Paul Ryan Tackles Medicare Reform Head On at The Villages

See Ryan’s Complete Speech at The Villages in the Video Below This Post.

¬† Bookmark and Share¬† With no limits to the depths that Democrats will go in an attempt to¬†maintain¬†control of the behemoth federal bureaucracy that they seek to transform our nation with,¬†the left has¬†made the use of scare tactics a signature¬†part of their¬†election¬†efforts.¬† Liberals have targeted the elderly since the 1980’s when¬†they tried to campaign against Ronald Reagan and Republicans by trying to convince older voters that Reagan and the G.O.P. were going to destroy Social Security .¬† According to liberal’s the policies of Reagan and his fellow evil Republicans were going to force granny into such economic dire straits that she she¬†would be placed on a steady diet of cat food.¬† The same attacks were used against George H.W. Bush in 1988 and ’92, Bob Dole in ’96, George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004 , and now Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan in 2012.

On many occasions Democrats experienced varying degrees of success with that strategy.¬† In 1982 and agin in 1986, they did exceptionally well among seniors by exploiting the fear of our oldest and most vulnerable goldenagers.¬† But that success was in part due to the G.O.P.’s poor political responses to those scare tactics.¬† But in 2012, that doesn’t seem to be¬†the case.¬† Some thirty years after liberals began warning us that Republicans were going to kill our grandparents, people of my age have seen Grandma and Grandpa survive the Reagan¬† years and the Administration’s of both Bush presidencies and not once was Fluffy forced to share her can of 9 Lives with them.¬† That real life¬†experience alone has taken¬† a bit of the edge off the sword of lies leveled by liberals regarding¬†senior citizens but in 2012, what really hurts the left is the addition of¬†Paul Ryan¬†to the Republican presidential ticket.¬† With Ryan onboard and upfront, ¬†the G.O.P. and Mitt Romney have a silver bullet that is aimed right at the heart of this now old and tired liberal line of attack.

Ryan’s mastery of economics and matters of budget combined with his Kemp-like passion for conservative economic theory and principles makes him the preeminent voice for fiscal responsibility in the nation.¬† When discussing his¬†economic beliefs, Paul Ryan demonstrates an innate enthusiasm for his ideas that conveys a wonderful sense of vitality for our nation’s future.¬† And no one can explain those ideas as well as Paul Ryan can.

Whereas Jack Kemp, the conservative giant who actually sold Reaganomics to Ronald Reagan, often spoke about conservative economic policies in technical terms that seemed to make his audience’s eyes glaze over, Paul Ryan’s approach to explaining economic growth and fiscal responsibility tends to generate the same type of enthusiasm for those ideas that he conveys when discussing them.¬†¬†¬† This makes it hard for the left to discount Paul Ryan’s strengths on the issue but making it even harder for them this is Paul Ryan’s personality and image.

For Democrats the problem with trying to make senior citizens fear Paul Ryan and the ideas of the Romney-Ryan Team is that when senior citizens look at and listen to Paul Ryan, they have a hard time visualizing Paul Ryan as the demonic figure whose hands are¬†pushing Grandma off the cliff in her wheelchair.¬† When seniors see and hear Paul Ryan they don’t quite see him as the kid kicking their walker out from under them before running away and laughing.¬† Instead what they see is a smart, respectful, thoughtful, well spoken, humble, handsome, young man with a beautiful young family, and some pretty good ideas.¬† What they see in Paul Ryan is their own grandson, or at least what they wished their grandsons was more like.

That unavoidable impression makes it impossible for Democrats to find any success in the application of their now traditional senior citizen scare tactics.  In fact, this time around, their fear mongering will likely backfire.

Today’s senior citizens are not the same ones that Democrats tried to make fearful of Ronald Reagan.¬† The senior citizens who¬†were voting¬†during the Reagan¬†and George H.W. Bush years, were of a generation that once voted in big numbers for Franklin Delano Roosevelt, a political hero of their generation.¬† But the senior citizens voting in 2012 are of a different generation.¬† An increasingly large number of today’s seniors are the same people who voted in big numbers for Ronald Reagan, the political hero of their generation.¬†¬† That also dilutes the left’s attempt to scare today’s senior citizens.

