February 19th, 2010
12:41 PM ET
5 years ago

Pence embraces 'No'

Indiana Rep. Mike Pence made no apologies Friday for trying to stop President Obama's agenda in Congress.
Indiana Rep. Mike Pence made no apologies Friday for trying to stop President Obama's agenda in Congress.

Washington (CNN) – Indiana Rep. Mike Pence made no apologies Friday for trying to stop President Obama's agenda in Congress, telling conservative activists he proudly wears the "Party of No" label that Democrats have tried to pin on Republicans.

"Some folks like to call us the 'Party of No,' Pence said during his speech before the Conservative Political Action Conference. "Well, I say 'No' is way underrated here in Washington, D.C. Sometimes 'No' is just what this town needs to hear."

Pence, a potential 2012 presidential candidate, used the address to this influential bloc of GOP base voters to further promote his conservative credentials and sharply criticize the president and the congressional Democratic majority.

And Pence, who serves as chairman of the House Republican Conference, predicted that the GOP would reclaim the House majority in November and the White House in 2012.

"Welcome to the conservative comeback and the beginning of the end of the Pelosi Congress," Pence said to applause.

The Indiana congressman is one of several Republicans said to be eyeing a White House bid who addressed the meeting. Mitt Romney spoke on Thursday, the opening day of this three-day conference and Tim Pawlenty preceded Pence on Friday morning. Later in the afternoon, Ron Paul will deliver remarks and on Saturday Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich will appear at the conference.


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soundoff (180 Responses)
  1. Guest

    So the republicans will play as long it is under their terms. No trying to work with dems....just "NO". Nice

    February 19, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  2. Who said the Mayans were wrong?

    This clown should just wear his brown shirt and arm band.We know hes a fearmonger and wants to foment violence in the streets.

    February 19, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  3. Barbara Independent in NY

    Okay Mike Pence. If you ever run for president my vote will be "NO".

    February 19, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  4. Rob Selby

    Pence, I hope you get killed in an automobile accident today:)

    February 19, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  5. J. Richter

    No to economic recovery efforts too. Think were the country was on Jan 2009. It's easy to forget but we have come a long way from financial inidustry falling off the cliff and the recession spreading worldwide rapidly into a depression, jobs lost a the rate of nearly a million a month (750K), GDP losing at the rate of 6% per quarter and American equities more halfed in 3 months – removing even more source of capital and investment, and massive bailouts.

    And now, job growth about returned (this month), GDP growing by 5.77%, financial industry stabilized, paid back nearly half of the bailouts, international action taken to halt the spread of the damage.

    Those who broke it lef the scene and did not get their hands dirty and we are about to reward them handsomely – talk about political bailout too added to financial bailout – who's the fool if not us?

    February 19, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    pence for senate...

    February 19, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  7. Lilarose in Bandon, OR

    Pence is actually saying "no" to the American People since the American People ARE the government.

    People in Washington think they live on another planet.

    Let's get rid of all of them and start over. Give them one term to produce or throw them out again!

    February 19, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  8. katiec

    Well, this proves the integrity, intelligence of Pence.
    A party with goals to destroy our president, support big business, party first and win at any costs is a party out to destroy our political system, the American people, our country regardless of consequences.
    A political party that has resorted to sewer tactics, lies, fear mongering as they have no acceptable, workable, honorable ideas of their own. They are out to destroy our country and us, and, have become a disgrace as politicians.

    February 19, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  9. Dave

    Saying "no" isn't the problem; not having any ideas is the problem, and the Republicans don't have any ideas, other than the same numbskulled idiocy that got us into this mess in the first place. They're advocating doing the same things that Bush did, and those things destroyed our economy to such a degree that it's going to take a long time to fix... and won't get fixed at all if Republicans are in charge. They don't seem to have any learning curve at all, and getting bad results doesn't seem to ever make them re-think what they're doing.

    They can whine and obstruct all they want, but I know darn well who got us in this mess, and who's trying to get us out of it, and that's why I started voting Democrat and why I'll stick with them. Besides, the GOP was getting a bit too scary-theocratic for me, anyway. There's no room in that party anymore for rational thinkers.

