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GOP's Pence to decide on 2012 bid after new year
Wash Post ^ | 11/7/10 | staff

Posted on 11/15/2010 9:35:44 AM PST by pissant

WASHINGTON -- Indiana Rep. Mike Pence, a potential GOP contender for the White House in 2012, says he'll make a decision after Jan. 1 about whether to enter the race.

Pence, who's stepping down as the No. 3 House Republican leader, says he's "humbled" by encouragement that he consider running.

He tells ABC's "This Week" that he'll seek guidance from God as he decides his political future.

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


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: pence; penceworship
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1 posted on 11/15/2010 9:35:48 AM PST by pissant
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To: pissant

I thought he was going to run for Indiana Governor.


2 posted on 11/15/2010 9:37:03 AM PST by SMCC1
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To: SMCC1

He’s contemplating both.


3 posted on 11/15/2010 9:37:53 AM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: SMCC1

I heard that too


4 posted on 11/15/2010 9:38:14 AM PST by therightliveswithus
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To: pissant

I like Pence.


5 posted on 11/15/2010 9:38:37 AM PST by samtheman
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To: pissant

Pence is a great guy. He could win gov position easily.


6 posted on 11/15/2010 9:39:43 AM PST by dforest
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To: pissant

there is going to be 10,000 folks running for prez LOL


7 posted on 11/15/2010 9:39:52 AM PST by rrrod (at home in Medellin Colombia)
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To: pissant

He and Daniels are friends, I would support either one for a run at it.


8 posted on 11/15/2010 9:44:09 AM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: SMCC1

That’s a better idea for him.


9 posted on 11/15/2010 9:45:17 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: rrrod

Pence needs to stay out! Congressmen don't get elected President. And only 2 Senators in last 60 years. Pence will just split the conservative vote and give us Romney.


10 posted on 11/15/2010 9:45:26 AM PST by RED SOUTH
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To: RED SOUTH

Which other conservatives are running?


11 posted on 11/15/2010 9:47:26 AM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: Abathar

Both decent and competent guys. Hoosiers should be proud.

I don’t think either is cut out to become president, but who’s to say a run isn’t the right thing for them to do?


12 posted on 11/15/2010 9:48:18 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: RED SOUTH

Or the huckster. It will be a free for all when it starts.
At this point it looks like Barbour and Palin will split the conservative votes. If the huckster gets in with his cult Romney could be the winner. Ruins my day just thinking about it.


13 posted on 11/15/2010 9:51:54 AM PST by rrrod (at home in Medellin Colombia)
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To: pissant

Pence will always do whatever he thinks is in his own best interest. He’s a lot like Romney.


14 posted on 11/15/2010 9:59:03 AM PST by Crichton
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To: Crichton

I can think of no similarities between the two. Palin and Mitt, yeah, but not Pence.


15 posted on 11/15/2010 10:00:42 AM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: pissant

NO CONGRESSMEN OR SENATORS FOR PRESIDENT!


16 posted on 11/15/2010 10:01:00 AM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (The Republic of the United States of America)
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To: pissant
You and others were calling Pence a RINO back in 2006 when he proposed the Pence-Hutchinson immigration bill.

Now all of a sudden he's the 2nd coming.

17 posted on 11/15/2010 10:02:36 AM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (The Republic of the United States of America)
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To: pissant
I like Pence, but he has virtually no chance of becoming president in 2012. The last man to go straight from the House to the Oval Office (as a sitting Representative) was Garfield. Williams Jennings Bryant was the last to actually secure a major party nomination as a sitting Representative. But he lost, all three times he tried.

Pence should run for Governor. His stock would go way up with some executive experience.

18 posted on 11/15/2010 10:02:46 AM PST by OldDeckHand
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

He was an idiot for proposing that “compromise”. But unless DeMint or Hunter runs, he’ll still have the best record on immigration. Beats Palin’s amnesty, anyway.


19 posted on 11/15/2010 10:05:39 AM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: OldDeckHand

IF exec experience is what you want, then say hello to Huck or Mitt. I’d vote for my cat first.