And it is part of the reason why¬†the Romney/Ryan team’s¬†bold decision to make¬†many of the budget problems that lie at the heart of our¬†national economic crisis, a main focus¬†of the presidential campaign¬† is being well received.¬†¬†The Republican ticket’s willingness to address¬†the entitlement programs which¬†under their current structures require¬†more to¬†be¬†paid out than the government takes in, strikes at the heart of¬† the issue that should be in the forefront of this campaign….fiscal responsibility.¬† And¬†instead of¬†¬†resorting to¬†fear tactics and the pursuit of a political strategy of distractions and shallow political platitudes,¬† Romney and Ryan have decided to elevate the campaign and its dialogue to that of a substantive, adult conversion that forces Americans to confronts our problems.¬†¬†¬†In doing so, this past Saturday,¬†the Republican presidential ticket sent Paul Ryan¬†to discuss the issue of Medicare at The Villages in Florida.

The Villages is an age-restricted, master-planned, retirement community that sprawls across the counties of Sumter¬†, Lake, and Marion in the battleground state of Florida.¬† The Villages is a retirement community for people 55 years of age or older and according to the 2010 census figures, it boasts a population of¬†51,442¬† residents.¬† Given the demographics of that community, sending the liberal’s poster boy for senior genocide to The Villages to discuss aggressive reforms on Medicare might seem to be¬†more like throwing Daniel in to the lion’s den than a campaign stop, but as seen in the video below, Paul Ryan proved that today’s senior citizens are driven more by a desire for changes that lead to real solutions than they are by some fictitious fear of¬†the solutions¬†that Democrats are hoping for.

In what can only be described as a well received explanation¬†for both the need of Medicare reform and the reforms proposed by the Romney/Ryan ticket, Paul Ryan¬†went to The Villages and offered an inspirational call to arms that¬†demonstrated¬†his generation’s need to preserve¬†Medicare for the¬†generations that precede it and follow it¬†.¬†¬† His speech also¬†ushered in the end of an era, the end of the era of successful fear mongering of senior citizens by¬†Democrats.¬† Paul Ryan’s ability to have¬†American’s¬†rationally discuss the issue of entitlements reforms¬†actually¬†takes that particular¬†liberal scare tactic away from¬†Democrats and finally forces them to be¬†held accountability for their unwillingness to deal with such issues effectively.¬†¬†¬†As a result, ¬†where liberals¬†once¬†may have been¬†successful at scaring old people,¬†with the seniors of today when¬†people like Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Nancy¬†Pelosi,¬†Joe Biden and even President Obama,¬†jump out¬†of the bushes to¬†scream¬†“boo”,¬†all they will¬†succeed at doing¬†is making themselves look foolish.

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Romney’s Selection of Paul Ryan for Vice President is a Gamechanger

 In chosing Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan to be his running mate, Mitt Romney has set the stage for an an ideological battle that will force our nation to undergo some deep soul searching.  By picking Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney has finally proven to conservatives that his committment to fiscal responsibility is based upon more than just platitudes and political gamesmanship and in doing so he has not only fired up the base of his Party, he has gotten the attention of voters who are yearning for leaders of substance and who are willing to provide the reforms needed to solve our problems instead of prolonging or exacerbating them.

That is the message offered to us by this first major decision of Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign.

By picking Paul Ryan, the Chairman of the House Budget Committee, Mitt Romney has cornered the market on the most important issue facing Americans today, the economic health of our nation and made it quite clear that he is willing to provide our economy with more than just lip service.

As the House Budget Chairman, Ryan has dedicated himself to getting this nation’s economy back on track by actually addressing all the third rails in politics, including the mountain of entitlements that have brought our nation to the brink of bankruptcy.¬†¬† As the architect of a budget plan that chooses to address¬†our entitlement and spending problems, Paul Ryan has been one of the few political leaders with the fortitude and courage to address¬†our problems honestly and realistically.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†And by nominating Ryan for Vice President, Mitt Romney demonstrated the courage to recognize and acknowledge that Ryan is an asset that we must give a greater role to play in our governance.¬† As such, Romney’s decision to pick Ryan can probably best be described as purposeful.

