FRANKLIN - U.S. Rep. Mike Pence is scheduling Republican Lincoln Days Dinner all over Indiana, Howey Politics Indiana has learned.

It is the best clue yet that he is preparing to launch a 2012 Indiana gubernatorial campaign, as opposed to seeking the presidency. "He is scheduling larger counties," a Republican source told HPI on Monday.

"If he is running for President, it would be an interesting and novel strategy. We could call it the Win Indiana Strategy!"

If Pence were to launch a presidential campaign, he would be more likely to spend this winter and spring in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina - the key early primary and caucus states.

Pence spokesman Matt Lloyd told HPI over the weekend that the congressman has not scheduled any media events to announce future plans. The GOP field cleared just before Christmas when Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman announced she would not run due to "minor health problems."

Pence has also been the center of presidential speculation after winning a conservative straw poll last August. Pence opting to run for governor would then potentially pave the way for Gov. Mitch Daniels to enter the presidential race.