percent of the vote at the pro-family event good enough to rise above the most talked about presidential hopefuls. Mike Huckabee finished a close second, Mitt Romney came in third, Newt Gingrich fourth and Sarah Palin fifth.
Whether Pence remains a GOP leader, runs for governor or considers a presidential bid, his resolute pro-life position is crystal clear, especially when it comes to the potential truce.
Now I know some say that Republicans should stay away from such issues this year that the American people are focused on jobs and spending and our movement would do well to stand aside, bank the win and return to fight after this fiscal and economic crisis has passed, he said during the Values Voter Summit.
But we do not live in a world where an American leader can just focus on our financial ledger. A political party that would govern this great nation must be able to handle more than one issue at a time. We must focus on our fiscal crisis and support our troops. We must work to create jobs and protect innocent human life, he continued.
Pence added, To those who say we should focus on cutting spending, I say Ok, lets start by denying all federal funding for abortion at home and abroad! Stop funding research that destroys human embryos in the name of science, and lets deny any and all funding to Planned Parenthood of America.
We must not remain silent when great moral battles are being waged. Those who would have us ignore the battle being fought over life have forgotten the lessons of history. As in the days of a House divided, Americas darkest moments have come when economic arguments trumped moral principles, he said. Men and women, we must demand, here and now, that the leaders of the Republican Party stand for life and to do so without apology.
Pence expressed strong appreciation for the election victories Republicans and pro-life candidates won on Tuesday.
Tonight belongs to the American people. This election victory belongs to millions of Americans who stood up, spoke out and said enough is enough and would no longer tolerate an imperial Congress that ignored the will of the people, he said in a statement emailed to LifeNews.com.
Republicans have not just been given a new majority in Congress, Republicans have been given a second chance, Pence continued.
House Republicans will welcome our new generation of leaders with open arms and work every day to deserve the confidence the American people have placed in us. And we will work to re-establish American exceptionalism rather than denying or apologizing for it, he said.
Anybody want to start a new draft Pence movement now ?
Not that I am bashing Mitch Daniels, though I'm not the happiest guy with him right now.......
I’d rather see Pence run for Prez than Mitch, by a long shot.
Pence is more likely to run for Governor. As much as I like Becky Skillman, she’s a far better Administrator than a candidate.
He’ll be up against Damaged Goods Ellsworth, unless Pat Bauer can’t put his ego aside.
I am not informed on the derails - but my intuition tells me something is amiss here!
Why not wait until sometime in 2011 to make this move? just asking.
I believe Pence is a real patriot, BTW
Pence would be a great president. He is one of the few who grasps what a president should be.
Pence ultimately finished with 24 percent of the vote at the pro-family event good enough to rise above the most talked about presidential hopefuls. Mike Huckabee finished a close second...
Kudos to Pence, but it's sickening to hear that Huckabee would have support from a straw poll of "pro-life and conservative activists." Huckabee's clemency record in Arkansas was just about as liberal as you can get. He parachuted into more than a thousand cases and replaced the judgment of the judge and jury with his own arrogance. And as far as being pro-life, Huckabee is a major reason why four of our police officers here in Washington state are dead. They were ambushed and murdered by one of Huckabee's clemency recipients. Huckabee is a member of the religious LEFT. No *intelligent* conservative activist would ever support someone as liberal and as dangerous as Huckabee.
Pence is a good man but we have some Duncan Hunter syndrome here. House members no name recognition in the rest of the country ever heard of has zero shot at Prez.
Governor of Indiana for a term or two would make Pence an even stronger candidate for president. I am thinking long-term.
No Sh!t. I’m a gut instinct guy and the Huckster just creeps me out. Like Obama and the Clintons I mute the TV when Huck starts to yap. Can’t say why it’s just a gut check that all my family says is 100% when it comes to human judgement. Huck is bad news.
I feel the same way!
My nickname for Huckabee in 2008 was "Elmer Gantry", if you get my drift...