Romney could have a chosen a running¬†mate based on a number of political and electoral considerations.¬† He could have picked¬†someone like Bob Portman in the hopes that Portman would have delivered the must win state of Ohio to Romney.¬† He could have picked someone like Condoleezza Rice with the intention of¬†playing gender politics or Marco Rubio for the sake of a focussing on ethnic politics in an¬† appeal to the Hispanic vote.¬†¬† There were any number of political based choices that Romney could have made in an attempt to¬†appeal to different electoral demographics.¬† But Romney did not to¬†give into such political temptation.¬† Instead he chose to appeal to all Americans by carefully deciding to put policy considerations over political considerations.¬†¬† And it was a courageous choice.¬† It is no secret that Democrats will try to paint Paul Ryan as a heartless conservative whose budget plan attempts to destroy Americans by cutting everything from Social Security benefits to the elderly, to slashing assistance¬†for the impoverished.¬† But Romney did not succumb to the fear of such propaganda.¬† Instead, by picking Paul Ryan for Vice President, Mitt Romney demonstrated¬†the courage to confront¬†such accusations.¬† In fact selecting Paul Ryan seems to signal Romney’s desire¬†for President Obama to make such accusations so that the Romney-Ryan ticket can dispel those myths once and for all.

But beyond the courage behind Romney’s decision is also the worthiness of Paul Ryan himself.

Paul Ryan is young but experienced, confident, humble, and uses soft spoken¬†words to convey hard hitting facts as he avoids demonizing the opposition.¬† He is a down-to-earth, friendly, likeable, family man, who can relate to voters and still make them feel confident¬†in¬†his ability to step into the presidency if the need arose.¬†¬†So much so that¬†almost exactly one year ago today, I saw fit to endorse Paul Ryan over Mitt Romney for President.¬† Given that small aside, you won’t hear me complaining about Romney’s choice.¬† It is a decision that leaves me confident in Romney’s judgment and excited by the promise of his campaign and potential presidency.

By picking Paul Ryan as his running mate, Mitt Romney neglected to make the safe choice that I feared he would make.  Instead he made a bold choice, the boldest choice of his political career and in the final analysis I believe Paul Ryan will prove to be an extraordinary choice.  Few people have the type of natural command of the budget that Ryan does. And as a protegé of conservative icon Jack Kemp, Paul Ryan is the embodiment of fiscal conservatism and today, Mitt Romney boldly embraced those principles and ensured us of a presidential campaign that will put the ideological direction of our nation at the forefront of the campaign and force us to debate the real issues, the issues that President Obama is trying to avoid.

Who Is Paul Ryan?

Born: January 29, 1970 (age 41), Janesville, Wisconsin

Spouse(s): Janna Ryan

Children : Sam, Liza & Charlie

Residence : Janesville, Wisconsin

Alma mater: Miami University, (Ohio) (BA),

Profession: Blue Collar worker, Marketing Consultant

Religion: Catholic

Political Career :

  • Intern for the foreign affairs advisor assigned to Wisconsin Sen. Bob Kasten.
  • staff economist attached to the office of U.S. Senator Bob Kasten
  • 1992 ‚Äď Ryan became a speechwriter and a volunteer economic analyst with Empower America, an advocacy group formed by Jack Kemp, former education secretary Bill Bennett, the late diplomat Jeane Kirkpatrick and former Minnesota Rep. Vin Weber.
  • 1998 ‚Äď Elected to Congress from his Wisconsin hometown

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The Ryan Record:

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Ryan on the Issues

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Homeland Security Crime Government Reform Health Care
War & Peace Drugs Tax Reform Abortion
Free Trade Civil Rights Social Security Families & Children
Immigration Jobs Welfare & Poverty Corporations
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The VP Matrix

Excitement continues to brew about who Mitt Romney might choose as his Vice President.  Today a story hit the news circulation that Marco Rubio is not being vetted, but Tim Pawlenty is being given serious consideration.  Romney found himself on the defensive this evening.  But before you get too excited about a Marco Rubio candidacy, or too upset about it, you may want to take a breather and consider who Romney is and what kind of campaign he is running.  Flash and splash are not the orders of the day.

