C’mon, be president!
(National Journal)– Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., is set to announce a decision on his political future on Friday, according to his mother, who has been urging him to finally put an end to all of the building speculation over his political future.
“He will be making his announcement tomorrow,” said Nancy Pence Fritsch, contacted today by telephone at her home in Columbus, Ind.
Asked to confirm reports that she has told her son to make up his mind about whether he’s going to run for Indiana governor or president of the United States, the congressman’s mom did not deny it.
“What’s a mother to do?” Fritsch said.
As for what her son will announce on Friday — or where or how he will announce it — she said: “I have nothing more to say.”
Update: Report now saying he will rule out running for president.
(Roll Call)– A former operative for Rep. Mike Pence says the Indiana Republican won’t be running for president. Pence plans to reveal the decision about his political future Thursday, multiple outlets reported, and former Pence Political Director Jerry Alexander told Roll Call that the Congressman isn’t likely to announce much.
“There’s a 100 percent chance that he’s not going to announce a run for president,” said Alexander, who worked for Pence from 2001 to 2007.
That means Pence will be running for governor, ending more than a year of speculation about whether he’d seek national office. The Indianapolis Star said it would post Pence’s announcement after 7 p.m. Eastern time.