Indiana Congressman Mike Pence, a potential Republican candidate for president in 2012, is the keynote speaker this weekend at a major gathering of Iowa conservatives. “I think our movement wins, Republicans win, when we bring our whole coalition together,” Pence says, “people that believe in a strong defense, people that believe in practicing limited government, fiscal responsibility and people that are willing to stand for traditional moral values without apology.”
The Iowa Faith and Family Coalition event will be held on the Iowa State Fairgrounds and by accepting the group’s invitation, Pence has invited more attention on his own presidential aspirations. During an interview with Radio Iowa, Pence downplayed the 2012 election and declared himself focused on 2010.
“We haven’t given much thought to other opportunities whether they be in the congress or back home in Indiana or beyond,” Pence said. “I just think this is not just the most important election of our lifetime, I think it’s one of the most important elections in the life of our nation and we’re disciplining ourselves to stay focused there and we’ll look to the future in the future.”
In addition to his Saturday night speech in Des Moines, Pence will campaign this weekend with Brad Zaun, the Republican candidate challenging Democratic Congressman Leonard Boswell in this fall’s election.