The Draft Pencers
It sounds like the name of a barber shop quartet, doesn’t it?
Anyway, as we reported on Tuesday a group of S.C. lawmakers led by Rep. Kris Crawford and Sen. Kevin Bryant are mounting an effort to “draft” U.S. Rep. Mike Pence (R-Indiana) into running for president in 2012.
(To read our original story, click here).
“America is facing a serious crisis and we need a serious president,” said Crawford. “In order to turn our country around, we are going to have to nominate someone who has not only the conservative principles to know what needs to be done, but also the knowledge, experience and, most importantly, the courage to actually do it. We cannot afford to nominate a weak, moderate candidate as we have in the past.”
We don’t know enough about Pence yet to be impressed (or not impressed) by his prospective candidacy, but there were several names on this list of early supporters that certainly impressed us.
For example, joining Crawford and Bryant at the event were Senators Lee Bright and Phil Shoopman – two of the staunchest (in fact, only) fiscal conservatives in the S.C. Senate. Meanwhile, Reps. Eric Bedingfield and Ralph Norman – two of the House’s most fiscally conservative lawmakers – also attended.
Of course fiscally-liberal Sen. Ronnie Cromer (RINO-Prosperity) was there, too … so there’s that.
Obviously we expect to see more of these “draft so-and-so” movements as various would-be presidential candidates test the waters in South Carolina, which boasts the South’s first presidential primary.