June 17th, 2009
04:50 PM ET
5 years ago

Pence: US needs to show support for Iranian protesters

Rep. Mike Pence said the US should 'speak a word of support for the people of Iran.'
Rep. Mike Pence said the US should 'speak a word of support for the people of Iran.'

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Republican Rep. Mike Pence, criticizing President Obama for not saying more in support of protestors in Iran, said Wednesday that he is taking another step to show solidarity for the dissenting citizens of the country.

"I appreciate the fact that the president said the protesters have a right to be heard and represented, and I appreciate the fact that he said he is troubled," Pence said in an interview with Wolf Blitzer on the Situation Room. "But I respectfully disagree with the administration's decision to essentially draw the line at not meddling and not interfering."

Pence, a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, introduced a resolution in the House that he said would "speak a word of support for the people of Iran." He said he didn't think the United States should endorse the opposition candidate, but should instead show support for the protesters who are "risking their lives for free and fair elections."

Pence said showing support could lead to a "fresh start" with the citizens of Iran.

"I really believe we may have an opportunity for a fresh start here, not with the tyrants in Tehran, not with Ahmadinejad, who even looks at what this administration is doing and accuses them of meddling," Pence said. "But rather with the good and decent and courageous people of Iran who are stepping forward and risking their liberty and their lives for principles that we as Americans cherish."


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soundoff (70 Responses)
  1. Jasmine in Germany

    To: Enlightened Voter June 17th, 2009 5:59 pm ET

    Thanks, I couldn't agree more.

    June 17, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  2. Jeff Brown

    When did this slug become the voice of the GOP? He must be running for something!

    June 17, 2009 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  3. Elle

    I completely support the Iranian vorters who want change. However, almost 30 yrs ago, the parents of these now student activists brought about change in Iran which cost the US many hostagesand put Iran backwards. Hopefully, the Iranians will have another revolution to bring democracy to their country.

    June 17, 2009 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  4. S.Ralston (Canada)

    Quite Frankly, the world is sick of the US sticking it's nose in everyone's business. President Obama has already made the right gesture towards Iran and has already showed his support without appearing to try and influence the outcome.

    As one friend to another this is why your so disliked in the world – your foreign policy sucks...

    June 17, 2009 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  5. Jeremy

    Mr Pence,send your sons and daughters to support the protest if you are that kind ! Hold on.....we will invite Iranians to campaign against you at your next re-elections. I bet you you will like it that way.

    June 17, 2009 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  6. tee

    Lets send you to Iran Mr. Pence........that way you could show our support in person.........excuse me Mr Pence........I didn't hear you.

    June 17, 2009 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  7. Lori

    Don't take the bait President Obama. The Republicans want you to speak out and when there is backlash for your actions in the Middle East, they'll point and say, 'See, we knew he was terrible at foreign policy.' Keep up the good work and don't listen to the Republicans. You have done so much since you've been in office to stop the hatred the Middle East had against America because of Bush and others. Stay out of Irans politics. Let the Dems in the House and Congress speak out but you don't say a word. America trusts you to do what's right!

    June 17, 2009 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  8. markens

    we have to stay out of it. this is not our business. I want our president to not involve in anything. Let the iranian deal with their problem. iran is not a state of the USA. Minding people business is the cause of the creation of terrorism. Stay out of the world business.

    June 17, 2009 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  9. Charlie in Maine

    The GOP is about 8 years and three months too late to suddenly become concerned about fair and free elections. It rings a little hollow.

    June 17, 2009 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  10. ME IN FL

    We must stay out it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Pres. Obama is doing the correct thing not meddling in other country's affairs. This an Iranian problem, let Iranians sort it out by themselves. If the election was rigged or not it is none of our business, Iran didn't say anything when Bush stole the elections!!!!

    Pence you still don't get it right????? That is why your party lost the elections because of dumb people like you!!!

    June 17, 2009 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  11. Seyi F

    WE need to stay out of this and let Iran fight it's own battles.
    If we overtly show support for the protesters, the incumbent president will accuse the US of meddling with other nations business, as it is already now.
    STAY OUT OF IT!!!!!!

    June 17, 2009 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  12. Sick -n- Tired

    Well, I guess if your party can't gain support from anyone in this country then you might as well take your show on the road to Iran. Maybe you'll get lucky and steal another election for yourselves like in 2000 and 2004! From what I hear its not that hard to steal elections in Iran. Hope they like sheep food over there!

