February 19th, 2010
12:41 PM ET
8 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. Jamie

    Embrace it, go ahead! We'll see how much further it gets ya'!!!

    February 19, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    Pence is a politician? I thought he was an advertisement against "Just for Men" (not that he's a man).

    NO NO NO NO NO to Pence. Back atcha' buddy.

    February 19, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  3. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Republicans say NO only because they know President Obama will succeed in moving our Nation forward and into a better economy. How many times have people given suggestions to better and work smarter on a job and the boss said NO simply replying, it won't work because we've never done things this way and don't change things, they are fine just the way they are or you better find another job. That's exactly what Republicans are saying NO, better yet it's called the dumbing of America.

    February 19, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  4. Stop the Nonsense

    NO! to progress NO! to the average guy NO! to reform that will keep big business from paying millions to executives at the expense of employees wellfare.NO! to higher taxies legalized "gambling" called the stockmarket return. NO! to affordable healthcare NO! to senior care
    NO! to the arts.
    When do they YES? Look at 2001- 2008 -YES! tax cuts for the wealthy and coproration ( none of which kept or created jobs with that money!)
    YES! to two wars with no way to pay for them. ( you want our deficit to go away? get back what we have spent since 2003 on Iraq and Afghanistan!) YES! to taking away the civil rights under the Constitution they love to quote for millions of Americans. YES! to new Banking rules that caused millionsof Americans to not only get into debt but stay there. YES! to deregulation of many fifnacial institutions that caused our current financial crisis in the housing industry.
    I say NO THANKS.

    February 19, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  5. MsDp

    American, how can we forgive this senator and the republicans who are JUST as responsible for helping get this country back on track as the Democratic Party. I do not understand the rationale of pence NOR his party-GOP. He thinks they are not responsible to the citizens of the United States? I do not believe America agrees with this just say NO policy. Pence is more obligated to his party instead of getting the country back on a track for growth, jobs, and stability. I think America needs to say NO to Pence and his cronies. If they won't help us, we won't help them. Let's VOTE EM OUT, NOW! We as Americans are looking for senators and representatives to help us, now! Get to stepping pence, and don't let the door knob hit you in the back!

    February 19, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  6. chill

    Yup- no jobs, no healthcare, no education, no road repairs, no smart grid, no no no. The problem here is that pence and his ilk don't even acknowledge the problems much less present solutions that would actually work. They ought to change the symbol of the Republic Party to an ostrich.

    February 19, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  7. Mike

    Representative Pence is correct, nobama and the demorats need to be told no on their tax and spending ways. They have not been told no enough as evidenced by the dire economic problem brought on by nobama and the demorats.

    February 19, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  8. Threat

    Yes, that makes perfect sense, brag about obstructing work done for the people of america. While people suffer through joblessness, homelessness, no healthcare, and getting gouged by the banks, and Wall Street.

    Yeah, that makes sense, cuz ya know, it's not like any of this needs to be fixed.

    February 19, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  9. Michael from Ventura

    He can't defend the fact that NO is NOT the answer to every bill the President supports..They will pay for their obstructionism once Americans wake up to what this is really about.

    February 19, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  10. Dan

    Because why try to do things to improve the lives of all Americans when you can make a show out of the "Democrats vs Republicans"?

    Politicians these days need to get in touch with reality. Try finding a way to feed your family after you get laid off during the winter and see how funny all the partisan bickering and vying for white house runs are then. Morons.

    February 19, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  11. vs

    The only thing that these right wing characters understand is defeat at the polls. Progressives, independents and "centrist" democrats need to realise that they only have 2 choices. Either you believe in the garbage that DeMint, Pence et.al. are spewing, OR GO TO THE POLLS AND VOTE DEMOCRAT.

    February 19, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  12. mj nj

    It is time for everyone to understand the agenda of the tea party leaders and the conservative movement in America.. They want to balance the budget without tax increases, even on the wealthiest of Americans (top 5%) who are very much under taxed and have been so for 30 years.