    February 19, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  10. Carl from MI

    This guy is a total idiot and totally unpatriotic. NO is exactly what this guy is going to hear when he seeks election again and his people vote him and his unpatriotic ways out of office!!

    This is the same guy who cried "Treason" if someone disagreed with Dubya and the faked war in Iran... but what he's doing now ISN'T considered treasonous, because he's a Republican and that makes it OK.

    This is guy is part of the problem of what's wrong with American politics... and the sooner he's voted out of office, the better off our nation will be.

    February 19, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  11. Anthony

    Pence is not presidential material If he can't work with dems in the senate he will not work with them in the White House. Plus most people know him for saying no. So to you Senator i say no and you GOP stoppers stop hating on Mr Obama. I know it hurts you to see a black man in the white house.

    February 19, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  12. If I was crazy, I'd be a conservative too

    Being proud to be the party of "no" instead of doing anything that will help Americans pretty much sums up why Americans have had it with these worthless elected republicans on welfare. These misguided pusillanimous piles of pus, have almost destroyed America, and refuse to help fix it.

    February 19, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  13. Pragmatic

    Wrong! "No" is the coward's refuge for having no ideas, and being unwilling to work to solve the problems America faces!

    You weren't elected to obstruct, whine and throw temper tantrums. You were elected to make America a better place for all Americans!!! You are derelict in your duty and should be ashamed!

    February 19, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  14. How To Waste Money by Dummies(the Dems)

    Wish we could have said No to the 862 billion bail out.Where Are The Jobs?Thought these were shovel ready.Does anyone know of any small business helped by this?

    February 19, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  15. Elle in WA

    Yeah, you're the party of "NO" to the Middle Class. You're the party of "NO" to healthcare reform that is so desperately needed. You're the party of "NO" to listening to anyone who doesn't line your pockets.

    Come election time, you'll definitely get a "NO" from me.

    February 19, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  16. George

    No wonder cnn has trouble with its rating. You are reporting on Family Guy! Its a cartoon show! Get it? or will you ever Get it in the real world?

    February 19, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  17. Andy

    Democrats,the true party of NO NO jobs NO accountability NO change NO plan NO hope November can not get here soon enough

    February 19, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  18. mjm

    Amen to that! I'd change it to the party of "hell no".......just say no to liberals.....no means no......

    February 19, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  19. The Rest of the Story

    Pence is right. Too bad he's a hypocrite. All he said was YES to one misguided Bush policy after another from 2002-2008. Pence, your "principled stand" is nothing more than naked politics.

    February 19, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  20. Papasan

    Only thing missing in the photo of Mike Pence is his White Hood and rusty McCain/Palin 2008 campaign pin...

    February 19, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  21. If I was crazy, I'd be a conservative too

    I hope the intellectually challenged right wingnuts remember that President Obama is the only one who can save Dick Cheney from the trial in the international court for his role in torture during the Bush years. The Dick has already admitted guilt, and has opened himself up to a death sentence.

    Maybe the CPACers should tone down their rhetoric, and be just a little more civil.

    February 19, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  22. Jake

    Democrat a party of spin and smoke spin and smoke,always someone else did it-Bush-CNN is wrong -Fox is wrong- the GOP caused the problem-november you can not spin the ballot box

    February 19, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  23. j

    So he's in favor of a dysfunctional, chaotic government. Sounds like a real winner. Just what Washington needs, another racist, white conservative.

    February 19, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  24. Wow well expect the same

    "Indiana Rep. Mike Pence made no apologies Friday for trying to stop President Obama's agenda in Congress"

    Well Mr. Pence you go and keep saying NO then and keep the label. II'll bet you anything tough that if a republican ever gets in power agian and this continues, expect the same cause unfortunately thats how are government works like a bunchof kids that like to spite each other but don't realize that while they are all playing this game people are suffering and will eventually get fed up with both parties and start to take violent action..american revolution 2.0

    February 19, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  25. Conservative Voice

    absolutely...no to spending more than we have...obstruct people from gutting the constitution...

    February 19, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
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