Mike Pence on Principles & Values

Republian nominee for Vice President; Governor of Indiana; former Representative (IN-6)


Serve based on a lifetime of experience from small towns

I'm a small-town boy. I grew up with a cornfield in my backyard. My grandfather immigrated to this country when he was about my son's age. My mom and dad built everything that matters in a small town in Southern Indiana. They built a family and a good name & a business. And they raised a family. And I dreamed some day of representing my home town in Washington DC, but honestly, I never imagined I'd have the opportunity to be governor of the state that I love, let alone be in this kind of a position.

I would hope that if the responsibility ever fell to me in this role, that I would meet it with the way that I'm going to meet the responsibility should I be elected vice president. And that's to bring a lifetime of experience growing up in a small town, a lifetime where I've served in the Congress, where I've led a state that works, and whatever other responsibilities might follow from this, I would hope and, frankly, I would pray to be able to meet that moment with that lifetime of experience.

Source: 2016 Vice-Presidential Debate at Longwood University , Oct 4, 2016

Clinton Foundation is platform for Clintons' world travel

PENCE: The Trump Foundation is non-profit. The Trump Foundation is a private family foundation. They give virtually every cent in the Trump Foundation to charitable causes. Less than ten cents on the dollar in the Clinton Foundation has gone to charitable causes. It has been a platform for the Clintons to travel the world, to have staff.

KAINE: The Clinton Foundation provides AIDS drugs to 11.5 million people. Hillary as secretary of state took no action to benefit the foundation. But let's compare this with the Trump organization. His sons have said that the organization has a lot of business dealings in Russia. And the Trump organization is not a non-profit. It's putting money into Donald Trump's pockets, whereas the Clinton Foundation is a non- profit and no Clinton family member draws any salary.

Source: 2016 Vice-Presidential Debate at Longwood University , Oct 4, 2016

OpEd: More conservative than Trump on many domestic issues

Gun rightsExceptions & local restrictions okHard-core pro-Second Amendment
War on DrugsCautious approach following statesHard-core drug warrior
Infrastructure investmentInvest in transportation infrastructureOpposes federal investment; leave it to states
Campaign financeMixed views on reform Campaign donation limits are censorship
Tax reductionCreative ideas including raising some taxesNo-new-taxes pledge on all taxation
Minimum wage & affirmative actionSome support of both Unambiguously opposes both
Gay marriage Supreme Court rulingAccept it as the law of the landOverturn that ruling
Iraq WarOpposed invasionSupported invasion
Source: Trump/Pence vs. Clinton/Kaine On the Issues, by Jesse Gordon , Aug 1, 2016

My family lived the American dream

I grew up on the front row of the American dream. My grandfather immigrated to this country. I was raised in a small town in southern Indiana, in a big family with a cornfield in the backyard. When I was young, I watched my mom and dad build everything that matters. A family, a business, a good name. I was raised to believe in hard work, in faith, and family. My dad was a combat veteran in Korea. My dad ran gas stations in our small town and was a great father.
Source: Speech at the 2016 Republican National Convention , Jul 20, 2016

I'm Christian, conservative, & Republican, in that order

During Mike Pence's six terms in Congress and four years as governor, the born-again Christian described himself as a "happy warrior" for conservative principles. A former radio talk show host who compared himself to "Rush Limbaugh on decaf," Pence emphasized his communication skills, creating a radio studio in his congressional office and winning a leadership post focused on messaging. Republican ...in that order," said Pence, on numerous occasions.
Source: Indianapolis Star on 2016 Veepstakes: "Pence: His Own Words" , Jul 14, 2016

Religious Freedom Restoration Act protects religion

Hoosiers deserve to know that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act enhances protections for every church, non-profit religious organization or society, religious school, rabbi, priest, preacher, minister or pastor in the review of government action where their religious liberty is infringed. The law also enhances protection in religious liberty cases for groups of individuals and businesses in conscience decisions that do not involve provision of goods and services, employment and housing.
Source: Indianapolis Star on 2016 Indiana gubernatorial race , Jan 26, 2014

Indiana & U.S. Constitutions guarantee religious freedom

Gov. Mike Pence has signed into law a measure aimed at removing fears that the state's new "religious freedom" law would allow businesses to discriminate against gays and lesbians. Excerpts from his full statement:

The freedom of religion for every Hoosier is enshrined in the Constitution of the United States and in the Indiana Constitution, which reads, 'No law shall, in any case whatever, control the free exercise and enjoyment of religious opinions, or interfere with the rights of conscience.'

