Pence to Decide About Senate Bid This Weekend

Posted January 22, 2010 at 5:45pm

Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) says he and his wife will “take the weekend— to decide whether to run for the Senate this year.Pence said Friday on WIBC radio host Greg Garrison’s program that he’s been “flattered— and “humbled— by calls for him to challenge Sen. Evan Bayh (D).Pence, who ranks third in House GOP leadership as the chairman of the Republican Conference, confirmed that he met Thursday with National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn (Texas) and his political staff.“What we’re really trying to discern is, Where can we best serve our constituents, our conservative values and the country in 2010?— Pence said.Though Pence hasn’t come to a decision, he seemed to lay out a stronger case for continuing to serve in the House, where he has a safe seat. Pence noted that he holds a leadership position and thinks Republicans can win a majority in the House this year. The path to a Republican majority in the Senate, however, is even more difficult.“Whether it be fiscal responsibility or traditional moral values or a strong defense, the fact that conservatives could get control of one chamber of the Congress in 2010 and begin to restore those principles to government is a very significant opportunity and a serious opportunity,— Pence said. “So we’re weighing those things. … Karen and I are going to take the weekend, take a hard look at it, commit the matter to prayer and try and make a decision in the near future.—