Skip to comments.Pence for President ?
Posted on 11/24/2010 4:45:06 AM PST by RobinMasters
He hasnt held executive office. He isnt a paid Fox News contributor. He hasnt 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, theres 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.
Pences advocacy hasnt gone unnoticed. He spoke at the Tea Partys 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 Councils 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 hasnt made a decision at this point, says Pence spokesman Matt Lloyd. Hes humbled by the encouragement hes received back in Indiana and around the country, and hes going to take the coming weeks to seek counsel and prayerfully consider it.
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OK by me.
If Palin does not run, I could support Pence.
However, I’d prefer to see him run for governor.
Me too. Ok, if he runs. But Governor would be better.
Ellis Island Centers? Really?
He should run for Governor, get some executive experience and then run later for President.
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!
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.
My type of conservative. Too old to waste my vote on rinos.
I like Pence. A lot.
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.
i like DeMint as well but i don’t see him winning a national election...i love Pence...
I second that emotion!
He hasnt 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.
I always thought that Kenyan Marxists made bad Presidential candidates but the times they are a changin’.
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.
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.
Well, they clearly make bad Presidents. Apparently decent candidates, with a lot of help, though.
Good guy IMO. More known for social issues than economic ones. Makes a good VP fit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.