Indiana Gov. Mike Pence just announced his “Cut Red Tape” website for businesses, The Times reported the other day. He could offer it as a model for the federal bureaucracy, should he run for president in 2016. But it’s hardly the program to electrify voters or donors.
There was a movement afoot to urge him to run for president in 2012. “I always thought I’d only get to see one Ronald Reagan,” former House majority leader Dick Armey told Fox News in early 2011. Pence “could be that second one.” Such comparisons often alluded to Pence’s blend of conservatism and effective communication style.
Similarly, Mark Tapscott wrote in a March 2012 op-ed that Pence could unite the many facets of the Republican coalition.
Pence needs accomplishments at home if he seeks re-election in 2016. But if he runs for higher office – with neither the name recognition of Marco Rubio nor the fundraising base of Jeb Bush or Chris Christie – he’ll need to start soon.
- Adam Silbert, New York, N.Y.