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Mike Pence 2016: What 5 Leading Pundits Say About Potential GOP Presidential Hopeful

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As the list of potential GOP presidential candidates for 2016 continues to grow, pundits of all stripes are speaking out. Below are what five of them have to say about Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, a possible contender for president in 2016.

1. Kenneth P. Vogel and Maggie Haberman
The two Politico columnists believe Gov. Pence would have an advantage if he gains favoritism and cash from the billionaire conservative Koch brothers. Charles and David Koch are looking to mold policy and win elections, and their backing would give Pence credibility with other donors.

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2. Tom LoBianco
The Associated Press writer Tom LoBianco reported that many on the far right are upset by Pence’s more recent move to the middle. LoBianco goes on to say that ticking off the hardline Tea Party may be just the ticket to win favor from more moderate business-minded Republicans looking for a candidate that can win the election.

3. Karl Rove
Karl Rove, former adviser to George W. Bush writing for The Wall Street Journal, weighed the pros and cons of almost two dozen GOP candidates, including Mike Pence. Rove’s opinion on Mike Pence was simply, “The strengths of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence include six terms in Congress, and he is an able communicator, but he’s been governor only two years and won just 49 percent of the vote.”

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4. David Brooks
The New York Times columnist David Brooks also posted an opinion piece about the GOP list of candidates. In an article called, “Rating the Republicans,” Brooks gave an in-depth view and opinion on several of the current list of potential contenders. He lumped Pence in with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and gave them both a B-plus. He labeled them examples of “working-class, Sam’s Club Republicanism.” Brooks went on to say that Pence’s State of the State address didn’t address any issues of interest to anyone outside of his own state.

5. Steve Forbes
In a widely reported story, conservative media mogul Steve Forbes asked the rhetorical question, “Why shouldn’t Mike Pence run for president?” Answering his own question, Forbes said, "He's got the record and got the experience,” and, “He knows what it takes to get things done. He brings the legislative perspective, the executive perspective and the principled perspective and it's a good combination."

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As the list of potential GOP presidential candidates for 2016 continues to grow, pundits of all stripes are speaking out. Below are what five of them have to say about Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, a possible contender for president in 2016.
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