Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) has been juggling his options. He turned down a chance to run for the US Senate last year in the wake of the exit of incumbent Evan Bayh (D-IN), but at this point it looks like he may abandon his seat in the House to run for either Governor of Indiana or President of the United States. A new political action committee is trying to lure him into the race for the higher office.
The PAC is called American President’s Committee, and it already has a website up – theconservativechampion.org – dedicated solely to supporting the candidacy of Mike Pence in the 2012 Republican presidential primaries.
The PAC is the creation of former Rep. Jim Ryun (R-KS) and Ralph Benko, who held positions in the administrations of Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush.
Benko says they are hoping to rally conservative Republicans around one candidate, and believes Pence is the one, based on a long and strong record as a steadfast conservative.
He made those views known before entering elective office on the radio airwaves of the state he represents.
Benko also says he already has $70K in the bank to support the draft Pence movement.
The PAC is asking conservatives to sign a petition that reads, “We, the undersigned, call upon you, Mike Pence, to run for President. Congressman Pence, reports are that you are deciding in January whether to enter the Republican Primaries. You will have my enthusiastic support and that of tens of thousands of other conservatives. You are uniquely qualified to take America’s helm at this moment of great peril.”