A recent midweek night found two state legislators, an entrepreneur and us in a local eatery enjoying a leisurely dinner. The topics zipped around the table like so many Ping Pong balls. One almost needed a scorecard to keep track. We tackled the economy, the Statehouse, growth and development and, naturally, politics. When the topic of the 2016 race for the presidency bubbled to the surface, by a 3-2 vote it was determined Hillary Clinton would not run. (We believe she will.) Then, one among us asked the others what they could foresee with respect to a potential run for the Oval Office by Gov. Mike Pence. Two among the party immediately, and nearly simultaneously, said, “Vice president.” It was something neither of us had thoroughly considered. We’ve always believed that if Pence tossed his hat into the ring, it would be for the No. 1 gig. But when one stops to think about it, a vice-presidential role for the governor makes a lot of sense; it would be a greening for the future … if everything worked out for him. As we’ve stated before, we’d like to see him make more inroads as Indiana’s chief executive. Were he to hit the campaign trail, the import of his in-state to-do list obviously would lessen. So, with whom would he be paired? The name that quickly surfaced was Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, he of the union-busting pedigree. But Walker is facing tough times in his own state for purported ties with third-party groups. Last week he was in a virtual polling tie with challenger Mary Burke. Maybe Walker isn’t the answer. Regardless, we all agreed that Washington is in Pence’s future. It seems now that it’s just a matter of what and when. What are your thoughts? Should he run? If so, which office should he pursue, president or vice president? Is it too soon to make that call? Please share your opinion at [email protected].
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