What was Mike Pence thinking?

Mike Pence (R-IN) certainly knew that his stepping out of the U.S. Senate race against Evan Bayh (D-IN) would be the perfect opportunity for him to anoint (or at least raise the profile of) a candidate who had already been running for the seat — John Hostetler and Marlin Stutzman, to name two.

So those who are currently targeting Dan Coats would have to assume that Mike Pence was ignorant of the U.S. Senate record of Coats when Pence made this tricky-to-retract statement of support on February 4th. Or perhaps Pence knows something that the detractors of Coats do not know. It will be interesting to see what happens next.

Rep. Pence statement on Sen. Coats

Updated: Thursday, 04 Feb 2010, 1:07 AM EST
Published : Thursday, 04 Feb 2010, 1:05 AM EST

Rep. Mike Pence (R-6th District, IN) released this statement in response to the possibility of former Senator Dan Coats running for the Senate in 2010.

“I am very excited about the possibility that former Senator Dan Coats may run for the United States Senate in 2010 and I sincerely hope he does it. His integrity and conservative record would make him the ideal candidate for Hoosiers. If he runs, I will support him.”