Mitt Romney’s campaign need do no more than promise a stronger economy and let Obama continue to create a weaker economy.¬† In fact, Mitt Romney’s tour through small town USA promoting the private sector and values of competition is exactly where he needs to be.¬† Obama is spouting a controversy mixed with a gaffe every day.¬† Why jump in front of a train wreck?¬† Romney’s VP choice will be about as blockbuster as a sandwich from a WaWa vending machine.

Get out your VP scorecards and consider the following:

Mitt’s VP choice will not be a fresh face.

Mitt Romney is not looking for a candidate with little national experience.¬† Nor is he looking for a candidate who everyone on the far right loves.¬† Romney doesn’t need a shot of adrenaline or steroids.¬† The last thing he needs is someone who is going to distract from the national disaster of the Obama Presidency.¬† Romney does not need a divisive TEA party figure.¬† He certainly doesn’t need someone who could be perceived as inexperienced.¬† If Romney picks a veteran, the media will be cautious about trying to embarrass them as a rookie.¬† But media types smell blood in the water when there is fresh meat.¬† Even a studied, prepared candidate might not be able to field a trick question like “do you support the Bush doctrine”.¬† However, a veteran is less likely to be asked that question.

Obama’s inexperience took a back seat in the media when McCain brought in Palin

This is bad for Allen West, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Susana Martinez, Scott Walker, and Paul Ryan.  Could be good for Mitch Daniels, Tim Pawlenty, Jeb Bush, Condi Rice, or Rudy Guiliani.

Mitt’s VP choice will not be old and tired.

The death knell for a Republican candidacy, fair or not, is being old and grey.¬† Nothing plays into stereotypes of Republicans more than an old, grey haired, slow talking wrinkly man.¬† While Romney doesn’t need a shot in the arm, he also doesn’t need something contributing to the stereotypes more than he does already.¬† Right now Romney is Reaganesque in his looks and style.¬† But an older veteran running mate would turn his campaign into the old rich white people’s ticket.¬† Again, it may not be fair or right, but don’t expect a VP over 55 years old.

Don’t expect Newt Gingrich, Fred Thompson, or Rob Portman.¬† Could be good for Bobby McDonnell, Nikki Haley, Chris Christie

Jack Kemp and Bob Dole combined had nearly two centuries of experience

Mitt’s VP choice may not be female or minority.

There is this idea that the only way to defeat Barack Obama is by running a female or minority VP candidate.¬† Aside from that strategy failing miserably with Sarah Palin, the problem is that Republicans pay far less attention to race and gender than Democrats do, and Democrats virulently hate conservative women and minorities.¬† We have seen in recent years just how much visible hatred has been directed toward Sarah Palin, Christine O’Donnell, Allen West, Nikki Haley, Michelle Bachmann, Bobby Jindal, Marco Rubio, etc.¬† There is a clear desire on the left for female and minority Republicans to fail.¬† In Mitt Romney’s case, he is not looking for diversity for diversity’s sake.¬† That’s not to say he won’t pick a female or minority candidate, but if he does it will be someone respected by both sides and unassailable.

This makes Allen West, Bobby Jindal, Marco Rubio, Nikki Haley, and Susana Martinez less likely.¬† However, it doesn’t necessarily knock Condoleeza Rice out of the running, although she will carry the stigma on the left of being chosen for diversity’s sake.¬† Again, might not be fair, but since when were politics fair.

Mitt’s VP choice will not be controversial.

It’s bad when your VP candidate has almost as many quotable gaffes as Joe Biden

Mitt Romney is not looking to cause trouble for himself.¬† He doesn’t need a loudmouth or a controversial character.¬† Don’t expect any candidate who is going to make serious waves.¬† As I said before, Romney doesn’t need a distraction from the freak show of the Obama economy.¬† Expect a well respected candidate who is as smooth politically as Romney himself.

