Tax cut action could keep Pence from S.C. visit
December 14th, 2010
12:06 PM ET
7 years ago

Tax cut action could keep Pence from S.C. visit

Washington (CNN) - A possible House vote on the tax cut compromise between President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans could derail a trip by Rep. Mike Pence to South Carolina Wednesday.

A Republican source confirms to CNN that Pence is scheduled to headline, along with incoming Gov. Nikki Haley, a Wednesday night fundraiser in Columbia for the South Carolina Republican party, but says possible action that day by the House on the controversial tax cut proposal could force Pence to alter his plans.

Pence is considering a possible run for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination. South Carolina plays an important role in presidential politics, as it holds the first southern primary in the race for the White House.

The Republican congressman from Indiana's 6th Congressional District easily won re-election last month, beating his Democratic challenger by a more than a two to one margin. The third ranking House Republican then announced that he would step down at the end of the year from his leadership role as Republican Conference Chairman, sparking more speculation that Pence might be gearing up for a White House bid or a run for Indiana governor.

While Pence polls in the low single digits in most national surveys on a hypothetical 2012 GOP nomination match-up, he did create a lot of buzz by winning the presidential straw poll at the Values Voter Summit in September.

Pence was last in South Carolina in May, when he headlined a fundraiser for fellow Republican Rep. Joe Wilson.

Pence's trip to South Carolina was first reported nationally by Politico.

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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Squigman

    S.C. got lucky. The only thing worse than a stupid republican, is a stupid republican from Indiana.

    December 14, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  2. Ken in Maryland

    Oh no! A Congressman has to do his job rather than party with rich people! Let's all feel really bad for him. Idiot.

    December 14, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  3. MAC

    I would let everyones taxes go up if the money was used to pay down the National Debt, but we all know better than that happening. If Congress and The President see more money coming in, they will just spend it and more on their special interest projects. Maybe if the Unions and other Obama fans were not exempt from Obamacare then the democrats might have some money to start paying for a little of it.

    December 14, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  4. Democrats Class Warfare - Destroying the economy and country

    Of course he'll stay in DC and DO HIS JOB. If the incompetent, cowardly DemocRATS running the House had done theirs then nobody would have been put in this situation. At thispoint they should just let all the tax rates go up until the Republicans take control in January and clean up this DemocRAT mess. They're just going to try and lard up the bill to get their Christmas shopping done for their sprecial interest groups. Better to wait for a REAL BILL in January, MINUS all the insane liberal spending.

    December 14, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  5. PalmReader

    Sorry to hear that Pence's paid Congressional job is keeping him away from his political party fundraising. Add this idiot to the long list of idiots who once in office seem to forget those of us who helped give them what they most need; a platform of opportunity to showcase their political prowess while achieving their *American Dream* ambitions. At least this guy doesn't weep over himself while discussing how far he has come politically.

    December 14, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  6. GI Joe

    Partying with rich folks – while unemployed VETS huddle under bridges where they live,.

    December 14, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  7. Bill from GA

    I don't know what is worse: repugs staying in Washington and working or repugs not staying in Washington and not working.

    December 14, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  8. Bill from GA

    And Gee! the elections are barely over and the repugs are fundraising. Did somebody forget their payout to the winner?
    (That's how we do it in Georgia.)

    December 14, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  9. Jaywing

    Oh, my heart bleeds for you, Senator. Gotta stay and do your job in DC instead of partying down with your rich, GOP racist white homies of SC, whom of course you are trying to save from having their taxes increased to pay their fair share. Poor, poor man. By the way, don't forget to proudly wear your confederate "we love slavery" flag pin while you're down there.

    December 14, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  10. cjr

    why isn't he going home to Indiana and supporting all those who are struggling with tons of snow – the guy is an idiot- and silly on top of it.-

    December 14, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  11. NVa Native

    Wasn't Pence a part of the GOPer Party when they ran up the national dept to over $1 trillion and destroyed our economy?? Yes he is that very same sleazy Mike Pence. Go on down to hill-billyville – lazy Repub won't do anything but avoid working by voting "no" anyway.

    December 14, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  12. once upon a horse

    @ MAC
    10 years of the Bush tax cuts...two unfunded wars..all three of which will be continued. So since when did you Republicans start to worry about how we are going to pay for anything?

    December 14, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  13. NC

    Why don't they give the money they raise to the people in S. C. So many people in S. C. live in Third World conditions, no indoor plumbing, dirt paths for streets, unsanitary living conditions, what a bunch of hypocrites.

    December 14, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |