From NBC's Ali Weinberg
In a speech at the Federal Society's annual lawyer's convention, Indiana Rep. Mike Pence, considered a likely 2012 candidate for either governor or president, didn't explicitly say he was seeking the White House but certainly stoked the flames of existing rumors.
Speaking to a packed ballroom of conservative and libertarian-minded lawyers at the group's annual gathering, Pence immediately hearkened to the language of the Founding Fathers, most recently adopted by the Tea Party. He began by saying that President Obama "acts like a king."
"A president who slights the Constitution is like a rider who hates his horse. He will be thrown," Pence said, to the laughter of the audience. "The presidency has run off the rails," he continued. "It begs a new clarity, a new dignity, a new discipline. A new president," he continued.
Pence listed the reasons why the current president should not be re-elected in 2012, and the requirements for a hypothetical successor... whoever it may be.
"It depends entirely upon character and self-discipline," he began. "And an understanding of the covenant and principles that underline not only the republic, but life itself. It communicates that the president feels the gravity of his office and is willing to sacrifice himself. That his eye is not upon his own prospects but the storm of issues through which it is his responsibility to navigate with the specific powers accorded to him and the limitations placed upon it, not merely by man but by God."