House Republicans: Pence likely to seek “higher office” next year

Still, some believe Pence is more likely to try to become the next governor of Indiana instead of seeking to win the 2012 presidential primary.

With the state’s popular governor, Mitch Daniels (R), term-limited, Pence would have a clear opportunity to run for his party’s nomination. Daniels, meanwhile, is mulling a presidential bid.

But a Republican lawmaker who requested anonymity believes Daniels may not be the only Indiana Republican running for the White House.

“I think [Pence is] actually going to do that. I think he’s actually going to dip his toe in there,” the lawmaker said.