Mike Pence passes on 2012 presidential bid
By Chris Cillizza
Indiana Rep. Mike Pence will not run for president but has left the door open to running for governor of the Hoosier State in 2012.
"In the choice between seeking national office and serving Indiana in some capacity, we choose Indiana," Pence said in a letter to supporters first reported by the Indianapolis Star. "We will not seek the Republican nomination for president in 2012."
Pence has been publicly mulling whether to run for the open governor's office or for president for several months. In recent weeks, he has received considerable encouragement to run for president.
Pence's leanings seemed to have zig-zagged in recent months.
Earlier this year he was widely expected to run for president. But, then former Sen. Evan Bayh (D) and Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman (R) both announced they would forsake what had been seen as likely runs for governor in 2012, leaving the field wide open for Pence. (Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels -- himself a potential presidential candidate -- is term limited out of office in 2012.)