Skip to comments.Why Mike Pence will run in 2012
Posted on 12/09/2010 3:10:57 PM PST by pissant
George Will today aptly details why Mike Pence, a stalwart on fiscal issues and an articulate proponent of conservative social values, would be an attractive 2012 presidential candidate. I'll go a step further than George and predict that Pence will announce early next year.
A close friend and confidante of Pence's has been telling me for several weeks that Pence is "serious." This friend makes the case that Pence is a solid conservative on the range of issues conservatives care about and is the only candidate who can "seamlessly meld" the sometimes adversarial Tea Party and establishment wings of the GOP "without too much friction." He also points to Pence's demeanor, citing a favorite phrase of the congressman's: "Just because I'm a conservative doesn't mean I have to be a bad mood about it."
Even more telling, Gary Bauer, the influential social conservative leader who heads the group American Values and is on the boards of Christians United for Israel and the Emergency Committee for Israel, gave me his take this morning: "There is no doubt that Rep. Pence has solid support among values voters. They like his unapologetic and confident defense of the Judeo- Christian world view." But Bauer says Pence's appeal goes beyond social conservatives, vouching for Pence's "Reagan-like ability to bring economic, national security and social conservatives together in a winning coalition."
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So he’s competing with John Bolton to be Sarah Palin’s running mate? May the best man win, as they say!
Good to see this. I like Pence a lot.
I would vote for Pence over Palin for President....and I have supported her BEFORE McCain picked her
As a Palin supporter, I do like Pence, but I have to really wonder, is this guy another Alan Keyes to siphon votes away from SP so Mitt cann get through? That’s what I really worry about here, that Pence is being played.
Pence is really weak on the border.
Thats a black mark. I want friction. I want adversarial.
Aside from that, Pence is a good man. I'd vote for him.
Good man, but I think he needs more grooming. A stint as governor would help. Like Duncan Hunter, he is an excellent guy who needs more name recognition. I wouldn’t want to see him spoil his future chances.
Also, look at who is doing the recommending here. George Will and Jennifer Rubin?
Pence is really weak on the border.
Bet his tune will be a lot tougher when he jumps in. That said, he is a very acceptable candidate. I Prefer Palin and Demint. But I could take Pence without heart burn.
My fear is that Romney will get it when the conservatives get done beating each other up.
Pence is a good guy. I would vote for him.
“Pence is really weak on the border.”
The only one who is really strong on the border is Duncan Hunter but I doubt he’d run again. Then again who knows? Gov Jan Brewer for president?
Pence/Bachmann - this is the ticket.
Flashback: Obama Pulls Up a Chair at George Will’s House
By Michael D. Shear
Where does one dine a week before becoming the leader of the free world?
At the Chevy Chase, Md., house of conservative columnist George Will.
Damn! Let’s hope we get that kind of VP selection.
That pales in comparison to his ability to split conservative votes so Romney can win with a plurality.
DeMint is also strong on illegal immigration.
Pence is much more articulate than Palin. Now, if he can come up with the great ideas....he would be VERY electable.
Pence is stronger on immigration than anyone talking about running except DeMint.
Is he willing to take Obama head on? That is the million dollar question. Having the right stance on the issues is meaningless if he wilts from criticism.
DeMint also has better name recognition and a reputation for being a fighter. He’s really the one to watch.
Wilts? He was the ONLY one in GOP House leadership that did not wilt under the pressure to support the crap sammich, called TARP.
DeMint is a (slight) cut above.
I like Mike Pence and he would be a good solid leader.
I’m talking about going up against a black president. So far, the Washington insiders have been pretty timid in that respect.
My biggest worry about Pence is that he is relatively inexperienced, and would only be the second sitting House member, after Garfield, to be elected President. My opinion is no congresscritters.
Pence and Eric Cantor voted FOR Puerto Rico Statehood; backdoor amnesty. Not good.
Mike Pence would do much better as a candidate and then winner for ‘12 Indiana Governor, before being part of any future Presidential ticket. I like Mike Pence a lot, but history isn’t that kind to ANYBODY running for POTUS from the House of Representatives! Mike Pence would end up in the same situation that Duncan Hunter, Sr. found himself, during the race for ‘08 POTUS. ‘12 isn’t the time for Mike Pence to be part of any Presidential ticket, and I’m sorry that I have to say so. In the future, A “Governor Mike Pence” running for POTUS, would do much better.
I like his politics but prefer governors for their executive experience. Could make a great Palin VP, however.
How is Pence on the border and deporting illegals?
Pence...the latest meme
Not sure what the Congressman's point is in this statement.
Does that mean other Conservatives are in a bad mood about being Conservatives? Or because they are Conservatives?
Sounds like he's playing into the leftist media's meme about Conservatives being mean and bad tempered, yadda, yadda, yadda.
Pence is really weak on the border
Pence = Milk Toast
He’s welcome to run against Sarah if she announces. May the best woman win...
“PENCE: ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS MUST LEAVE THE COUNTRY AND APPLY OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES FOR THE LEGAL RIGHT TO BE HERE”
Enough said! Run Pence Run, you have my vote
That’s just it. Personally, I don’t care to see anyone entrenched in the DC culture run for president. They are all tainted.
How is exactly is Pence "really weak" on the border?
I like what he says and I like how he says it but
But he has no executive experience. As we all know from our current experience, being confident in 20/20 hindsight is easy.
Whoever the GOP nominee is should get Rush as the VP or official spokesman.
However, Palin does support a form a amnesty, as does Huckabee.
His big blackmark on “the borders” was his ill-conceived Pence-Hutchison ‘compromise’ bill that tried to thread the needle between McCain-Kennedy and Hunter’s “Enforcement only” bill. It was a flop and fortunately, did not see the light of day. But other than that, he’s been a border hawk.
That’s pretty good.
The compromise bill required all illegals to go home but allowed for more time for 2 year renewable work visas, up to 12 years, and ultimately obtain an employer sponsored visa similar to current ones.
The compromise bill was lighter but Pence has been consistent that illegals must return home.
Hunter’s bill had no provisions for allowing anyone to return. That’s my man. But it is very tough to paint Pence as weak on borders. He followed Hunter’s lead on illegal immigration almost to a tee throughout his career. And it don’t get much better than that.
Yeah, there is no way in hell anyone could say that Pence is weak on borders. It’s just more deflection from the cultists.