February 19th, 2010
12:41 PM ET
4 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. Proud DEM

    Wow...someone actually accepted that they are the party of "NO" what a joke....this conference is the breeding ground for the untruths and out right lies about the current administration and what they are trying to accomplish...they are a twisted bunch...they have said nothing of what they will bring to the table...just your basic, no more taxes, no big government, no health care reform....then what are you going to do about it...they just sit up there reading from, oh yeah..that's a teleprompter...idiots....and make bad jokes and one liners that are so brilliant..thank you Darth Cheney "Obama is a one term President" What an imbecile...keep it up with the rhetoric Rethugs and get those tea bagging fools to join up with ya....and you will see how well that works out for ya come November...and in 2012.....LMAO

    February 19, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  2. Want to spend yourself broke-put a dem on it

    Glad somebody can stop the dems loose cannon ideas and spending

    February 19, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  3. Jane/Seattle

    What else is new from this party of pandering political pillagers? Whatever happened to COOPERATION in solving our immense problems?

    Oh, I plum forgot that CAPITALISM is mostly about COMPETITION and almost Never about COOPERATION!

    February 19, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  4. stevegee

    I say Yes to the Party of No. Because if we don't stop Obama and the liberals now, freedom and liberty will have no future here.

    February 19, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  5. The Other Michael in Houston

    Rep Pence, what you and the rest of your party fail to understand is that we, the American public don't care if you disagree, actually it is not bad to say no. Our problem is, virtually everything that the Obama Administration is trying to do, you say no but never come up with a realistic alternative, and that is why us Independents are fed up and tired of you and the Republican Party. You always preach those same tired ideas, small government, lower taxes etc...small government for who? Big business? Lower taxes for who? Big business? The Government too their eye off of big business already and you see what has happened! So come up with a detailed plan, that is for the American people, not your corporate donors, then you might get the majority back.

    February 19, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  6. El Gordo

    No good jobs, no benefits, no health care for the uninsured, no fiscal responsibility, no balanced budget, no solution to global warming, no health care for poor kids, no improved schools, no jobs bill, no help for the autistic, no regulation on lending institutions, no antipollution laws, no limits on CEO bonuses, no nothing.

    Conservatism has a long history of no. No to the abolition of slavery, no to anti-lynching laws, no to the 40 hour week, no to overtime pay, no to the 8 hour day, no to laws that prevent sexual harassment in the workplace, no to equal pay for women (do any of you Conservative women ever think about that?), no to equal pay for minorities, no to workplace safety regulations, no to desegregation, no to social security, no to medicare, no to laws against child labor, no to maternity leave, and no to child healthcare. They are even proud of this record.

    February 19, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  7. Connie, Indiana

    and the party of "NO" is determine to bring this country down, until they get their way..saying "no" sometimes is a good thing..but isn't he been sitting in Washington along with the other republicans while this country was in free fall and did nothing..who do believe, the ones who sat with their arms across their chest, or the ones who are trying to get something done..If you like the status quo, then the republican party is your party, not min.

    February 19, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  8. Ed

    Someone please make a list of 5 impressive things Pense has done to help his constituents.

    February 19, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  9. Albert R. K. . L.A., CA

    Republicans are the Party of “NO” to America’s middle class and “Yes” to global corporations. The record is clear. The tallest buildings, fastest trains and wind turbines are not built here, and every civilized nation has universal health care but us. This mess did not happen since Obama was elected. Obama was elected because this mess happened. This transfer of wealth from America’s middle class to the global corporate economy occurred with the help of global corporate loyalist who have infiltrated our government (Republicans) who de-policed Wall Street and support the Republican Supreme Courts rule that global corporations can use unlimited bribes to influence elections and lawmaking. The Tea party is just the beginning of the end to the Republican leadership scam. The base is starting to ask questions about how and why their jobs and homes have been lost during the Bush years, while at the same time the global corporate economy took over the world. They will not accept the Republican snow-job from within the Tea Party that since Obama has not fixed the mess they left behind in one years time, it is time to hand it all back to the Party who caused the mess. The working class will want to know if candidates support the global corporate loyalist on the Supreme Court and will realize that Republican candidates support corporations and do not support people.

