Rising Pro-Life Star Mike Pence Won’t Run for Senate, Possible 2012 Candidate

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 26, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Rising Pro-Life Star Mike Pence Won’t Run for Senate, Possible 2012 Candidate

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
January 26
, 2010

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Indiana Congressman Mike Pence is a rising star within the pro-life movement and has become a key player in the abortion debate because of his steadfast position and willingness to take on Planned Parenthood. Today, Pence announced he won’t seek a Senate seat in Indiana.

The move helps Pence keep his 2012 options open as he has been described by political observers as a potential presidential candidate or running mate against pro-abortion President Barack Obama in his re-election bid.

Erick Erickson of Red State was the first to post about Pence’s decision — which he said was a good one because his pro-life voice is needed as one of the top Republicans in the House of Representatives.

"Lots of people on the outside have been pushing Pence, but he has all along seemed interested in staying to fight for 2010. A Senate run would bring into question his ability to lead the House GOP Conference at the same time," Erickson said. "This is refreshing news to many conservatives who were fearful that Pence leaving the House would leave its leadership devoid of a truly conservative voice."

The conservative writer also noted Pence’s possible long-term presidential ambitions.

"I’m also hearing that Pence is not opposed to higher office, just not the Senate," Erickson said. "He’s going to be traveling a whole lot in the coming year helping candidates and meeting voters across the nation. The many conservatives floating Pence 2012 might have some incentive to keep that effort going."

In a letter to his supporters on FaceBook, Pence confirmed Red State’s report.

"After much prayer and deliberation, I have decided to remain in the House and to seek reelection to the 6th Congressional District in 2010," he said.

"I am staying for two reasons. First because I have been given the responsibility to shape the Republican comeback as a member of the House Republican Leadership and, second, because I believe Republicans will win back the majority in the House of Representatives in 2010," Pence writes today.

"I believe the best chance this nation has to restore fiscal discipline, common sense and common values to Washington, D.C., is for conservatives to retake the House in 2010. When we win back the House, we will make history and we will have the power to stop the big government plans of this administration and to steer our nation," he contnued.

Pence has credited the pro-life movement with stopping the pro-abortion health care bill.

He also recently said Barack Obama is the most pro-abortion president in the nation’s history.

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