    June 17, 2009 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  13. Keefe

    First of all, the President has publicly stood in support of the Iranian people....

    I just don't understand the Republican mentality, the world police bully mentality left american politics along with the U-Haul trucks that moved Bush out of the white house.....

    Thank god Republicans are no longer in a position that makes America look bad beyond our borders....

    June 17, 2009 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  14. LacrosseMom

    Actually, Mr. Pence, it would be ......stupid....... to say any more than President Obama has already said.

    The "supreme leader" is already saying that the U.S. is behind the demonstrations, when it IS the people of Iran, who are behind this!

    The most intelligent, thing the U.S. can do, is allow Iran to take care of Iran!

    How typically arrogant of the GOP to want to impose their will, their beliefs on Iran!

    Let's for once, show some respect for another country, and stay out of it!

    ALLOW the people of Iran, the FREEDOM to CHOSE HOW THEY WILL PROTEST!

    June 17, 2009 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  15. GOP = 21st century dodo

    @ joe smith:

    "now you talk about shutting down access to the masses; we believe Cnn pulls the same crap when one of their boys is getting squeezed; ala, cutting of comments at ( 6 ), in the Walpin sagga..you wouldn't do that now would you Cnn.. someones toes were really going to get burned if this guy kept singing..maybe Fox will pick up the trail, and give the American people the straight scoop.."

    As the GOP continues to shrink, the black helicopter crowd becomes an increasingly larger percentage of the party, and their inane ramblings become all the more prominent. This turns even more people away from the Repubilcan party, resulting in a self-perpetuating cycle.

    I don't mind though. The sooner the GOP dies the better.

    June 17, 2009 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  16. mike,texas

    No to anything Obama blah blah blah.Even though our party the repubs ruined america lets blame Obama blah blah blah.

    June 17, 2009 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  17. Demarcus Jackson from Columbia, TN

    The United States needs to stay out of Iran's mess. I'm sick-and-tired of being the world's police. We have more than enough issues here in America to concern ourselves with. Elected Republicans need to worry more about fixing American concerns and worry less about Iran. Let the people of Iran handle their own government.

    June 17, 2009 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  18. Robert

    Give everyone on board the benefit of some intelligence. Pence, the Republicans, etc are playing 'bad cop' to Obama's 'good cop.'

    It's easier for Obama to say we aren't meddling when Republicans are publicly saying he should do more. This is a "smoke and mirrors" deal, I'm thinking.

    June 17, 2009 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  19. SD,Michigan

    I refuse to believe that Pence is as dumb as his statements are. The majority of journalists, experts, diplomats, people posting here agree that by doing what Pence suggests (or McCain), that would only help Ahmdinejad, and NOT the protesters.
    He'd turn this US "meddling" into a political weapon against the people who feel betrayed by this so-called "fair election".

    June 17, 2009 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  20. MarkJ

    "How would WE feel if another country invaded us cause they disagreed with our policies or didn't like us? Or better still, how wouild you feel if they meddled during our elections. The arrogance of you rethugs is unbelievable. How do you guys get elected?"

    Well, "Enlightened Voter," you've managed to confirm two things with your post:

    1. You're not enlightened.

    and...

    2. You're definitely not a voter.

    June 17, 2009 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  21. Proud American

    I agree, so why don't you go over to Iran and give them that support.

    June 17, 2009 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  22. Henry

    Yo, Pence, stay out of this. You have no ideas how these things work. Why must we always get into everybody's business? REGIME CHANGE????????

    June 17, 2009 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  23. beverly

    But of course! Only a REPUBLICAN has ALL the answers!! And so did George Bush 43 and company!!!!! And now, look what a mess we are in! It will take years to come back from the horrible ression we currently are battling! Bush was always interfering and meddling, in others foreign affairs, calling some "axis of evil", etc. etc. etc.?? Did it ever really get us anywhere??? Of course not!! We are battling two wars as a result!! Sometimes – just sometimes – it is best to "keep your mouth shut"!!!

    June 17, 2009 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  24. JT

    Pence, go do your own job. Sitting around saying 'no' to everything constructive is being lazy.

    June 17, 2009 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  25. obama supporter

    Mike Pence needs to really shut up. The GOP doesn't represent the American people nor all the cultures in the US. Telling the Pres what he should or shouldn't do is acting as dictator. Do us a favor and act like a true American Mike? Shut UP and support the president. You and the GOP represent hatred and bigotry in this country. So please go away.

    June 17, 2009 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
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