So Tell Me About Mike Pence
Mark Tapscott at The Washington Examiner posted yesterday Why Mike Pence Should Run For President.
A Google search reveals that there are a number of others also urging Pence to run.
Pence has a self-imposed end of January deadline to decide. So before he opts out of the presidential race to run for Governor (if that is his decision), tell me about Mike Pence.
Update 1-27-2011 – Jim Geraghty is reporting that Pence will not be running for President.
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I have a very positive impression of Pence. He appears to be the real deal as a fiscal conservative, having voted against the Medicare Part D entitlement during the Bush years, and virtually every other big government boondoggle during his time in Congress.
Too, he's a social conservative, and even beat out Palin, Huckabee and Romney to win the Values Voters straw poll last summer.
He seems to be extremely articulate, inspiring, and likeable. He's well-respected, having held the #3 spot in the GOP House leadership until resigning the post to seek another office (TBD) after this past election.
I hope he runs for president, and I look forward to supporting him.
Solid conservative who should run in 2012 as one of the conservatives stampede to counter the RINO stampede.
I like him. Granted, he's not Teh Fred, but who is?
I would like to hear some elaboration on his illegal alien stance. I seem to remember him working on a non-Grahamnesty compromise a few years ago.
As Ace says, he certainly has very presidential hair.
He's experienced in interviews, has a dry sense of humor and does impersonations (you should see his GWB.)
He is an Indiana conservative in line with Mitch Daniels and instrumental endorser of Todd Young IN-9. Team Player, Christian, and strong fiscal conservative.
Strikes me as a stand-up person, articulate, trustworthy and electable.
Even though he's from Indiana, he could not be further from Chicago….
Unlike Daniels, Pence understands that "social" and "fiscal" issues are identical at their root.
(I'm still waiting for Herman Cain to trot out a full-length issues checklist, though.)
Seems strong, smart and electable….but I still can't get past the fact that he's a legislator and not an executive. Running for governor or VP would fix that problem nicely.
Mike Pence is an excellent conservative. If he runs for governor Indiana will have another excellent governor & he will grow his resume & hopefully his national profile. If he runs for President he'd be on my very short list for President, & I'd likely support him over Palin (If she ran in this instance) as he has all of the positives of Palin (True conservative) with none of the downsides (Scandals, polarization of electorate, etc).
John Lane … WHAT Palin scandals??? Did I miss something? That said, I'd far prefer Pence to anyone else, even Paul Ryan. Sorry, but ever since the US Conference of Bishops voted to help the radical left terminate American sovereignty, I'm not voting for any Catholic for national office.
He is a grown up, the old fashioned variety, of which we are in need. While he is a legislator, as is our current President, he does not vote present, nor play games.
Just received the blessings this AM of Dick Armey. Called him the next Reagan,((Ron Sr).Always liked Armey,hated Newt,still do.Look forward to helping the next RR.
The most successful GOP high profile (especially Senate) candidates in the 2010 elections all exhibited a competent, "let's get down to serious business" demeanor; the ones who appeared "flakey" at times or got sidetracked on personal issues and the like, all lost. Mike Pence definitely is in the former category, and I would be surprised if voters aren't looking for the same characteristic in 2012 with all of the massive problems the country is facing. Sure, there will be dirt thrown at him in the race, but his years as radio host should make him very good on his feet.
Sharp, articulate, with low negatives. Conservatives will definitely support him over all the other current candidates who aren't named Gov. Palin. And in a Pence vs. Palin matchup, even though Pence has only been in the House, when you add up the number of years of political-related experience, it's a slight edge for Pence. It should make for an interesting battle if they both run.
I'm still hoping for a "sleeper" governor to throw his hat in the race, but in the event that that doesn't happen, I really hope Pence runs…
…Just saw the update as I typed that he's not running. Oh, well.
Rep. Mike Pence closes door on White House run
It is a big loss that he has chosen not to run.
He is one of the very few that could bridge the divide between the establishment and grassroot republicans.
Very good for Indiana, bad for the rest of us. I was fully ready to go all in for Pence.