You can scratch the Donald, Chris Christie, Paul Ryan, Allen West, and Newt Gingrich off your list.  This is a strike against Jeb Bush and Condoleeza Rice as well.  But it favors Mitch Daniels, possibly Bob McDonell, and John Thune.

Expect a strategic pick.

Romney’s not going to choose a popular governor from a red state.¬† But he might choose a popular candidate from a purple or blue state.¬† And there are a few to choose from.¬† Rubio would lock of Florida.¬† Bob McDonnell could secure the nearly must win blue state of Virginia.¬† Tim Pawlenty could inspire votes from the teetering Great Lakes states.¬† Rick Snyder of Michigan could really bring in some blue states, but he is likely disqualified for being old and a fresh face at the same time.¬† Brian Sandoval might help swing Nevada to Romney while also providing the opportunity to highlight Harry Reid’s role in the destruction of our economy.

This set of criteria will hardly provide a definite pick.  In fact, some points are contradictory.  But it should provide some ideas for people who are looking at the potential VP picks.  I could hardly make a prediction even based on this criteria.  But I do believe it comprises the factors that Romney will be looking at when making his pick.

The 2012 Election Must Be Used to Reestablish the GOP as the Party of Ideas

Bookmark and Share Once the dust has settled and the final field of Republican presidential candidates has emerged, the Republican Party will have the opportunity to capture the nations political attention for anywhere from a good three or four months. The fact that President Obama is unlikely to face any significant challenge to the Democrat Partys presidential nomination in 2012, will to a large degree, give Republicans the stage to themselves. That opportunity is too precious to not take advantage of in significant ways. But for the G.O.P. to make the most of this opportunity, they must be unconventional. Instead of using the long nomination process that Democrats will not be experiencing, to simply have the candidates attend a string of conventional debates, Republicans need to transform those debates into forums that allow the nation to participate in a national discussion of ideas and reforms.

Little more than three decades ago, New York Democrat Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan famously declared that the G.O.P. had become the Party of ideas. He was correct. Since the early 1960s a growing segment of dissatisfied Republicans were beginning to coalesce around a group of core beliefs..limited government, less taxes, the defense of traditional values and the sanctity of the U.S. Constitution. At a surprisingly early stage in the development of this Republican coalition, they succeeded in dominating the thinking of the G.O.P. by successfully orchestrating the presidential nomination of Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater. In November of 64, President Lyndon Johnsons landslide defeat of Goldwater could have been the end of the beginning for the modern conservative movement. But it was not. Part of the reason for that was Johnsons implementation of liberal extremism with Great Society, big government programs. These acts of government overreach only helped to fuel the energy of the novice Goldwater conservatives. And from then on and into the 1980s, figures like Ohio Congressman John Ashbrook, activists F. Clifton White, William A. Rusher, and many others including later in the game, New York Congressman Jack F. Kemp, fueled the emerging conservative movement with an injection of strong anti-communist postures, a belief in American superiority, and reforms which ranged from the limiting of the federal governments powers, to basing the prosperity of individuals on a tax system that took less but afforded more opportunity through free markets.

By the time Senator Moynihan came to his conclusion about the Republican Party being the Party of ideas, former California Governor Reagan had brought these ideas to the legislative steps of Washington and the conservative movement which was brutally defeated in its first national contest, became the status quo and the modern conservative movement. But thirty years later, that same conservative wave can no longer be considered modern if it runs on the same old ideas. That is why it is time for the contemporary conservative dominated Republican Party to modernize and rejuvenate itself.

For the most part, many of the concepts that were once considered new conservative ideas, have been applied with so much success, that today they have become principles that are taken for granted and even agreed upon by Democrats. So when it comes to things such as the belief that lower taxes empower the people and strengthens our economy, these principles need not be turned away from. Rather they need to be built upon. The success of ideas based on conservative principles, such as Jack Kemps creation of Urban Enterprise Zones, must be expanded upon and applied in new ways to new areas of life in America. The conservative belief that over taxing the rich does not help the poor must be turned in to a coherent policy that is derived through a new innovative tax system. The principle of school choice must finally go from the conceptual stage on some federal drawing board and turned into a legitimate, realistically applied path for states to take advantage of.