20 posted on 11/15/2010 10:07:27 AM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Or 1/2 term governors.


21 posted on 11/15/2010 10:08:32 AM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: pissant
"IF exec experience is what you want, then say hello to Huck or Mitt. I’d vote for my cat first."

It's not a question of "what I want", it's a matter of what is politically viable. History tells us quite convincingly that sitting Representatives virtually never secure their party's nomination, and when they do, they lose convincingly. That's just the practical political reality.

If you can't get elected from the House, then your only alternatives are either to become a governor, a Senator, or to enter private enterprise in some kind of leadership role. Those are Pence's options, and I suspect he'll choose door #1.

22 posted on 11/15/2010 10:13:12 AM PST by OldDeckHand
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To: OldDeckHand

If Republicans still believe that a finger in the wind twit like Romney - creator or RomneyCare, or a finger in the wind nannystater like Huckabee - creator of ArKids and the elementary school fat tests are “viable”, then, once again, we’ll get what we deserve, and the slide to socialism will continue unabated.

I only support conservatives. Not the ones that pretend to be at election time.


23 posted on 11/15/2010 10:19:46 AM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: Abathar

Since Daniels is likely to run, Pence is likely out. Both won’t go ... the Indiana GOPers will want to get behind one candidate.


24 posted on 11/15/2010 10:20:21 AM PST by campaignPete R-CT ("pray without ceasing" - Paul of Tarsus)
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To: pissant
I can think of no similarities between the two. Palin and Mitt, yeah, but not Pence.

That's because you're an extremely prejudiced observer with a rabid hatred of Sarah Palin.

Romney and Pence both wake up every day, preen their hair in the mirror, and think, "What can I do today to fulfill my ambition of becoming President?"

When Mike Pence thinks about his plans for the 2012 election, he thinks, "What is the best way for me to become President - run now, or use the Indiana governorship as a stepping stone?"

For both of them, realizing conservative goals is at best a secondary consideration.

25 posted on 11/15/2010 10:23:00 AM PST by Crichton
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To: pissant
"I only support conservatives. Not the ones that pretend to be at election time."

Terrific. But, what does any of that have to do with "a sitting House member has not been elected President of the United States in over 129 years or even secured his party's nomination in 115 years"?

The road to the White House does not lead from the lower House.

26 posted on 11/15/2010 10:27:29 AM PST by OldDeckHand
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To: Crichton
That's because you're an extremely prejudiced observer with a rabid hatred of Sarah Palin.

Nope, don't hate her at all. She should have Steel's job. She just is in no way ready to be the President. Maybe in another 10 or 12 years.

Romney and Pence both wake up every day, preen their hair in the mirror, and think, "What can I do today to fulfill my ambition of becoming President?"

This, coming from a supporter of a gal, currently a private citizen, who travels with a makeup and hair stylest and who wears false eyelashes??? LOL

When Mike Pence thinks about his plans for the 2012 election, he thinks, "What is the best way for me to become President - run now, or use the Indiana governorship as a stepping stone?"

Yet, the rabid palin fans here keep telling me how brilliant it was for Precious to quit her job so she could devote her time to preparing for 2012.

Your theology is funny.

27 posted on 11/15/2010 10:29:48 AM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: pissant

Pence’s weakness is on immigration. NumbersUSA has a grade card for him of only 71%.

By comparison, DeMint gets a 91%.

If we don’t end the mass importation of third worlders, we’re toast. This is a non-negotiable issue.

No “back of the line and pay a fine” amnesty.

Seal the border, deport, and end mass legal immigration is the only sane immigration policy.


28 posted on 11/15/2010 10:32:47 AM PST by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: OldDeckHand

When’s the last time a 1/3rd term senator won the nomintion (and the presidency)? Oh, that’s right, he’s sitting in the Oval Office now.

So you can support all the RINOs you want who have a “resume”, a resume that includes ridiculous amounts of bad policy, or you can support the conservatives. It’s that simple.


