January 13th, 2010
06:28 PM ET
13 years ago

Pence to attend Southern Republican Leadership Conference

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/06/13/art.pence.jpg caption="Indiana Rep. Mike Pence might be eyeing a White House bid."]Washington (CNN) - Add one more name to the growing list of potential 2012 presidential contenders attending the 2010 Southern Republican Leadership Conference in April: Mike Pence.

An aide to the Indiana Republican confirmed the speaking appearance.

Pence, chairman of the House Republican Conference, has a serious following among fiscal conservatives and has already made trips to the early proving grounds of Iowa and South Carolina.

By delivering remarks to the SRLC - a major gathering of Republican officials and activists from 14 southern states, held this year in New Orleans - Pence is signaling that he intends to remain part of the early presidential chatter. The event is held every two to four years and usually conducts a presidential straw poll.

Tim Pawlenty, Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum are all making appearances at the event, but Mitt Romney is not. Mike Huckabee has not yet said if he will attend.

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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. GI Joe

    Termites coming out of the woodwork.

    Watch out T-PAW and PALIN and LIMBAUGH, and BECK, and HANNITY

    They are going to try to get you !!!! Be afraid !!!!

    January 13, 2010 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  2. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Another angry nobody who will take a nosedive in the primaries!

    January 13, 2010 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  3. Pel

    I sure hope Rep Pense, the no sense Repug, does get in the frey. This man is sick and is a typical neocon repug. We liberals are puillg for you to get in the presidential race in 1012. We will clean your clock.

    January 13, 2010 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  4. ThinkAgain

    "Tim Pawlenty, Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum are all making appearances at the event, but Mitt Romney is not."

    That's because the Southern Republican Leadership Conference is filled with rightwing, evangelical "christians" who believe Mormons belong to a cult.

    Why anyone would be a Republican these days, with their intolerant, arrogant, hate-filled leaders, is beyond me.

    January 13, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  5. RJ

    This is wonderful news. We are so happy that CNN has announced this. I know that Mike Pence would be a great candidate for the presidency. Isn't he the one who stated "the market in Bagdad was just as safe as the ones in Indiana. Great reporting Peter Hamby.

    January 13, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  6. Len

    Southern Republican Leadership Conference has to be an oxymoron. Don't you think so?

    January 13, 2010 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  7. Party Purity will never bring Political Power!

    What is with all the has been and wanna-be's in the con party?

    January 13, 2010 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  8. Briar, NH

    So? Who is he, the next God of the tin-foilers? I couldn't care less what the court jesters say to the brainless clowns they lead. He can go, or he can stay for all I care. But know this, he will never be president pandering to the technically insane. Those birther, deather, dinosaurs will be the death of this country. They don't have one book read between them, and now they want to lead this country. Insane, insane.

    Raise a lot of money because you'll have to buy a vote. Thinking people won't give our country over to a gaggle of peabrains who think Sarah Palin is the greatest thing since a toothpick.

    January 13, 2010 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |

    They should rename the SRLC to "A Gathering of Idiots".

    January 13, 2010 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  10. Proud To Be An American

    I would be ashamed to have Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, Boby Jindal or Haley Barbour as President of the United States. They would cheapen the office.

    Messers Pence, Pawlenty may have the gravitas and ethics worthy of the highest office in the land .... I'm just not sure yet, but I know these others don't.

    We now have a President we can be proud to claim .... let's keep that tradition going in the future .... no more "Dubyah" ... no more of the "Paris Hilton of Politics".

    January 13, 2010 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  11. Future expat

    Who cares? I mean besides Mike Pence.

    January 13, 2010 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  12. Dem TIl death

    What on earth are the Republican ideas for addressing the nation's needs besides a tax cut for some fat cat and .of course. encouraging the "gun industry'.

    January 13, 2010 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |