Washington (CNN) - Indiana Rep. Mike Pence's decision not to run for president came after a serious lobbying effort by the Republican Governors Association, a GOP source close to the party organization told CNN Thursday.
Pence, who finally revealed his plans to the Indianapolis Star on Thursday after a lengthy cat and mouse game, has not said for certain that he will seek the Indiana governorship, though Hoosier State Republicans widely expect him to do so.
(CNN) – Three sources close to Republican Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana tell CNN they are told he will announce he is not running for president in 2012 and will instead begin exploring a run for governor.
These sources say he has been flattered by the efforts to nudge him into the GOP presidential race but, as one of the sources put it, "he is a realist and kept coming back to questions about the fund-raising." The second source said some around Pence also have reminded him of the difficulty of mounting a presidential campaign from the House, and noted that, at age 51, he would have a better platform to explore a presidential run if he first was elected governor.
(CNN) - It's January 27th, which means the month is almost over. So the clock's ticking for Rep. Mike Pence to make an announcement regarding his political future.
The Indiana Republican says he is sticking by his timetable to announce by the end of January whether he'll make a bid for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination or run next year for governor of his home state.
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.
Washington (CNN) - Decision time is nearing for Rep. Mike Pence, R-Indiana, who remains torn between seeking the governorship in his home state and mounting a dark horse bid for the presidency.
Pence said last week that he will make an announcement about his future by the end of January, but as he mulls which path to take in 2012, a group of conservatives are maneuvering to draft him into the presidential race.
(CNN) - Rep. Mike Pence, the Indiana congressman who is considering a presidential bid, introduced an anti-abortion bill Friday that is certain to be greeted fondly by many Republicans ahead of his attendance at a conservative gathering in South Carolina this weekend.
The measure, which has 122 cosponsors and is called the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act, seeks to ban federal funding for other services to organizations that perform abortions. The government is already banned from using Title X funds for abortions, but this bill–a version of which was first introduced two years ago–would expand the restrictions.
Washington (CNN) - Add a stop in South Carolina this weekend to Rep. Mike Pence's schedule.
This, as speculation grows over whether the Republican from Indiana will make a bid for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, or whether he'll run for governor in his home state.
Washington (CNN) - Call it reading the tea leaves, but until Republican Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana announces whether he'll make a bid for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, or whether he'll run for governor in his home state, it's all we can do.
So here's the latest. Sources in Indiana confirm to CNN that Pence is scheduling to attend Lincoln Day dinners across his home state next month. The story was first reported Monday in Howey Politics Indiana.
Washington (CNN) - Add Rep. Mike Pence to the list of possible 2012 GOP presidential hopefuls who are coming out against the tax cut compromise between President Barack Obama and congressional Republican leaders.
Pence took to the floor of the House Wednesday morning to spell out his opposition: