It's official: Pence running for governor
May 5th, 2011
11:02 AM ET
12 years ago

It's official: Pence running for governor

(CNN) – Indiana Rep. Mike Pence announced Thursday he is running for governor of his state, a widely expected move after the popular conservative decided not to run for president earlier this year.

"Over the past several months, we've traveled across this state, meeting with people in every walk of life. We've listened and learned where Hoosiers think we might best serve Indiana in the years ahead," Pence said in a web video announcing his candidacy. "I've been humbled by the outpouring of encouragement we've received from people across this state... and it's for that reason today, I'm announcing my candidacy for the Republican nomination for governor of Indiana in 2012."

Pence, the five-term congressman from Indiana's 6th Congressional District, considered a presidential bid last year and appeared to be the early favorite among social conservatives. But despite lobbying from some leaders within the GOP, he announced in February that he would not seek the presidency this cycle, leading many to speculate he instead had his eyes on the Indiana State House.

"To keep Indiana growing, Hoosiers know we must have principled leadership at every level to make the right choices," said Pence. "We need to live within our means, and embrace policies that will create good jobs, great schools, safe streets and strong families."

Democrats have yet to field a candidate, though former Indiana House Speaker John Gregg has indicated he is interested in running.

Meanwhile, Indiana Democrats are painting Pence as a creature of Washington.

"Congressman Mike Pence loves Washington, so much so that he made his campaign announcement from there instead of heading back to the heartland and standing with the Hoosiers he wants to represent," Indiana Democratic Party Chairman Dan Parker said in a statement. "Congressman Pence has spent a decade in Congress focusing on divisive issues rather than working for the people of Indiana."

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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Dave

    I'm glad I don't live in Indiana.

    May 5, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  2. fayse

    My advice to those who live in Indiana is remember what Scott Walker did to Wisconsin. Don't vote for the GOP.

    May 5, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  3. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    He'll make a GREAT Governor! Good luck Mike!

    May 5, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  4. Fair is Fair

    Congress' loss is Indiana's gain. Best of luck to you, Mr. Pence.

    May 5, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  5. GI Joe

    There's nothing holding his eyes apart.

    Pence: "Without abortions, we'd have more people paying into social security".

    Say WhAT? WHAT JOBS would they be doing? Where are the jobs you ran on last year?

    May 5, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  6. Shawn

    It's official: nobody cares.

    May 5, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  7. nate

    Goodbye Indiana

    May 5, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  8. a in austin

    don't be fooled – this man does NOT have your best interests at heart. Being from TX our buffoon of a gop governor and gop led legislature are doing their best to stab the backs of main street voters while still giving tax cuts to the rich and big oil. They want voters to believe otherwise. Laying off teachers, police officers, and fire fighters along with the other gop governors seems to be the game plan as well as taking away freedom of choice for women. Please, open your eyes!

    May 5, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  9. indydave

    This warning brought to you by the letter "D" for "Dominionist," and for "Dangerous." This guy is hardly different from Rick Santorum. I'm very unhappy to see the amount of support he seems to have. He does not deserve gubernatorial power.

    May 5, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  10. Not All Docs Play Golf

    This guy is a staunch right wing no-compromise ideologue whose biggest mission is an attack on women by cutting funding for pap smears, cancer screening, birth control, STD prevention and treatment to impoverished women. I've never seen the man smile, not once. Extreme right winger. Not what would represent ALL hoosiers.

    May 5, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  11. nate

    He's just doing this to get more repub cred to run for president, he doesn't care about being a Govenor.

    May 5, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  12. johnRJ08

    A dangerous theocrat whose rigid, fundamentalist beliefs would erase many of our most basic rights. Irony intended, God help Indiana if he's elected.

    May 5, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  13. Greg in Arkansas

    If Pence's tax cuts for the rich will create about we make ALL income over $250K TAX FREE.....that should create enough jobs to put everyone back to work........right?????.......right???....(GOP Logic to the next level)

    May 5, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  14. Fair is Fair

    "I can not Vote for Romney. How many of his children volunteered for military service ? NONE !"

    My only son volunteered for military duty. Are you going to vore for me?

    May 5, 2011 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  15. PalmReader

    "Laying off teachers, police officers, and fire fighters along with the other gop governors seems to be the game plan as well as taking away freedom of choice for women."

    Yes, because laying off fire fighters during a time when Texas is battling one brush fire after another makes about as much GOPer sense as anything else I've heard coming from the fiscally responsible *don't need no more stinking Goverment* GOPers lately. Mike Pence is another Rick Perry. Hopefully, Indiana won't take him too seriously, and actually vote him in.

    May 5, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    How long has Pence been a career politician?
    He supported all of Bush's policies that put us where we are today. And his current ideology/theology are the very same nonsnese that almost destroyed America. He and the rest of the GOP would push us back into the ditch with their selfish and egotistical politicking.

    May 5, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  17. OneMoreTime

    So what does this mean?
    Does Indiana have gubernatorial term limits, or
    Mitch Daniels is going to run for President, or
    The tea party is out to devour another decent politician and put their own puppet in, or

    May 5, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  18. Aaron

    Let these looney Repubs keep running. The cast is getting so large that hopefully the billionarie Koch brothers will go bankrupt bankrolling this free range mental institution.

    May 5, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    .... I'm very unhappy to see the amount of support he seems to have. He does not deserve gubernatorial power.
    Conservatives in Indiana enjoy a lot of support because of all of the right wing controlled radio stations. As you drive across the state, you will that the radio stations have overlapping broadcast areas. This means you can listen to people like Rush Limbaugh on your choice of 3 or more stations in well over half of the state, and do so at multiple times of the day.

    May 5, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  20. rusty155

    I live In Indiana and I wouldn't vote for Mike Pence If he was the Only person Running. Indiana don't need A GOV that was In front of the State House In D.C. with the TEA PARTY saying shut it down , Shut the GOVERNMENT down. Well that tell me that he back by the TEA PARTY , and The people of Indiana don't need the something happen here that was happen In Wisconsin, Ohio and MICH. And It also tell me he didn't care How many people It hurt by shutting the GOVERNMENT DOWN. Even the OLD or The POOR Or even the Military and there family. This Man doesn't deserve TO BE A MEMBER OF CONGRESS LET ALONG BE A GOV OF INDIANA. Any body vote for this man Is a IDIOT.

    May 5, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    Dangerous man who is pushing the same social and political ideology/theology that almost destroyed America. How do these people feel that going backward to when Bush was in power – how would that be a good thing??
    Why would implementing the same faliled Bush/neo-con programs of tax subsidies for corporations and the elite wealthy help the working and middle class, or small business? How could destroying our government by the people elected to run the government be a good thing?

    May 5, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  22. a little sad

    So Happy. Anything to get him out of the House.

    (Sorry Indiana)

    May 5, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  23. demgirl89

    You announced from DC, Mike. We all know where you loyalty is, and it is not here in Indiana.

    May 5, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |