Congressman Mike Pence to run for Indiana governor

INDIANAPOLIS Sat Jun 11, 2011 4:49pm EDT

Representative Mike Pence (R-IN) looks at his notes before a news conference about the goal of permanently extending Bush-era tax rates at the Capitol in Washington December 2, 2010. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Representative Mike Pence (R-IN) looks at his notes before a news conference about the goal of permanently extending Bush-era tax rates at the Capitol in Washington December 2, 2010.

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INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) - Mike Pence, a six-term Indiana congressman and staunch conservative Republican, officially kicked off his run for governor on Saturday before a group of supporters in his hometown of Columbus.

"I'm running for governor because I love this state and I believe Hoosiers are the best people in America," he said.

Pence said he believed Indiana is "on the verge of an era of growth and opportunity like no other in my lifetime, and we can't go back now," citing the leadership of current Republican Governor Mitch Daniels, who cannot run for a third term.

While calling Indiana the "fiscal envy of the nation" with the fastest growing economy in the country in 2010, Pence noted the state's unemployment is still over 8 percent.

"We gotta keep Indiana growing, but that won't happen without a fight," he said.

A big part of that fight, he said, is against federal regulations, unfunded requirements from the federal government and taxes that Pence says "threaten our freedom and stifle our growth.

"We need to be willing to say 'Yes' to Indiana and 'No' to Washington, D.C." Pence said. Pence said he will fight for citizens "to live, work, run our schools without unnecessary intrusion." He also said he would oppose environmental policies such as the cap-and-trade system to control greenhouse gases, and the healthcare reforms signed into law by President Barack Obama a year ago.

Pence said his vision for Indiana focused on good jobs, great schools, safe streets and strong families."

Dan Parker, the chairman of the Indiana Democrat Party, criticized Pence for spending "the last decade pandering to the extreme wing of his party.

"Our next governor is going to inherit the kind of problems that require complex, thoughtful solutions," Parker said.

"Folks need to carefully consider which candidate will be able to unite our state, work across the aisle and embrace an agenda that puts jobs and the economy first. That candidate is not Mike Pence."

(Editing by James B. Kelleher and Greg McCune)

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Comments (8)
edgyinchina wrote:
An educated and informed public is a scary thing for Republicans, and the Hon. Mike Pence is one of the biggest advocates for this brand of conservatism. Who wants to bet that one of his campaign ideas will be to cut funding for education? Thus making sure that Hoosiers are even less educated, and can be easily manipulated by Fox Propaganda, and therefore less informed?

Jun 11, 2011 12:53am EDT  --  Report as abuse
cocostar wrote:
Hopefully the state of Indiana’s got this parasites number by now. Of course the right wing would take credit for occasions that had nothing to do with their right wing babble. Cause thats all we’ve been getting from the republicans since Reagan.
Voted for Reagan, voted for Bush 1, then turned independent and wished I never would of voted for either one of them!! Never voted for Clinton and wished I would of! Proud to be a LIBERAL INDEPENDENT.
The right wings most dreaded word is “LIBERAL”, “MEANING” VOTER WITH A BRAIN!!!
The right wing refuses to recognize the fact that the republican party was once dominated by Progressive conservative LIBERALS!! A good example of this would of been Lincoln who I could believe was the first republican President? He once refused to run for office as an incumbent because he said everyone should have the chance to serve in office. Today’s gold carpet politicians would have him quickly removed for idea’s suggesting term limits and an end to free money and life.
Would it of been a liberal thing to do to send semi educated slaves back to their home lands with a different idea for life?
Today’s right wing are not for the people by the people they are for the special interest by the special interest.
The idea of smaller government and less tax is ridiculous. Just like the massive debt that the republicans have accumulated and caused to accumulate over the last 31 years. Smaller government means less oversight and more organized international corporate crime. More organized and efficient government would be a better idea. And goofy Grover’s idea of no new taxes and unfunded foreign war are nothing but a hidden agenda of deceit aimed at S.S. and medicare which the republicans have hated since their inception. They are nothing but selfish communist ingrates and there’s nothing American about them!
Vote for an end to the republican party of deception and deceit for they have become worse than the communist party!

Jun 12, 2011 10:46am EDT  --  Report as abuse
cocostar wrote:
Hopefully the state of Indiana’s got this parasites number by now. Of course the right wing would take credit for occasions that had nothing to do with their right wing babble. Cause thats all we’ve been getting from the republicans since Reagan.
Voted for Reagan, voted for Bush 1, then turned independent and wished I never would of voted for either one of them!! Never voted for Clinton and wished I would of! Proud to be a LIBERAL INDEPENDENT.
The right wings most dreaded word is “LIBERAL”, “MEANING” VOTER WITH A BRAIN!!!
The right wing refuses to recognize the fact that the republican party was once dominated by Progressive conservative LIBERALS!! A good example of this would of been Lincoln who I could believe was the first republican President? He once refused to run for office as an incumbent because he said everyone should have the chance to serve in office. Today’s gold carpet politicians would have him quickly removed for idea’s suggesting term limits and an end to free money and life.
Would it of been a liberal thing to do to send semi educated slaves back to their home lands with a different idea for life?
Today’s right wing are not for the people by the people they are for the special interest by the special interest.
The idea of smaller government and less tax is ridiculous. Just like the massive debt that the republicans have accumulated and caused to accumulate over the last 31 years. Smaller government means less oversight and more organized international corporate crime. More organized and efficient government would be a better idea. And goofy Grover’s idea of no new taxes and unfunded foreign war are nothing but a hidden agenda of deceit aimed at S.S. and medicare which the republicans have hated since their inception. They are nothing but selfish communist ingrates and there’s nothing American about them!
Vote for an end to the republican party of deception and deceit for they have become worse than the communist party!

Jun 12, 2011 10:46am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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