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Pence for President ?
NRO ^ | NOVEMBER 23, 2010 | Katrina Trinko

Posted on 11/24/2010 4:45:06 AM PST by RobinMasters

He hasn’t held executive office. He isn’t a paid Fox News contributor. He hasn’t written a best-seller or starred in a reality show.

So is there any reason Rep. Mike Pence (R., Ind.) should be considered a viable 2012 presidential contender?

According to supporters, there’s a huge one: authenticity. Pence identifies himself as a fiscal and social conservative and has the voting record to prove it. Elected in 2000, when compassionate conservatism was trendy, he has never been afraid to play the Grinch, voting against big-spending initiatives such as No Child Left Behind, Medicare Part D, and TARP. Pence has displayed the same kind of consistency on social issues, establishing a solidly pro-life record over the last decade.

Pence’s advocacy hasn’t gone unnoticed. He spoke at the Tea Party’s 9/12 rally in Washington, D.C., last year and again this year, and won the straw poll of 2012 presidential candidates at the Family Research Council’s Value Voters Summit this year, beating out notables like Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, and Sarah Palin. When Pence resigned from his leadership position as chairman of the House Republican Conference following the election, there was immediate buzz that he might be considering a presidential run. Others speculated that he might run for governor of Indiana, where term limits mandate that current governor Mitch Daniels step down in 2012.

“The congressman hasn’t made a decision at this point,” says Pence spokesman Matt Lloyd. “He’s humbled by the encouragement he’s received back in Indiana and around the country, and he’s going to take the coming weeks to seek counsel and prayerfully consider it.”

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Indiana
KEYWORDS: duplicate; mikepence; pence; president

1 posted on 11/24/2010 4:45:06 AM PST by RobinMasters
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To: RobinMasters

OK by me.


2 posted on 11/24/2010 4:46:57 AM PST by IbJensen (The Marine Corps - When It Absolutely, Positively Has To Be Destroyed Overnight.)
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To: RobinMasters

If Palin does not run, I could support Pence.

However, I’d prefer to see him run for governor.


3 posted on 11/24/2010 4:48:52 AM PST by nhwingut (Palin/Bachmann '12)
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To: nhwingut

Me too. Ok, if he runs. But Governor would be better.


4 posted on 11/24/2010 4:54:35 AM PST by RobinMasters
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To: RobinMasters

Ellis Island Centers? Really?
No thanks.


5 posted on 11/24/2010 4:54:55 AM PST by Doulos1 (Bitter Clinger Forever!)
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To: RobinMasters

He should run for Governor, get some executive experience and then run later for President.


6 posted on 11/24/2010 4:55:51 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: IbJensen
OK by me.

Me too! I also like DeMint, Bachmann, or Palin (if I have to) in 2012. If the pickins' are slim (e.g., Romney or Goober (Huck)), I will vote 3rd party Ron Paul. RNC (and obvious to everyone by now, the Bushes and their wives) needs to STFU and understand - NO 'progressive' RINOS!

7 posted on 11/24/2010 4:56:26 AM PST by broken_arrow1 (I regret that I have but one life to give for my country - Nathan Hale "Patriot")
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To: RobinMasters

I like DeMint way more than Pence in the ‘conservative politicians who aren’t going to run but still get talked about all the time for it’ category.


8 posted on 11/24/2010 4:58:16 AM PST by speciallybland
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To: RobinMasters

My type of conservative. Too old to waste my vote on rinos.


9 posted on 11/24/2010 4:59:27 AM PST by kindred (Come, Lord Jesus, rule and reign over all thine enemies from Zion, the chosen nation.)
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To: RobinMasters

I like Pence. A lot.

We’ll see..


10 posted on 11/24/2010 5:01:09 AM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: RobinMasters

U.S. Reps make horrible Presidential candidates. They have no record or experience of winning a statewide election, and are all too often coming from safe districts where they rarely, if ever, face a serious challenge, and therefore can afford to be more “pure” to their base.

Once they have to compete on a larger scale, the invariably crash and burn.


11 posted on 11/24/2010 5:07:33 AM PST by kevkrom (De-fund Obamacare in 2011, repeal in 2013!)
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To: RobinMasters
I'd vote for Pence in a heartbeat. He's true blue conservative and doesn't carry the baggage of other potential candidates...

Mike

12 posted on 11/24/2010 5:09:41 AM PST by MichaelP (It's a start!!! Pressure, Pressure, Pressure!)
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To: broken_arrow1

i like DeMint as well but i don’t see him winning a national election...i love Pence...


13 posted on 11/24/2010 5:20:15 AM PST by God luvs America (When the silent majority speaks the earth trembles!)
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To: RobinMasters

I second that emotion!


14 posted on 11/24/2010 5:23:09 AM PST by grame (May you know more of the love of God Almighty this day!)
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To: RobinMasters
She answered her question in the first sentence.

He hasn’t held executive office.

But I love Mike and if he shoots for the VP slot he would have the executive experience needed when the time comes.

15 posted on 11/24/2010 5:27:26 AM PST by McGruff
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To: kevkrom

I always thought that Kenyan Marxists made bad Presidential candidates but the times they are a changin’.


