Pence in Detroit: A campaign prelude?

November 29, 2010

Prominent House Republican Mike Pence has been frequently mentioned as a potential 2012 presidential candidate. On Monday, he played the part.

In a speech to the Detroit Economic Club, a favorite campaign stop for many aspiring White House contenders, Pence pushed the idea of a flat tax, a rollback of regulatory standards and a constitutional amendment to limit spending to 20 percent of GDP. USA/NRA

“We must have a mechanism that forces Washington as a whole to make the hard choices necessary to reform our nation’s addiction to big spending and unsustainable entitlements,” Pence said, according to a prepared text of his speech.

The social conservative also said “our present crisis is not merely economic but moral in nature” and called for a renewed commitment to the institutions of traditional family and marriage.

The speech was sure to be a hit with the conservative activists and Tea Party followers who will play a big role in the 2012 Republican nominating fight.

Pence, elected to his sixth House term earlier this month, has been considered a likely candidate since he stepped down as chairman of the House Republican Conference after the election.

He was the winner of a presidential straw poll at the Values Voter summit in Washington in September, beating out more high profile conservatives like former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.

Photo credit: Reuters/Chris Keane (Pence speaks at a National Rifle Association meeting, May 14, 2010)

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This guy is a joke. I bet they love him in detroit. He has slammed the auto bailouts and thinks tax cuts to the wealthiest 2 percent is a better way to spend money.

Posted by fromthecenter | Report as abusive

Pence’s speech was a hackneyed rehash of every simplistic idea ever floated on Larry Kudlow’s TV show, which appears to be the only source of information he has on the economy. There is simply no other way to explain his obsession with inflation, a strong dollar, Fed bashing, tax cuts, and the gold standard. Pence could have given the same identical speech in 1980 without changing a word. His proposals show no hint of understanding the true nature of our economic problems or any evidence that he has thought more than five minutes on what to do about them. The sad thing is that Pence at least spent five minutes; most other Republicans don’t appear to have spent even that much. They just have interns watch Larry Kudlow on CNBC and write down whatever slogan was highlighted and then repeat it. At a minimum, this is a really stupid way for a major political party to make policy.

Posted by GetpIaning | Report as abusive

That’s funny getplaning. You just don’t get it. The majority of American people do not agree with you about anything. You tried and your progressive friends were thrown out of office.

All your diatribes did nothing to stop the slaughter of your progressive friends.

You are boring…and you are always wrong.

Posted by TyC | Report as abusive

Hey, MORON TyC- Did you have anything relevant to say, or are you just trolling again?

Posted by Yellow105 | Report as abusive