    The math is simple. That is impossible unless social security is privatized and medicare benefits are cut to the bone, if not eliminated. The rich will remain rich, while the middle class will become destitute; a retirement in poverty, needing to choose between food and medical care. Dog food anyone?

    That is also the secret agenda of the Republican Party. Some of them are actually coming out and saying that now. So, unless you are independently wealthy and don't count on social security or medicare to be there for you, be careful who you support and send to Washington.

    February 19, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  13. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    The Party of NO, is a good thing? Obstruction is good? For whom?

    February 19, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  14. Cosmo

    How about calling yourselves "The Party of Self-Serving Idiots", Mike.
    This country needs to have people in Congress who are willing to compromise to get things done for the goo of the country, not for a particular party or ideology. The GOP does not control Congress by numbers, only by holding it hostage by refusing to participate and do their jobs. The vast majority of people in this country recognize this cynical conduct and will show what they feel about it in November. Don't let Tea Parties and Reactionary Right Wing Lovefests blind you to the truth.

    February 19, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  15. Total BS

    Very Good Mr.Pence..You just admitted to be against all of the middle class people and the poor people of this country !!!

    February 19, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  16. Jim - PA

    This guy is a scumbag along with all of his republican coounterparts.

    February 19, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  17. Sadie

    Yeah well where was all your NO'S when Bush was President.......maybe if you knew how to say NO to Bush and Cheney we wouldn't be in this mess now........by saying NO to this President instead of trying to work with him to get us back on our feet, you are saying NO to the American People and we will not accept that come this November or in 2012....all we can see is that the people you are pandering to are the far right conservative radicals.......the people that are full of Hate and racists.........sorry but there are more moderates, liberals and even Republican conservatives that aren't buying into your message of Anger and Fear........

    February 19, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  18. mark l holland

    Atleast the party of No was not around during the civil war or civil rights movement. Oh I forgot they did.

    February 19, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  19. Lori in St Pete

    Just remember mikey, what goes around comes around. Your team really lowered the bar, and should the rethugs be successful in dumbing down the masses in 2010/12, you're going to have some really serious karma to deal with. After witnessing during the last 16 years how the reichwing brain works, you'll most likely declare martial law to protect yourselves from the backlash when those who didn't vote for you start calling you onto the carpet, and those who DID vote for you awaken from their teabag flavored koolaid-induced slumber.

    February 19, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  20. kapinatl

    How about NO when it comes time to vote your dumb %#$%^ back in office. Then tell me how you like hearing that word!!!

    February 19, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  21. Democrats for the Next 20-Years

    Mike Pense: You were elected to serve the people of the United States of America , FIRST, not the GOP agenda of "NO". Sometimes you have to say "YES".

    February 19, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  22. mark

    Thans for Pence saying NO to Obama. Nowadays, almost everyone is saying NO to Obama cause he hasn't a clue as to what he is doing.

    February 19, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  23. james Miller

    Finally one of the "kingpins" of the Repubs admit their only goal is to block EVERYTHING the House or Senate tries to implement. Bring Gov`t to a complete stop just in hopes of regaining power. --– Reminds me of a spoiled, pouting brat when he can`t get just what he wants.

    February 19, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  24. Jack

    What makes me mad is that is all you did. you didn't come up with any alternatives!

    And you acted and are still acting like cry babies!

    February 19, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  25. Dee

    This is a very frustrating time for the majority of the American people when our leaders are busy with politics rather than performing the real work we elected them to do. When you have a stance of "NO" it means they are not providing idea's or even willing to compromise. Some of us don't have time for our leaders to play this game, we have real concerns, such as myself, who has lost a job, and wondering what I'm going to do when my unemployment ends. Not to mention that I pray I stay healthy since there is no health insurance for me. Shame on all of our political leaders, "No" is like a spoiled child throwing a tantrum and refuses to play.

    February 19, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
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