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Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels and Congressman Mike Pence are both considering seeking the GOP nomination for president in 2012.

Both are undecided on whether they will run. This news may inspire them to either stay home or get moving:

…there was a straw poll last weekend of the New Hampshire Republican Party people who gathered in Derry for their annual meeting.

Manchester’s WMUR and ABC News conducted the poll, in which 273 of 500 eligible GOP attendees voted.

The results: former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who has a house on New Hampshire’s Lake Winnipesaukee, got 35 percent of the votes cast. And Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, and father of Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., came in second with 11 percent.

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty came next with 8 percent, former Alaska Gov. and 2008 vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin drew 7 percent, Minnesota Rep. Michelle Bachman and South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint each got 5 percent, and tea party leader Herman Cain took 4 percent.

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and Indiana Rep. Mike Pence of 6th District, who have not closed the door(s) on running, were among the 3 percenters.

 

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney has been making the media rounds again. He told CNN he’s “intrigued” by the prospect of Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels running for president in 2012. Daniels worked in the Bush White House, and Cheney says he should do for the nation what he did for Indiana. (Indiana residents: what are your thoughts on that prospect?)

Daniels is one of two Hoosiers who are considering seeking the GOP nomination. The other is Congressman Mike Pence.

The “America’s President Committee” (led by former Kansas Representative Jim Ryun) has launched a web petition encouraging Indiana Congressman Mike Pence (a Republican) to run for President. Pence is expected to decide whether to run this week, but as Politico reports, he may opt to run for Governor instead. Current Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels is also on the list of possible GOP Presidential candidates.

The two Hoosiers in the pool of possible Republican Presidential candidates are in the headlines this week.

First, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels is profiled in the New York Times:

Of all the Republicans talking about the deficit these days, Mitch Daniels, the governor of Indiana, has arguably the most credibility.

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I recently sat down with him in his office to talk about what small government might actually look like. To be clear, it would be very different from the Tea Party dream, in which taxes could be cut;Medicare, Social Security and the military could be left untouched; and the deficit would somehow vanish. Mr. Daniels is willing to acknowledge as much.

Next, Politico reports that Representative Mike Pence will give the keynote address at the Awakening Conference’s annual black-tie dinner:

The conference—which in previous years has been held at the exclusive golf resort known as The Cloisters in Sea Island, Ga.—is an invitation-only gathering of conservative pols, thinkers and activists that was originally designed to counter the Renaissance Weekend, an event they characterized as a gathering of liberal elites. Former President Bill Clinton co-chaired that gathering in the past, but it has featured guests from both sides of the aisle.

Awakening has a history in presidential politics: In early 2007, it was the forum Romney used to try to explain away the moderate social positions he adopted as Massachusetts governor before pivoting into a presidential run that officially kicked off shortly afterward.


After saying he would “pray about” a 2012 bid for President, Republican Indiana Congressman Mike Pence is expected to make a decision next month. Pence is also considering a run for governor. The gubernatorial bid may be a safer bet for Pence, since Republican Lt. Governor Becky Skillman is not running, and neither is outgoing Democratic Senator Evan Bayh.

Representative Mike Pence (R-IN) is one half of the Republican Hoosiers reportedly mulling a 2012 bid for the White House. (Governor Mitch Daniels is the other, though he’s not making any decisions soon.)

Politico reports that Pence will soon give a high-profile speech at the Detroit Economic Club. It’s a move likely meant to further his name and reputation on the national scene.

Pence, who recently announced he would step down from House leadership, will address the club Nov. 29. House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) spoke there earlier this year in what he billed as a major economic address.

Pence has been coy on what his future might hold, but in stepping down as chairman of the House Republican Conference, he acknowledged that his ambitions lay far beyond the House. He’s rumored to be eyeing a gubernatorial bid or a potential White House run in 2012.

Speculation abounds on Indiana governor Mitch Daniels‘s potential presidential run, but perhaps the “will he? won’t he?” discussion about Daniels has overshadowed another Hoosier with aspirations for 2012. Representative Mike Pence recently beat former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee in a Values Voters straw poll. And The Fix looks at how a Pence campaign might play out.

Pence was rumored as a possible 2008 contender, and is gaining buzz for 2012, but doesn’t yet have the same national profile as Huckabee or Mitt Romney. If Sarah Palin runs, Pence, Huckabee and Romney may not stand a chance, since Palin will draw social conservatives and Tea Partiers, says Chris Cillizza of The Fix. But if Palin stays out of the race, Pence, Huckabee and Romney will have a better chance at the nomination, though they will fight for social conservatives. Pence may also appeal to fiscal conservatives and Tea Partiers more than Huckabee and Romney.

The repmikepenceforpresident.com domain has been registered, but any Presidential run is pure speculation at this point. Given the crowded field in the 2008 GOP primaries, the party may be looking for a clear frontrunner early on.

A few people have asked why The Edit hasn’t posted any speculation about the mayoral race recently. Well, we don’t want to mislead anyone. But, with another candidate in the Mayor’s race, we’ll offer this.

Jim King made his announcement today with a PR firm (Tandem) behind him. He had a video crew record my interview with him and he’s clearly ready to sink a lot of money into this campaign.

Greg Fischer and David Tandy do not have as slick of campaigns as King…yet, but King’s entrance could put everyone into high gear for fundraising early on.

On the Republican side, Steve Pence is still an option, and Dan Seum said Doug Hawkins could fulfill his promise to run in State Sen. Seum’s steed. Hawkins would have to work hard to get the support he needs, and Pence may not want to give up his successful current career to run for a municipal office.

The GOP could also be working on choosing a candidate behind the scenes. With at least three Democrats battling it out in a primary, a unified Republican front could launch after Labor Day and smoothly sail until the general election campaign begins. This move would also save the Republican candidate significant energy and money by preventing a high-profile primary. It’s a smart political move, but it’s also risky; the public won’t have the chance to weed out a candidate they don’t like, and instead of losing a primary early on, the candidate loses the election much later.

However…The Republican candidate would have to compete with the media attention given to the contested Democratic primary.

It could be argued that the early start to the campaign will instill a fatigue in voters, and everyone will be tired of hearing about the candidates by the time the election comes around. I think the idea of voter fatigue is something that gets a lot of coverage, but doesn’t really exist.

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