29 posted on 11/15/2010 10:33:03 AM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: SharpRightTurn

If DeMint does not run, count on 71% being the highest amongst candidates.


30 posted on 11/15/2010 10:35:57 AM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: pissant
"When’s the last time a 1/3rd term senator won the nomintion (and the presidency)? Oh, that’s right, he’s sitting in the Oval Office now."

When's the last time a 1/3rd term Senator won the nomination who was white? It still hasn't happened (at least in the modern era). Barack Obama broke the conventional wisdom for the same reason that his approval rating stays above 45%. He enjoys almost unanimous support amongst an entire demographic - black people. If Pence enjoyed 95% support amongst white males, then he could break convention too. But, he doesn't so he probably won't. That's called political reality.

"So you can support all the RINOs you want who have a “resume”, a resume that includes ridiculous amounts of bad policy, or you can support the conservatives. It’s that simple."

Enjoy your strawman argument with someone else. No one is "supporting a RINO". I'm pointing out the historical reality. I'm not sure why you're being so reflexively combative.

31 posted on 11/15/2010 10:39:26 AM PST by OldDeckHand
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To: pissant
Memo to Rep. Pence: We The People Choose Our Candidates. If We The People Do Not Choose You, No Amount of Money Can Purchase The Presidency of the USofA. Better you run for Governor.

PS: The Likelihood That We The People Will Choose From Congress is Remote at Best. That's where Obama came from and We Remember.

32 posted on 11/15/2010 10:39:26 AM PST by HighlyOpinionated (I am a US Citizen, A Patriot, A TEA Partier, An Oath Keeper, A Voter!)
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To: pissant
Yet, the rabid palin fans here keep telling me how brilliant it was for Precious to quit her job so she could devote her time to preparing for 2012.

You're ignorant because you get your information from random people on the internet instead of developing some critical thinking ability.

If Palin were devoted to becoming President (she's pretty obviously not) she would have remained governor, continued to build on her reformist credentials, made some targeted foreign trips, and delivered a series of policy speeches. In fact, she's done a little bit of the last, but that's it.

Her decisions make a great deal of sense through the lens of "what can I do to further conservatism and help Alaska and my family?" and not much sense in terms of "what can I do to get myself elected President?"

33 posted on 11/15/2010 10:45:05 AM PST by Crichton
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To: OldDeckHand
Enjoy your strawman argument with someone else. No one is "supporting a RINO". I'm pointing out the historical reality. I'm not sure why you're being so reflexively combative.

The ONLY strawman is the one that you keep putting up. It says that we must support a RINO because the RINO has credentials that you deem most appropriate.

34 posted on 11/15/2010 10:47:20 AM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: Crichton

Tell that to her cult, not me.


35 posted on 11/15/2010 10:48:49 AM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: pissant
Tell that to her cult, not me.

How about backing up your own comments instead of this hit-and-run, bash-Palin nonsense?

It seems that you've agreed that Pence and Romney are primarily dedicated to their dreams of the Presidency, while Sarah Palin is dedicated to advancing conservatism.

So why, if you claim to support conservatives, do you foster such hatred for Palin?

36 posted on 11/15/2010 10:54:17 AM PST by Crichton
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To: Crichton

If that’s your interpretation of my comments, then I can’t help you. Romney and Palin conservatives? Hardly


37 posted on 11/15/2010 10:58:49 AM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: pissant
If that’s your interpretation of my comments, then I can’t help you. Romney and Palin conservatives? Hardly

You can't seem to respond to any point honestly.

Just more hit-and-run attacks.

For your information, Palin and Pence are conservative. Romney was a moderate last week, but may have changed since then - I haven't checked.

Romney & Pence are both primarily dedicated to furthering their quests for the presidency. People like Palin, Coburn, DeMint are primarily dedicated to furthering conservatism and governmental reform. Marco Rubio is probably the best example of a pol with twin dedication to ambition and reform - a difficult balance.

