Wake the kids and phone the neighbors, Mike Pence (yes, that Mike Pence) is going to visit Iowa in September. I wonder why? Could it be to promote the GOP and support its great candidates on the ballot in November? Could it be to see the Hawkeyes pay? Maybe to both. Or it could be that the Indiana Governor is testing the waters for 2016.
My money is on the last one.
Pence has a solid conservative voting record, mid-western roots which will play well in Iowa, and as a governor does have executive experience. However, he also has a stern, humorless personality, similar to Mr. Fitts in American Beauty. Is that really the guy to get the GOP back into the White House? Many in the party base may think so.
He is in the second tier of candidates but don’t be surprised if he moves up as 2015 moves along.