Pence for President?

by Sal on January 17, 2011

in Election 2012,Politics

Mike Pence

Believe it or not, we’re now at the beginnings of the 2012 Presidential campaign (the first GOP Presidential debate is two months away, which is interesting considering that there are no announced candidates yet.)  Be prepared to be officially sick of it all by May.

Several GOP veterans, including a former Reagan deputy counsel and a former Republican Congressmen, are rallying for a Mike Pence (R-IN) Presidential bid.  Pence is a candidate I could rally around.  As well as being a solid Conservative, he has the right temperament and personality to appeal to the American people (not a bore like John McCain or Bob Dole), and he will satisfy the Tea Party activists, the GOP establishment, and social conservatives that may otherwise bolt for someone like Mike Huckabee.

I like Mike Pence.  As far as the names in the field go, he is one of the most interesting and exciting for me, and  I could see myself supporting him for President.  Though I remain undecided, he’d be among the top contenders at this time for my primary vote and endorsement (along with Sarah Palin thus far).  If he does indeed run, he will be a force to be reckoned with and provide an anti-Romney / anti-Pawlenty that can bridge the different factions of the GOP.

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Ryan January 17, 2011 at 8:21 am

I like Pence too, but the video did bring up a good point about social issues. The coalition behind the Tea Party has vastly different views on the social issues. Many libertarian leaning limited government Tea Party folks could care less about gay marriage or abortion and get put off by politicians who seem overbearing on those issues. It will be interesting to see how the future crop of GOP candidates will walk the line between conservative fiscal policy and conservative values when pressed by the new blood in the movement.

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Sal January 17, 2011 at 10:36 am

I don’t think that the majority of Tea Party folks get put off by social issues, but rather it simply isn’t their priority. Sarah Palin is the darling of the Tea Party movement, and she is most definitely socially conservative.

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Mike January 17, 2011 at 11:09 am

The media often presents us with a false choice between different types of conservatives, but they’re off base. The most successful GOP candidates are the ones that bridge the GOP divide. As a pro-life, hawkish, fiscal conservative, I tend to gravitate toward candidates who are acceptable to all wings of the Republican Party. Pence fits the bill.

My only worry right now is that he’s acting more like a gubernatorial candidate than a presidential one. In the past few weeks, he hasn’t been touring Iowa and New Hampshire. He’s been on a Hoosier grand tour. Maybe this little committee can nudge him in a national direction.

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Chris January 17, 2011 at 6:04 pm

When looking back at history it’s usually tough to mount a presidential campaign from the House of Representatives, but in this election, I think we can throw history out the window as this past cycle has shown us that anything is possible. Even though, I’d feel more comfortable looking at him as an option down the road, if he serves as Indiana’s next Governor.

For me, Sarah Palin is my choice now (and I’m not even convinced she will run in 2012), but I do like Pence (early on, I would have rather seen him be the Speaker, had he not resigned from the Republican Leadership); and I’m starting to like him better than the other likely candidate from Indiana. (Mitch Daniels)

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