By turning his ideas into actual legislative action, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, the Chairman of the House Budget Committee, has set us on the right road with his economic Path to Prosperity. It offers the American people a forceful legislative alternative to the failing application of big government programs. Through a wealth of reform minded ideas, Ryans plan goes beyond rhetorical vision and provides us with substantive options for the way we govern.

Ryans example needs to be followed by all those who are running in the 2012 race for the Republican presidential nomination.

The rejuvenation of the G.O.P. and its ability to continue to be the Party of ideas, can not occur through the use of the normal format that has come to typify todays modern presidential debates. Such forums only allow for the type of simplistic, tabloid soundbites that merely serve to echo some sort of shallow, pseudo-populism. Instead, the G.O.P. needs to recapture the inspirational intellectualism of innovative ideas that it had prior to the mid 1980s. And one of the fastest ways to begin this process, or at least create this impression, is for our candidates to come forward with more than just issue positions but precise programs.

The time has come for our Party to move the government reform discussions of the last three decades to the launching pad. Let us take talk about true tax reform and take it from the drawing board to the Presidents desk. Instead of talk about tinkering with the existing, arcane, tax code by lowering tax rates for all or just for some, let us present plans to scrap it and adopt a new, and fair tax code that is equitable and related to economic growth and greater opportunity. On this front, Herman Cain has taken the lead. Although I disagree with his particular suggestion of a national sales tax, I give him credit for coming forward with the fortitude and courage to approach an old issue in a new way, and to create a debate that as the Party of ideas, the G.O.P. needs to be in the forefront of.

This lead should be followed by the likes of Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, Jon Huntsman, Rick Santorum, Tim Pawlenty, Newt Gingrich and others like Mitch Daniels and Sarah Palin, if they too enter the race. But beyond the need for the individual candidates to utilize the political center stage that the G.O.P.s 2012 nomination contest will provide them with, the time should also be used to specifically devote time to the driving conservative convictions that are at the heart of the G.O.P.. It would behoove conservatives to take advantage of the national election process by a string of debates that are sponsored in conjunction with, or directly by, the Republican National Committee. These prime time events should be designed to give the Republican candidates an opportunity to prove their understanding and conviction to our core conservative beliefs.

In addition to the usual debates, let there be four debates specifically designed to discuss the issues of:

  1. Limited Government and lower taxation
  2. Peace Through Strength
  3. Freedom and Personal Responsibility, and
  4. The American Free Market

Such debates can help articulate and define the message that is behind conservatism and demonstrate the type of intellectual seriousness that can inspire many just as it did during the early days of the movements evolution. These forums can take those who up to now, have had only the most abstract and detached understanding of what conservative thinking represents and promote a better understanding for the reasoning behind Republican thinking. Such forums will also give true conservatives the opportunity to get a feel for which Republican candidate has the best and most sincere understanding of conservatism.

Elections are only as valuable as the candidates involved in them, make them. For Republicans, the process to nominate our standard bearer could and should be used by the presidential candidates to do more than promote themselves. It should be used to advance the conservative thinking that they are suppose to be representative of. If they are willing to do that in a contest of ideas rather than just soem stump speech-like recitation of policy positions, and during a discussion of the future role of conservatism in America, then and only then will this election be profound enough to effect not only the next four years, but the next few generations.

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Mike Pence’s Email Announcement to Supporters

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Below is the email in which Congressman Mike Pence announced to his supporters that he will not be a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012Friends and Supporters,

Over the past few months, my family and I have been grateful for the encouragement we have received to consider other opportunities to serve our state and our nation in the years ahead.

We have been especially humbled by the confidence and support of those who believe we should pursue the presidency, but after much deliberation and prayer, we believe our calling is closer to home.

The highest office I will ever hold is husband and father. As a family, we feel led to devote this time in our lives to continuing to serve the people of Indiana in some way.

In the choice between seeking national office and serving Indiana in some capacity, we choose Indiana. We will not seek the Republican nomination for president in 2012.

