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.
(CNN) - One of the top Republicans in the House wants to overhaul the country's tax code and implement a flat tax.
Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana, who may make a bid for the next GOP presidential nomination, will say "the time has come for Congress and this administration to take bold action to simplify our tax system and lower people's taxes," according to excerpts from a speech he will deliver in front of the Detroit Economic Club Monday afternoon.
(CNN) – While some midterm election battles still hang in the balance, the media seems to have already turned the page to 2012.
Potential Republican presidential hopefuls were on the Sunday morning talk shows and the hosts couldn't resist the will you or won't you questioning.
(CNN) - In the weekly Republican address Indiana Rep. Mike Pence urged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to call Congress back into session, a little more than two weeks before the midterm elections.
"Washington DC doesn't tax too little, Washington DC spends too much. Raising taxes on job creators won't create jobs," Pence said. "Speaker Nancy Pelosi should call Congress back into session immediately and allow an up-or down-vote on preserving all current tax rates."
Washington (CNN) – Aides to Indiana GOP Rep. Mike Pence haven't been shy about stirring up presidential buzz about their boss, especially after his victory last month in the Values Voters Summit 2012 straw poll.
Now Pence is heading to Des Moines on Saturday to address the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition - his second trip to the first-in-the-nation caucus state this cycle - and his office has released excerpts of his speech, an overture to both fiscal and social conservatives.
"These are serious times," Pence will say, according to the prepared remarks. "A nation conceived in liberty has come of age in bondage to big government. We've lost respect to the world. We are going broke. And our social and cultural fabric is unraveling. People are scared."
Read excerpts from Pence's prepared remarks after the jump:
(CNN) – Indiana Rep. Mike Pence – the winner of a socially conservative presidential straw poll over the weekend – is playing down the controversies surrounding Tea Party-backed candidate Christine O'Donnell, saying it's the surprise Senate nominee's message that's most important.
"I don't think Delaware's about Christine O'Donnell," Pence told CNN's John Roberts on American Morning. "I know there'll be this nitpicking and attempts to take things out of context. Certainly she has some explaining to do about that to her voters in Delaware.
"But at the end of the day, what's bringing people out and creating a momentum for what could be real change in America is that the American people are tired of the borrowing, the spending, the bailouts, and the takeovers, and they're looking for men and women that are willing to stand up and be counted and take on the establishment," Pence added.
(CNN) – With 24 percent of the vote, Indiana Rep. Mike Pence was the winner Saturday of the fifth annual Values Voter straw poll, an early test of where a string of potential 2012 presidential candidates stand among socially conservative voters.
Runner-up was former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee (22 percent), the winner of the same poll last year. In third place was former Massachusetts governor and White House hopeful Mitt Romney (13 percent), while former House Speaker Newt Gingrich placed fourth (10 percent).
Sarah Palin, who did not attend this year’s convention, placed fifth (7 percent).
“What is fascinating about these results is that it reflects what has been happening in primaries across the country,” said Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, who announced the results.
The vote came after a two-day conference in Washington, during which a veritable "who's who" of rising Republican stars and possible White House contenders made appearances.
Sen. Mitch McConnell:
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell says he will support and donate money to the Senate campaign of Christine O'Donnell, the Tea Party-backed surprise winner of Delaware's Republican primary.
"I'll be supporting the Republican nominee and we wish her the best," McConnell said Wednesday morning.
McConnell's support comes despite concerns in the Republican Party that it will be difficult for O'Donnell to win the general election.
Washington (CNN) – Republican Rep. Mike Pence criticized the Obama administration and Democrats in Washington on Saturday, delivering a biting attack on the economic and fiscal policies promoted by a legislature and White House controlled by Democrats.
"The economic policies of this administration have failed,” Pence said in Saturday’s weekly Republican address.
"In the worst economy in a quarter of a century, American families are hurting. That's obvious to just about everybody, except that is the Democrats in Washington, D.C.,” the Indiana Republican said.
"You know, it's more clear every day, they just don't get it. Washington politicians just aren't listening and the American people know it.”
But on the same day President Obama capped his week by touting the Wall Street reform bill that became law Wednesday, Pence was instead looking to the future, and warning of tax increases.
Washington (CNN) - One day before the first official meeting of the Tea Party caucus in the House of Representatives, the big question on Capitol Hill which Republicans will join the new caucus?
Rep. Michele Bachmann proposed and pushed for the caucus. The conservative congresswoman from Minnesota, who's a favorite of many Tea Party activists, won approval for the new organization late last week from the Democratic leadership.
Bachmann tells CNN that she's invited "a number of members" to come to the group's first meeting, which will be held prior to a news conference to premiere the caucus.
But she says she already has a big name on board.