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Pence Power: Indiana Congressman Tops Presidential Straw Poll

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"America's darkest moments have come when economic arguments have trumped moral principles."

For a lot of conservatives pondering presidential possibilities, it may be time to think seriously about Mike Pence. The Indiana congressman's surprise win in the straw poll at the Values Voter Summit is certainly going to trigger that. Matt Lewis points out the the VVS poll shows Pence has appeal beyond fiscal issues:

To those who view Pence as primarily a fiscal conservative, his victory over Huckabee came as a surprise.

But Pence, who spoke to the group on Friday, is a strong orator who isn't afraid to share his socially conservative values.

Here's Fox News coverage of the Pence factor:

Values voters will find great appeal in statements like this:

“Those who would have us ignore the battle being fought over life, marriage and religious liberty have forgotten the lessons of history," Pence told the audience. "As in the days of a house divided, America’s darkest moments have come when economic arguments trumped moral principles.”

Here is the full Pence speech from the Values Voter Summit:

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