In every major decision in my life, I have learned to follow my heart, and my heart is in Indiana. Karen and I love this state: the highways and byways, the small towns and courthouse squares, the big cities and corn fields. We love the strong and good people of this state and feel a debt of gratitude to those who have sustained our work with their steadfast support and prayers.

After years of falling behind, Indiana is on the verge of an era of growth and opportunity like no other time in my life. Those of us who serve Indiana in Congress and in the Statehouse have a unique opportunity to advance the interests of Hoosiers. As Governor Daniels has rightly observed, there is important work to be done in Indianapolis and Washington, and it’s time to focus on the task at hand.

In the months ahead, as we attend to our duties in Congress, we will also be traveling across the state to listen and learn about how Hoosiers think we might best contribute in the years ahead. After taking time to listen to Hoosiers, we will make a decision later this year about what role we will seek to play.

Public service requires humility, patience and discipline to pursue what matters most. To save this nation, men and women of integrity and insistent conservative vision must step forward and serve where they can make the most difference. While we may have been able to seek the presidency, we believe our best opportunity to continue to serve the conservative values that brought us to public life is right here in Indiana.

For now, permit us to simply say “thank you.” In the wake of such encouragement, we have often thought to ask, “who am I, Lord, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?”

Thanks to all those who took time to offer earnest counsel and advice.

Thanks to all who took time to express encouragement from across the state and across the country. And thank you for the prayers of so many faithful friends.Indiana can lead the nation back to fiscal responsibility, reform and strong families.

As we achieve an even better Indiana for our children and grandchildren, we will continue to be a model for a better and stronger America.

Sincerely,

Mike Pence

Columbus, Indiana
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Mike Pence Not Running for President

Bookmark and Share Indiana Congressman Mike Pence is said to be making his announcement regarding a run for President or maybe for Governor of Indiana instead, on Thursday. But today Roll Call reports that the influential conservative Representative is not likely to run for President.

Jerry Alexander, Pences former Political Director told Roll Call

Theres a 100 percent chance that hes not going to announce a run for president,.

The Indianapolis Star is said to be posting Pences decision after 7 p.m. Eastern time.

The decision to not run for President would more than likely mean that Mike Pence will in fact seek to replace outgoing Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels who is term limited. This would follow the logic behind a schedule for the Congressman that has him attending 9 different Lincoln Day dinners for Indiana Republican county organizations.

A decision by Pence to not run for President will mark one of the first moves by a major potential player in the Republican field and have a likely impact on the decisions of several others who are considering a bid for the Republican Presidential nomination. The now unlikely presidential candidacy of Mike Pence also leaves a segment of social conservatives now having to look elsewhere for a champion of values. One of the most interesting questions will be what the supporters of Mike Pence will do.

A recent draft Pence movement by the Americas President Committee, could now shift their support elsewhere. Who that would be is still unclear.

UPDATE:

The Star posted the news early with a letter Pence and his wife Karen sent to supporters.

In the choice between seeking national office and serving Indiana in some capacity, we choose Indiana, Pence wrote. We will not seek the Republican nomination for president in 2012.

Pence said he would decide his next step later this year.

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Conservatives “Amp It Up” in Draft Mike Pence for President Movement

Bookmark and Share In an email to supporters of Indiana Congressman Mike Pence, Ralph Benko, the coordinator of the Americas President Committee, tells Pences fans to amp it up and demand that Mike Pence run for President.

The email goes on to point out how momentum for the draft Pence effort is building and gaining prominent supporters. It reads;

Conservative leaders and icons like former House Majority Leader Dick Armey and conservative icons such as Richard Viguerie, Brent Bozell and Morton Blackwell are not just joining with Rep. Ryun and me. They are using their influence to rally others to the Mike Pence cause.

Benko also reminds people to sign up with the draft effort at http://theconservativechampion.org and to join the efforts Facebook page.

Pence faces a tough decision that will force him to give up his safe seat in the House of Representatives at the end of 2012. He can either decalre himself a candidate for the Republican nomination for Governor of Indiana, to replace outgoing Governor Mitch Daniels, or he can throw himself in to the presidential sweepstakes.

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