16 posted on 11/24/2010 5:43:39 AM PST by nitzy (A just law does not punish virtue nor reward vice.)
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To: IbJensen
We each have our favorites, and each of those has a vocal opposition even amongst ourselves. I personally could support and forgive Guliani's (social issues), Romney's (prior abortion statements), Pawlenty's (global warming empathys), Huckabee (social) . Palin's my favorite but many indys question her seriousness and readiness. Santorum would be perfect, but indys support may not be strong enough to overcome a "reactionary" label. Ditto DeMint. I don't know enough yet about Thune and Daniels, other than they're both impressive.

The point here is that we collectively may not coalesce behind any of the above enough to grab the new indys and win the White House. Mike Pence has virtually zero opponents within the party. He is one that virtually all of us could fully support, imho. He hopelessly loves Palin, so his heart's in the right place.

17 posted on 11/24/2010 5:46:52 AM PST by chiller ( EVERY Democrat on EVERY level must go)
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To: chiller

Of all the candidates mentioned, some seriously some not so, Pence would be my choice. I do not want a RINO, period. Few on the national stage don’t fall into that hole. On the other hand, looking at electability, I’d definitely give him the nod over De Mint and Palin. Pence has the advantage of no baggage which is a big plus going into the pre primary season.


18 posted on 11/24/2010 6:03:03 AM PST by Mouton
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To: nitzy
I always thought that Kenyan Marxists made bad Presidential candidates

Well, they clearly make bad Presidents. Apparently decent candidates, with a lot of help, though.

19 posted on 11/24/2010 6:06:14 AM PST by kevkrom (De-fund Obamacare in 2011, repeal in 2013!)
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To: RobinMasters

Good guy IMO. More known for social issues than economic ones. Makes a good VP fit.


20 posted on 11/24/2010 6:26:36 AM PST by cornfedcowboy (Trust in God, but empty the clip.)
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To: RobinMasters

I love Sarah, but I really think Mike is what we need. He is a principled conservative and a humble man. But he speaks with authority and conviction, not just looking at the trends and trying to catch the right phraseology to make a hit. Sarah would make a great #2 to Mike, as would Paul Ryan. We have some good people who need encouragement to run. We cannot let the Romneys, Huckabees, Newts take this nomination or the conservatives will abandon them (Republicans) again in 2012. NO MORE RINOs!!!

If we did not have Mike Pence, or he decides not to run, I’d be for Palin at the top of the ticket.


21 posted on 11/24/2010 6:28:16 AM PST by Shery (in APO Land)
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To: Shery

And, yes, Jim DeMint would be a great candidate, as well. I only pray that these good candidates gain the ground needed to hold off Romney, Huckabee, Newt, etc. These people (R,H,N,etc.) have a lot of pull within the party and lots of donors. But I’d love to see DeMint, Pence, Ryan, or Palin...any combination of these great candidates! We do have some good people to choose from, if they’ll run.


22 posted on 11/24/2010 6:33:11 AM PST by Shery (in APO Land)
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To: Mouton
Rino....few on the national stage don’t fall into that hole.

Of those mentioned in my post, whom would you classify as a RINO ? My RINO's are the Crist, Castle, Specter types.

I don't even put Romney in that category, although he may come closest. Not Rudy. Maybe Christie, whom I didn't even mention since he's shown no interest. (Jindahl too shows no interest, btw.) Rubio has not been mentioned, but he's too fresh to try for the top spot. I fear Rubio may be dragged onto the ticket, however, whether he wants it or not. I love him....in about 8 years.

23 posted on 11/24/2010 6:38:04 AM PST by chiller ( EVERY Democrat on EVERY level must go)
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To: Mouton

Thinkng more about RINO’s; Huckabee ? Probably still. His populism leans RINOish. Newt; at one time has shown RINO tendencies, and maybe still. May have seen the light, but still bathes in beltway idealogy, so pubs wouldn’t nominate him.


24 posted on 11/24/2010 6:52:17 AM PST by chiller ( EVERY Democrat on EVERY level must go)
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To: RobinMasters

He’d be okay by me, but I’d rather he stay here and be governor. It might sound selfish, but I think he’d do more good for Hoosiers fighting for conservative policies, and principles here in Indiana, then nationally.

However, if he decides he’d rather go for president, I’d support him.


25 posted on 11/24/2010 7:29:22 AM PST by jkeith3213
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To: goldstategop

I would prefer someone with executive experience, Palin, Pawlenty, Daniels, Christie, McDonnel, Perry, Barbour, etc. What I would really like is to know is who would surround the President. No more Van Jones.


26 posted on 11/24/2010 7:32:45 AM PST by depressed in 06 (The only thing the ZerO administration is competent at is bad ideas.)
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To: Shery

As I said, I really like Mike Pence. That being said, I think we need a nominee that is identified with fiscal conservatism i.e. Demint.


27 posted on 11/24/2010 8:13:17 AM PST by cornfedcowboy (Trust in God, but empty the clip.)
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To: chiller

I still cannot get over those ads Newt did with the dragon lady. No, IMO, he is a bit too close to the line to call a true conservative. He was late to the tea party movement too.

Rudy, not a RINO fiscally. His personal life would destroy him in a national run.

Romney, health care issue in Mass killed him for me.

I too fear some may try to draft Rubia. I feel he would be a good choice except for his lack of national exposure. Furthermore, I want a conservative senator to remain here in Fl.


28 posted on 11/24/2010 11:10:54 AM PST by Mouton
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