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Pence picked as best presidential material at conservative summit

By Roxana Tiron -The Hill

Conservative activists on Saturday picked Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) as their choice for president in 2012.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin — who was the vice presidential candidate on the unsuccessful 2008 GOP ticket — was voted the pick for vice president in 2012.

Palin, who has helped conservative candidates storm the national election scene, was awarded the VP spot because Pence also won the vice presidential straw poll.

Tony Perkins, the head of the conservative Family Research Council, announced the results of the straw poll at the annual Values Voter summit in Washington on Saturday.

Activists gathered at the summit in the nation’s capital said they see strong momentum for social conservatism in the November elections.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R), a contender for the 2008 GOP nomination, was the runner-up in the straw poll very close behind Pence with a difference of 11 votes.

“Congressman Pence has been out challenging both parties on their fiscal policies and taken a strong stance on social issues,” Perkins said at a press conference following the announcement.

A total of 723 people participated in the straw poll. The names of the candidates are the “names of those who have been talked about in other settings as potential presidential possibilities,” Perkins said. “There was nothing scientific about the names that were selected.”

However, Perkins stressed that the straw poll result is “at least prescriptive in the type of candidate that I think values voters would be looking for” in 2012.

Mitt Romney, the former Massachussetts governor and another 2008 primary contender, won third place for president while former House Speaker Newt Gingrich made it in fourth place.

To read more, visit: http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/polls/119583-pence-picked-as-best-presidential-material-at-conservative-summit

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