Political Scientist: Pence's NY Trip Raises State's Profile And Governor's Own

May 13, 2014

Governor Mike Pence is making his case for Indiana investment in New York City this week.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Governor Pence made the rounds with business leaders in New York City Tuesday to recruit investment to Indiana. But many believe he was also recruiting opinions as to whether to make a run for the presidency.

Throughout the morning, the governor‘s official Twitter account and that of Katelyn Hancock from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation tweeted pictures and videos from the trip. But IPFW political scientist Andy Downs says the governor’s message has political undertones.

"Even if you say things like ‘Indiana has a wonderful business climate, please come and open up your business here,‘ you‘re also basically saying to the rest of the United States, ‘Hey, as an executive, I've created a state that has a wonderful business climate. Imagine what I could do for the United States,’" Downs says.

During a recent business recruiting trip to Germany, Pence caught the attention of political junkies when he made comments about what he characterized as the Obama administration‘s "failed" policies toward Russia. He also has trips planned to campaign for the governors of Wisconsin and Alabama.