'Draft Pence' effort launching in South Carolina
January 18th, 2011
05:02 PM ET
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'Draft Pence' effort launching in South Carolina

Washington (CNN) - At least eight Republican state legislators will gather on the steps of the South Carolina State House Wednesday to launch an effort to draft Rep. Mike Pence, R-Indiana, into the 2012 presidential race.

The announcement comes on the heels of a national "Draft Pence" effort - a group called "America's President Committee" - launched Monday by former Reagan administration official Ralph Benko and former Kansas Rep. Jim Ryun.

The South Carolina draft is a separate undertaking, but would help Pence build a grassroots network in the key early primary state should be decide to take the 2012 plunge.

Pence and his advisers have done little to tamp down speculation about a presidential bid, but the conservative congressman is also considering a bid for the Indiana governorship next year. He plans to make a decision about his future by the end of the month.


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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Name king

    This sounds like an old fashion hoe down at the pence extravagant. Who is this mike pence, the way I see it, this is just another repugnwith the same ideology cut spending and cut taxes and who can't hunt and live off the land, well! Your on your own.

    January 18, 2011 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  2. Serially

    Ho hum.... Yet one more liberal tries to denigrate Reagan, the only president that actually had an earned degree in economics.Think I'll go back to the sports section.

    January 18, 2011 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  3. Marie MD

    If it wasn't so pathetic the rethug list would be funny. Keep trying to come up with someone who can beat the President except that I am pretty sure you can't.
    Bunch of sore losers all.

    January 18, 2011 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  4. ingrid

    yuck. He is WAY too conservative.

    January 18, 2011 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  5. Joe Issano

    Mike Pence reminds me of a former german leader. He also seems intellectually challenged with a curious duh look.

    January 18, 2011 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  6. Dave

    Go ahead, make this former republican turned independents day and make Pence the nominee. Does anyone in the republican party know the term moderate? Do they know the work consensus? This guy sure doesn't. He symbolizes everything wrong with the republican party.

    January 18, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  7. Hooray, another tired old white guy

    WTG GOPs! It will be so nice for Obama to coast to re-election in 2012 – appreciate your saving time & money for us libs. Or better yet, pick Sarah Palin. Thanks guys.

    January 18, 2011 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  8. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    They should draft him....then let him serve a tour in Iraq!

    January 18, 2011 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  9. kayla

    send in the clown

    January 18, 2011 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  10. Paul

    I'm sure Mike Pence would be as good as George W. Bush as President. What could go wrong?

    January 18, 2011 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  11. marylandvoter

    Mr. Pence, you bare a scary resemblance to the actor Robert Shaw in the James Bond film: “From Russia with Love”. In the movie, Robert Shaw, as “Donald Grant”, is an assassin for SPECTRE.

    A fantastic fight scene in the movie takes place between Bond and Grant, one of best in film history, supposedly on the Orient Express.

    Given the “blood and guts” rhetoric by the right-wing reactionary fringe these days, with folks like you, I just thought that Mr. Shaw’s image in the movie might be adopted as your political campaign imagery.

    Just a thought, for you and your campaign managers, why not give it a try?

    January 18, 2011 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  12. LGNY

    Are there any Republican leaders who are NOT running for president?

    January 18, 2011 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  13. optimistica

    I'm from his district – all I have to say is NO, NO, NO, NO, NO – he is way too limited in all areas – no heart, no curiosity, no wisdom. We need big picture people at this point in time.

    January 18, 2011 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  14. larry

    I'm from Indiana so please take him....please

    January 18, 2011 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  15. annie s

    Oh, please draft him. He can pray America back to the Dark Ages. The only candidate easier to beat would be Death Panel Sarah.

    January 18, 2011 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  16. Frank in Valparaiso Indiana

    Pence is a senator in name only. He's a bought, sold and paid for lobbyist. Pretty much the worst of the Republican party. You want a trashed environment and a dead economy with lots of money to the fat cats, he's your man.

    January 18, 2011 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  17. Debbie from Arizona

    This man is way too socially conservative for my liking. The quotes I've read of his, make him sound like he would be the Preacher and Chief. No, thank you.

    January 18, 2011 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  18. Gil

    Oh help us God! the South will try to rise again . At least it isn't with a Barbour drawl! These people have no clue?

    January 18, 2011 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  19. ThinkAgain

    When I first glanced at the headline, I read "Daft Pence."

    Pretty much nails it on the head, don't it?

    January 18, 2011 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |