Gov. Mike Pence delved into foreign policy at a Berlin hotel near the Brandenburg Gate last week, with advance text leaked to Fox News, suggesting serious consideration of a 2016 presidential run is underway.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 11:41 AM
By BRIAN A. HOWEY
ISLAMORADA, Fla. - Gov. Pence, you’re busted!
a man who has not spent one minute thinking about running for president
in 2016, the milepost flash came last Thursday afternoon when Fox News First
revealed an exclusive advance copy of remarks the Indiana governor
would be making at the historic Adlon Hotel near Berlin’s Brandenburg
Gate. This was a national advance that eluded the Hoosier press.
This would be no economic development announcement creating German jobs for Hoosiers in LaPorte, South Bend and Columbia City.
We’ll let Fox News pick
up the narrative: He will decry “Russian aggression” and call on
President Obama to resurrect a planned missile-defense shield for
Eastern Europe that Obama scrapped in 2009. Pence, who said he will make
a decision on a potential 2016 presidential run in the coming months,
is in Germany on a privately funded trade mission. But touting his
decade on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Pence will strike a
hawkish tone. From the prepared remarks provided to Fox News First:
“With Russian aggression on the rise, clearly conciliatory diplomacy has
failed. While sanctions are of some value, in the interest of our
alliance, I believe the United States and the EU must respond with deeds
more than words to strengthen our economic and strategic defenses.”
You can debate the notion that Pence’s assessment may have problems (both the New York Times and Economic Times
portray the pre-sanction Russian economy as one in significant
contraction, with an alarming flight of capital and talent well
underway) just as you could when he compared a pre-surge Iraq market
bazaar to one in Bargersville.
The key line in the Fox report is that Team Pence is conveying that a presidential decision will be made “in the coming months,” which
differs from the official line to Indiana press that all systems are
“go” for a 2016 reelection; that the governor is simply politely
listening to national overtures. The signals from the Pence
administration have been mixed and confusing for six months now. Last
fall, senior Pence administration officials indicated to HPI he was a
sure bet for reelection advising a “follow the money” script, but a
couple days later he contradicted that assessment in an interview with
the Washington Post.
All of this should be enough for Lt.
Gov. Sue Ellspermann, Speaker Brian Bosma and Senate President David
Long to rethink their 2016 political plans.
What is obvious
here is that Team Pence is doing everything they can to stoke what
appears to be a “draft Mike” campaign aimed at the current GOP