Mike Pence has decided against running for the GOP nomination for president next year. Instead he will be running to replace Mitch Daniels as Governor of Indiana. I am a huge fan of Mike Pence, so to me this is bad news, as I don't live in Indiana.
Pence is very well known in conservative circles and is highly regarded. I read an article earlier today that called him the consummate statesman. I have seen him speak on several occasions and he describes himself as "I am Christian, A Conservative, A Republican; in that order". Anyone that is in the pro life movement knows they have no better friend.
I ran into the congressman a few weeks ago and told him that we needed him to run for president. Shockingly, he didn't listen to me!! Pence would have been able to bridge the gap between the republican establishment and the grassroots activists, so him not running is a big blow.
I can understand his decision. He will have an relatively easy time winning the governorship and the presidency will be a much bigger hill to climb. The upside of this is of course he will have some executive experience in 5 or 9 years if he chooses to run then. Winning the presidency from congress has only been done once, so this makes much more sense.
The question now becomes who else can bridge the establishment and the activists? I don't know of one. Do you?
This will be probably be the only time in my life that I am going to say this; I wish I lived in Indiana. Nothing against Indiana, but I am not a heartland kinda girl, I prefer the big city urban areas.
Good Luck to you Congressman Pence, you will be missed in the congress.