Source: Indianapolis Star on 2016 Indiana gubernatorial race , Jan 2, 2014

Voted for Carter in 1980 over Reagan but views changed since

Mike Pence has been running for office basically since grade school-the only thing that has changed is his political party. The native Hoosier was born in 1959 to a family of Irish Catholic Democrats (in that order). Growing up in Columbus, he kept a box of Kennedy clippings; by 15, he was youth coordinator for the Bartholomew County Democrats. After high school, Pence headed an hour southeast to Hanover College, where he majored in history. Hanover was also where Pence went through two important transformations. The first was political. Pence worked on his senior thesis with a professor who was a strict originalist who loaded his syllabus in his infamous Constitutional and Legal History class with the Founders' own writings, and Pence began to warm to the ideas of limited government. It took time (he still voted for Carter in 1980), but Pence's politics were beginning to change.
Source: Indianapolis Monthly on 2016 Veepstakes, "INcoming" , Jan 2, 2013

I was Tea Party before it was cool

Pence insisted on a polite tone--"Rush Limbaugh on decaf," was one of his slogans--and he regularly invited Evan Bayh, Frank O'Bannon, & even John Gregg, whom he called "my favorite Democrat," for interviews. But Pence's convictions continued to deepen. When Richard Lugar ran for president in 1996, Pence used his show to criticize Lugar for not being "conservative enough." There's no doubt that, during his 12 years in Congress, Pence spent a lot of energy on social issues. "Our present crisis," he argued in a 2010 speech, "is not merely economic and political but moral in nature." But Pence proved to be far more than a social crusader. In fact, it's hard to find an issue on which he didn't take--and passionately advocate for--a far-right position. It all adds up to a more consistent record than that of most Bush-era conservatives. As Pence put it in a 2011 interview: "I was Tea Party before it was cool."
Source: Indianapolis Monthly on 2016 Veepstakes, "INcoming" , Jan 2, 2013

Tea Party isn't AstroTurf; it's millions of people

[On the Tea Party rally on the Washington Mall on Sept. 12, 2009]: I know the other side says that "it is just AstroTurf." But as I look down on hundreds of thousands of Americans, taking a stand for limited government, fiscal responsibility, it looks like the cavalry to me.

This is a genuine movement of the American people that have a desire to take their country back and to bring their country back to the principles of limited government, fiscal responsibility, personal responsibility, and the ideals that, quite frankly, both parties have failed to advance.

Source: FreedomWorks Tea Party Plan, "Take America Back Now!" , Jan 8, 2010

Rated C by the Club for Growth, pro-growth but not targeted.

Pence scores C by the Club for Growth, a conservative PAC

The GOP controls the Senate by just one vote. Even with today’s margin, the GOP doesn’t have effective control of the agenda as the Democrats use the filibuster to kill pro-growth reform or crucial judicial appointments. The next Senate could confirm two U.S. Supreme Court justices.

If the Republicans do manage to pick up a few extra seats in the Senate, there could also be an ideological shift toward pro-growth issues. Right now, the balance of power is in the hands of the RINO Republicans like Olympia Snowe and Arlen Specter. With a seat pick-up for the GOP, plus the addition of GOP superstars, Olympia and Arlen would no longer be deciding votes. We could move away from watered-down Republicanism toward a genuine pro-growth agenda.

Members of the Club are economic conservatives, like-minded political contributors who are frustrated with the ideological drift of both parties today. Club members have a shared goal of contributing to and electing more Reaganites to Congress who are willing to stand for the issues like: cutting taxes, controlling federal spending, personal accounts for Social Security, ending the death tax, eliminating the capital gains tax, fundamental tax reform, providing true school choice and minimizing government's role in our daily lives.

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Source: CFG website 04n-CFG on Sep 21, 2004

Member of the House Republican Young Guns.

Pence is a member House Republican Young Guns

The new generation of pro-market, small government leaders filled such a need that in October 2007, Fred Barnes of The Weekly Standard profiled Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan, and Kevin McCarthy and christened them the "young guns."

Kevin approached Eric & Paul about the idea of traveling together, as "Young Guns", to visit Republican candidates interested in a new approach for the party.

What began as an informal way to support like-minded candidates became a more formal structure. Once the three Representatives had studied the candidate and given their support to become a Young Gun, they committed to providing financial support through their campaign committees.

Existing House Republicans were approached with a simple pitch: Are we willing to help ourselves by being proactive and going on the offense to change this House? Dozens of our House Republican colleagues joined the Young Gun effort as one of the many signs that the Republican Party had shifted.

Source: Young Guns 10-HRYG on Sep 14, 2010

Member of the Tea Party movement.

Pence is a member the Tea Party movement

The Tea Party movement is a populist conservative social movement in the United States that emerged in 2009 through a series of locally and nationally coordinated protests. The protests were partially in response to several Federal laws: the stimulus package; te healthcare bill; and the TARP bailouts. The name "Tea Party" refers to the Boston Tea Party of 1773, the source of the phrase, "No Taxation Without Representation."

Source: Tea Party movement 10-Tea on Aug 11, 2010

Designate first weekend in May as Ten Commandments Weekend.

Pence co-sponsored Resolution for Ten Commandments Weekend

Expressing support for designation of the first weekend of May as Ten Commandments Weekend to recognize the significant contributions the Ten Commandments have made in shaping the principles, institutions, and national character of the United States.

    Now, therefore, be it
  1. Resolved, That the House of Representatives--
  2. supports the designation of Ten Commandments Weekend;
  3. celebrates the significant role the Ten Commandments have played in the development of significant public and private institutions of the US; and
  4. encourages citizens of all faiths and religious persuasions to reflect on the important impact that the Ten Commandments have had on the people and national character of the US.
Source: H.RES.211 11-HRes211 on Apr 7, 2011

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