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A Country Christmas with Mike Pence

Several Northern Indiana TEA Party groups (including WCP) have joined together for an event called “A Country Christmas With Mike Pence”.  It will be held on December 17,2011, at the Robert Bishop Family Farm, 1865 West County Road 700 North, Leesburg, IN, 46538.

Dinner will be served, and please bring a side dish to donate to the event.

The event flyer is HERE to download.

Hope to see all of you there!

Mike Pence addresses the recent Barnes vs Indiana Supreme Court ruling

From Wrap Your Head Around:

Mike Pence (R-IN-6) responds to questions about the recent Indiana Supreme Court ruling regarding the right to reasonably resist an unlawful police entry into a home and about Article 11 Section 7 of the Indiana constitution which states “All bills or notes issued as money shall be, at all times, redeemable in gold or silver.”

Pence Announces for Governor

From HoosierAccess:

Congressman Mike Pence (IN-6) announced on a conference call with supporters this morning that he intends to run for Governor of Indiana in 2012.

His campaign kickoff is scheduled for June 11 in Columbus and a new website rollout and campaign video accompany today’s announcement.

Pence called the expectation of his announcement today, “The worst kept secret in Indiana politics.”

This is an expected announcement from Pence who joins the field of former Democrat Indiana House Speaker John Gregg and Republican businessman Jim Wallace.

Pence is expected to clear the primary handily.

Mike Pence Rules Out 2012 Presidential Bid

From The Blaze:

Congressman Mike Pence, R-Ind., will not be pursuing the nation’s highest office in 2012 as some have speculated. Instead, the conservative Republican is soon expected to publicly declare his intentions to explore a campaign to be Indiana’s next governor.

In a letter to constituents Thursday, Pence and his wife Karen wrote, “In the choice between seeking national office and serving Indiana in some capacity, we choose Indiana.”

“He is a realist and kept coming back to questions about the fund-raising,” an anonymous source close to the congressman told CNN Thursday. Additionally, another source said that advisers reminded Pence of the difficulty of mounting a successful presidential campaign from the House of Representatives. At age 51, they said, the Indiana Republican may have a better platform to explore a presidential run in the future if he was first elected governor, CNN reports.

Pence is wildly popular in his own congressional district, having secured re-election last November by more than a two-to-one margin of defeat over his Democratic challenger.

Indiana’s current governor, Republican Mitch Daniels, will be term-limited out of office in 2012 and many have also speculated that he may make a run for the GOP presidential nomination. Meanwhile, Daniels’ No. 2, Republican Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman announced last month that she would not run for governor, further opening the door for a potential Pence run.

Is Pence for Governor really a good idea?

From HoosierAccess:

The reason for this post is to drive some serious discussion about all our speculations

Like a typical politico I have had my own predictions about Indiana’s 2012 Governor’s race, and I’ve tried to stick with them from day one so I don’t look like a Mexican jumping bean. A long time ago I said Mike Pence will run for Governor in 2012, and I repeated that over and over again in months following whenever the discussion came up.

I said it over and over because I believed it, but not because I wanted it. Until now, I really have not put much thought into who I would like to see run for Governor in 2012. I still believe that Pence will run for Governor, and if he does, there will be no primary. He already travels the state, doing every Lincoln Day dinner he can, mostly outside his 6th congressional district. He has the name ID and he has the donors. If he runs (or maybe when) it will mark the end of the 2012 Republican primary. But the more I think about it, the more I wonder if Governor Pence is really such a good idea for Hoosiers and the Indiana Republican Party.

The reason I said Pence would run many moons ago was because I believe he wants to be President. No one (well at least it is very difficult to) jumps from the House to the White House, so the logical step would be run for Governor and then President in the future.

But does Indiana need a Governor who views his post as a stepping stone?

Read the rest at HoosierAccess.

Which Way for Mike Pence?

From HoosierAccess:

It can’t be all that bad to be Mike Pence right now. You’ve just helped your party take over the majority in Congress, you’ve toured your home state extensively helping elect a Republican majority in the state House of Representatives, and now there is quite a bit of talk about how you’d make a great candidate for President or Governor in the looming 2012 election.

Which will it be for Mike Pence this year? Will he start down the road to the oval office in the White House, or will he chose to begin walking the path to the 2nd floor executive office in the Statehouse?  It has to be pretty heady stuff to go to conventions and dinners around the country and hear people chant “President Pence.”  Not to mention that newspapers and magazines have, for weeks now, been featuring articles speculating about a political future that looks extraordinarily promising.

Read the rest at HoosierAccess.

Pence: No Truce on Social Issues

From The National Review:

Rep. Mike Pence (R., Indiana), who appears to be considering a 2012 presidential run, made it clear in a recent interview that he won’t be calling for a “truce” on social issues, like fellow Hoosier (and possible 2012 contender) Gov. Mitch Daniels has advocated.

“To those who say we should simply focus on fiscal issues, I say you would not be able to print enough money in 1,000 years to pay for the government you would need if the traditional family collapses,” Pence told U.S. News and World Report.

Criticizing President Obama for regarding the country as “a dog whose duty is not to ask why . . . but simply to obey,” Pence talked about the need for smaller government. “You get government under control; you get government out of the way; then America will come roaring back,” he said. “And America will be the story again.”

Pence said that he had “gotten encouragement” for a 2012 run for governor of Indiana, but “gotten more than a little bit of encouragement” for a presidential run.

Mike Pence’s Healthcare Bill Speech

Here is Mike Pence’s speech on March 21, in debate over the Senate healthcare bill:

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