38 posted on 11/15/2010 11:12:41 AM PST by Crichton
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To: pissant

http://vimeo.com/15202566

Powerful Mike Pence speech
exerpts:

“The president is not our teacher, our tutor, our guide or ruler. He does not command us, we command him. We serve neither him nor his vision.

It is not his job or his prerogative to redefine custom, law and beliefs; to appropriate industries; to seize the country, as it were, by the shoulders or by the throat so as to impose by force of theatrical charisma his justice upon 300 million others.

It is neither his job nor his prerogative to shift the power of decision away from them, and to him and the acolytes of his choosing.”

“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, 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. And, to repeat, you do not apologize to them.”

Mike Pence


39 posted on 11/15/2010 11:12:56 AM PST by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: pissant

If uber-RINO Pence is nominated , I and many others will stay home in 2012.


40 posted on 11/15/2010 11:14:29 AM PST by Carl LaFong (Experts say experts should be ignored.)
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To: Carl LaFong

What are his RINO positions.


41 posted on 11/15/2010 11:16:57 AM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: RED SOUTH

So, who do you believe conservatives should vote for?


42 posted on 11/15/2010 11:59:41 AM PST by Pomosapien (Buck Religion)
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To: pissant
He was an idiot for proposing that “compromise”.

Actually, his plan was a mirror-image of Tancredo's. I know because I remember doing side-by-side comparisons of both plans during those Rep. Cannon threads. But I'm just pointing out the hypocrisy of FReepers who dissed him in 2006 but now think he's the conservative Holy Grail.

But unless DeMint or Hunter runs, he’ll still have the best record on immigration. Beats Palin’s amnesty, anyway.

He could have done all of us a favor and knocked off Lugar in 2006 for the Senate. No Congressman is going to get elected POTUS Pissant.

43 posted on 11/15/2010 5:39:26 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (The Republic of the United States of America)
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To: pissant
Or 1/2 term governors.

Or 14-term pork-barrel Congresscritters (Cough Hunter cough)

44 posted on 11/15/2010 5:40:16 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (The Republic of the United States of America)
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To: SharpRightTurn
Pence’s weakness is on immigration. NumbersUSA has a grade card for him of only 71%.

But FReepers need their Holy Grail to stop Sarah though. They'll support anyone whom they perceive as more conservative than her.

45 posted on 11/15/2010 5:45:57 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (The Republic of the United States of America)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

You should be writing letters thanking Hunter for his “pork barrel” spending. Missile Defense, what there is of a real border fence, brand spanking new detention facilities for illegals, our submarine fleet, up-armored Hummers and Strykers. What you won’t find is the Duncan Hunter Highway, the Duncan Hunter Municipal Library, the Duncan Hunter center for the performing Arts, etc.

You should also thank him for trying to get rid of the Dept of Energy, OSHA, the EPA, the NEA/NEH, virtually all welfare, deporting all illegals, and privatizing SS.


46 posted on 11/15/2010 5:50:59 PM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: Crichton
"Romney & Pence are both primarily dedicated to furthering their quests for the presidency."


Very few GOP political figures have stuck out their neck in support for conservative principles as Mike Pence has. When he led the Republican Study Committee, he was the primary opposition to much of the GOP lurch toward big government under Bush. He constantly took on the GOP leadership over spending and the embrace of "big government conservatism". He got taken to the woodshed on several occasions for his troubles. How on earth is that furthering his quest for the Presidency? Pence was opposing big government before there even was a Tea Party and was doing so when most of the GOP was heading in the opposite direction. I am bewildered at this spin.
47 posted on 11/17/2010 6:34:16 PM PST by rob777
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist; pissant

>> But FReepers need their Holy Grail to stop Sarah though. They’ll support anyone whom they perceive as more conservative than her.

That’s not true. It’s a mistake, however, to be single minded about possibilities.

What if Palin decides not to run? How prepared is the constituency? Worse yet, what if Palin decides to run only because of the dependency on her candidacy - one she may not necessarily desire?

I respect Palin and trust her decision will be based in sincerity and her love for the Country. There’s no guarantee she will run.


48 posted on 12/02/2010 8:15:42 PM PST by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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