Rep. Pence delays call on 2012 plans

Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.), who was expected to address a possible 2012 run for Indiana governor on a conference call with supporters Monday morning, delayed any announcement after news of the U.S. raid in Pakistan that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.  

The Pence call was set for 10 a.m., but in a statement Monday morning a spokesman for the congressman announced the delay "due to the momentous news concerning Osama bin Laden." The conference call will take place sometime next week.

Earlier this year, Pence passed on a bid for president in 2012, saying in a statement that he wanted to keep his focus "closer to home."

Most political observers fully expect Pence to get into the governor's race now that other prominent potential candidates, including former Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.), have passed on a run.

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) is term limited and weighing his own run for president next year. Daniels said over the weekend that a final decision is coming within weeks.