Pence 2016’s Secret Weapon: Pat Quinn


October 16, 2014 7:35 AM

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The final days of election season 2014 are here. There’s little doubt the GOP will take back the Senate. How many seats will they see? 51? 52? 54? Frankly, it doesn’t really matter. In many ways, we’ve already jumped focus to the next big thing: 2016.

But not so fast. The heated race next door between Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and Republican businessman Bruce Rauner may be key in 2016.

Despite blatant corruption, tax hikes, rampant crime and a faltering economy in Illinois Quinn holds a sizable lead over his opponent. That’s bad news for Illinois, but great news for Indiana. …And Gov. Pence!

Indiana is a state that works. A Midwest success story. We make a business out of stealing Illinois’ business. Undoubtedly, the steady decline of our neighbor has, in part, led to Indiana’s post-recession recovery. Pro-growth policies at home and failed policies next door have caused businesses from all across Illinois to flock to Indiana. Our legislatures couldn’t be happier.

It’s cannibalistic economics at its finest. The further Illinois declines, the better off the great Hoosier state will be.

With private sector job well over 100,000 since Pence took office, he has quite a record to tout. Budget surpluses, steady growth and limited political strife. Not to mention his Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0; track record on immigration, taxes, national defense and abortion; and strong relations with the Koch brothers. As a candidate, Pence is the sort of conservative technocrat who could perform well in the grueling primary process.

A level-headed and conflict-free conservative, Pence is the epitome of everything Hillary is not.

Although he’s still a relative unknown to the average American, he’s gaining greater national acclaim every day. As long as the job numbers continue to be positive in Indiana, he may be one tough cookie to beat.

It’s this simple: If Quinn wins in November, Pence will too. It certainly doesn’t guarantee him the Presidency, but it sure couldn’t hurt. You know he’s interested.

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  • Dean_Adams

    As a Democrat I am excited about the prospect of Pence being the Republican nominee

  • Dean_Adams

    By the way, misspelled words in your headline don’t bode well for acceptance of your message.

  • Dean_Adams

    Are you majoring in remedial English at IU?

    “Although he’s still a relative unknown to the average American, he’s gaining greater national notoriety every day.”

    noun: notoriety
    the state of being famous or well known for some bad quality or deed.
    “the song has gained some notoriety in the press”synonyms:infamy, disrepute, ill repute, bad name, dishonor, discredit;
    datedill fame

  • Her name is Secretary Clinton, not Hillary. Why do people think it’s OK to address women by their first name as if the women are children?

    • ReadyforHillary

      She’s always been called by her first name, by critics and supporters alike. Take a midol hun.

  • John Sorg

    Just hope that the folks that migrate from Illinois to here leave their foolish voting habits there!

  • madden35

    Taking jobs from other states is nothing to brag about and should hardly count as “job creation”. All that does is turn a good paying job in another state into a low paying job in Indiana. As Republicans continue to put their sole focus on expanding profit for corporations and depressing wages for the working class (greatly increasing income equality) they tell us we should be happy for whatever scraps our wealthy benefactors choose to give us.

  • IndyJEF

    I think Mr. Ireland has been blinded by Pence’s fluff and chronic evoking of the phrase “the Indiana way” when it actually means “my way”. Cutting corporate taxes and balancing the budget on the backs of the average worker while cutting school funding, turning down pre-K federal funding, and failing to get the Healthy Indiana Plan past first base is no recipe for success. As a father, grandfather, taxpayer, and regular voter, Pence’s efforts thus far have done nothing to excite me or make me want to vote for him. I see nothing family friendly about his efforts. Pence’s ideology will never succeed on the national level.