Sunday, September 28, 2014

Gov Mike Pence Draws GOP Presidential Attention

With Washington's reputation lurking in used-car-salesmen territory, there will be a wide lane in the 2016 presidential campaign for governors with records built outside the national capital.
On the Republican side, the list of potential contenders already includes New Jersey's Chris Christie, Wisconsin's Scott Walker, Louisiana's Bobby Jindal, Texas' Rick Perry and a prominent former governor, Florida's Jeb Bush.
(Gov. Mike Pence, at the Indiana Statehouse in January, is reliably conservative on fiscal and social policies. Associated Press)
Now, grass-roots conservatives are seeking to add another governor's name to that list of 2016 possibilities: Indiana's Mike Pence.
The Hoosier chief executive isn't as well known nationally, and some will question whether his record is too far right to be a plausible general-election candidate. But he's generating a small groundswell, particularly among social-policy activists, some of whom think Mr. Pence hits the sweet spot for 2016.
He is reliably conservative on fiscal and social policies, and rose to a position of power in Washington, where he led the conservative Republican Study Group in the House of Representatives and helped found the tea-party caucus. Yet he deployed a more soothing style and wasn't as polarizing as some House conservatives. He once hosted his own radio talk show and referred to himself as "Rush Limbaugh on decaf."
Now, as a heartland governor for the past two years, he has a record outside of Washington, in a state that's surging economically.
Mr. Bauer says that when he's speaking to conservatives around the country and is asked about 2016 possibilities, he replies that "there are people out there who could emerge and one is Mike Pence. And it never fails to get an enthusiastic response."
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1 comment:

RomneyMan said...

Interesting how the article contains the line "some will question whether his record is too far right to be a plausible general-election candidate. "

Yes, the *electable* general-election candidates of moderate persuasion has worked out really well the last couple of times, yeah.