    February 19, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  10. Chas in Iowa

    Your right,....I'm sure you were elected to do nothing while families lose their health care, lose their jobs, lose their retirement investments.
    Just vote no until the GOP is back in power.
    Then they can continue the GOP track like GWB and finish running this country into the ground.

    February 19, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  11. jeff

    Just say no to the party of no

    February 19, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  12. brad

    We will not make it to 2012. Please visit WECANKNOW.com for important information about Christ's return on May 21, 2011.

    February 19, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  13. Christopher Blackwell

    If the conservatives gave half of their effort to caring about the American people and this country as they do to gaining and maintaining their power, we would be in far better shape. But to gain and maintain their power the conservatives are more than willing to destroy this country once and for all.

    February 19, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  14. Sandra, Atlanta

    It's so easy to just to constantly critizice and not offer options. You guys are such hypocrites! You never take any responsibility for all the mess this country is in but act as if you are a savior. I think you should be voted out with all the rest of the clowns up there from both parties. Just don't tell us how proud you are to be the party of 'No'. Trust me, this will come back to haunt you somewhere in this lifetime. You are about politics and yourself...first and foremost. You disgust me.

    February 19, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  15. Jennifer

    Yes, Mike Pence, obstructionism and partisanship are exactly what this country requested.

    Why is it that the Republicans are such sore losers?

    February 19, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  16. Jason

    Wow...to be proud that you inhibited the nations needed work, for your own gain...what a marvelous statesman...as long as my political agenda is complete, to hell with what the country needs.

    February 19, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  17. Ruth

    As a republican, I am ashamed of the way my party is acting. The majority of americans elected a democrat as president. It is our american DUTY to help this man get the country BACK on track. Obama did not cause the mess this country is in! When will you ever get that? We lost! GET OVER IT! I have. Act like adults instead of small children.

    February 19, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  18. Carmelle

    Have anyone heard what solutions they have about:

    - Healthcare
    - Green Tech
    - Education
    - Infrastructure
    - Cutting the deficit

    ??????

    'Common Sense Solutions' is not a policy, it's a line that everybody can agree with...but what's common sense to you, might be craziness to me.

    February 19, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  19. queencersei

    The problem is that you cannot just reflexively say no to everything. That is not governing. That is not leadership. That is not helpful. And remember, when the GOP does come back into power it may be the Dems turn to 'just say no'. And then where will we be? If this is Mike Pense's idea of responsible leadership then I for one say 'no thanks'.

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

    Mike Pence should change his last name to No. That is, Rep. Mike No.

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

    I can't wait to see these guys try to govern, if they ever get the opportunity. So far, they've been nothing but potholes on the road to progress.

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

    its people like Pence who are turning American politics from a well-oiled machine that accomplishes tasks to a partisan, global embarrassment. hopefully he does run for president, because no one will elect someone as far right as him. he's embarrassing to politics and to indiana.

    February 19, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  23. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    "Well, I say 'No' is way underrated here in Washington, D.C. Sometimes 'No' is just what this town needs to hear."

    Thereby proving that even a neo-con can make sense once in a while.

    February 19, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  24. Fair is Fair

    I like this guy. Speaks his mind.

    Romney/Pence 2012.

    February 19, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  25. Trish

    This makes me SO angry. Yes, down right angry.

    Pence, I pay you. And I will be paying your lifestyle for the rest of my life. DO YOU GET THAT?

    You serve me – the American people. And you know what – I am NOT paying you now or for the next years your sorry person is on earth to sit and say NO.

    I pay you to resolve the issues of this country. To roll up your sleeves and get the job done. To have no eye for re-election or 'party lines.' I pay you to sit long hours negotiating and managing a staff and groups of people to come up with SOLUTIONS – not how to say no.

    Pence, you are pathetic.

    February 19, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
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