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. Larry Blom

    Hopefully (there's that word again) history will show that just saying "no" to the business of the American people was the ultimate
    treasonous behavior. Being proud of standing in the way of progress is nothing but shortsighted, childish hubris. Will the bullies eventually win out? That's what the next election will be about.

    February 19, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  2. Jim

    well, if I lived in indiana, I'd be saying "no" to mister mike pence. he clearly doesn't understand what this country wants and needs.

    February 19, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  3. Russ in Benton AR

    Just say no to Mike Pence.

    February 19, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  4. RealityKing

    Saying NO to Obama's brand of socialism is a bad thing..., progressively speaking of course.

    February 19, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  5. The lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    Saying No because you are standing on the principles of the Constitution is one thing, saying No to posture the GOP party before doing the people's business is wrong.

    February 19, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  6. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    STFU is what the GOP needs to here. How can you be so proud to be so useless?

    February 19, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    Go go gadget extremism...

    February 19, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  8. Reformer

    Pence is another Republican who finds it easy to criticize but hasn't had an original thought in his life. He is just typical of the Republican lemmings we must get rid of. He is useless!

    February 19, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  9. c spurgeon

    Another pig out to help his country right! He will do anything for political gain and doesn't give a rip about what is happening to this country. To brag about obstructing at all cost. Wow!

    February 19, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  10. Edwin

    Voting "no" is necessary, sometimes. Maybe often. But is it really necessary to object to procedural issues?

    Please explain why it was okay to waive the reading of the minutes, for example, when republicans controlled the Senate, but now it is not okay?

    Vote no on issues that you think hurt the country. Vote no on them as often as you like. But stop voting no JUST to block the work of the Senate! The ONLY reason for that is to try and make the other party look bad, at the expense of the country itself.

    The party of "NO" is really the party of "Party before Country" - and no one can claim that is the moral highground.

    February 19, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  11. Mike in MN

    Republicans should be proud of their no position on a number of bills. And polls show a majority of voters also have voted no on the same bills.

    From the start Republicans said the stimulus bill was a bad bill that would not work and said a better bill should be written. They voted no and a majority of voters also did not want the bill passed from the start. Now despite Obama's claim that is has worked, a majority of voters believe the stimulus did not work and has failed to create a significant number of jobs. In fact a CBS New/New York Times poll shows only 6% of voters believe the stimulus has created a significant number of jobs.
    Republicans voted no on the House cap and trade bill because it taxes fossil fuels every house hold and every business uses every day. It would choke the economy and kill jobs. Polls show a majority of voters agree and they also vote no cap and trade.
    Republicans have voted no on the health care reform bills that have a lot more bad measures in them than good. A majority of voters agree. The nine most recent polls show a composite of 53% of voters vote no on the bills and only 38% vote yes. And the Rasmussen poll shows 61% of voters want the current bills killed and for Congress to start over on a new bill.
    Voters simply do not like what Obama and Congress has been doing and Republicans agree. No is the right answer to the Democrats bills.
    If the Democrats can't write bills the voters like and won't move to the right where they could find some common ground with Republicans and start writing bills voters would like, voters will vote the Democrats out in 2010. Republicans are not going to move to the left and vote for bills that a majority of voters are also voting no on.

    February 19, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  12. duke

    this person is a moron who thinks the party of no is something to be proud of.

    February 19, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  13. ANTHONY

    Help America recover "NO"
    Help the Average American "NO"

    February 19, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  14. Jack

    No is not a ideology–well, maybe for the teabaggers. An ideology is an organized set of goals and ideals. Saying no is what young children say before they develop adult thought processes.

    "No, I don't wanna eat my vegetables. No no no."

    "C'mon now, eat your vegetables."

    "No, I don't wanna.."

    "If you eat your vegetables you will grow up to be big and strong. Don't you want to be a big and strong country?"

    "No."

    Ok. Time for the grown ups to do the real work. Leave the kids at home to pout.

    February 19, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  15. mk

    Did he just learn to say the word NO? Where was he when Bush was running up spending? (oh, that's right, he was there, he just didn't care). What a freakin HYPOCRITE he is!

    February 19, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  16. johnnie w

    This CNN GOP Network , continues there Republican AGENDA, Pence stood in front of President Obama , at the Baltimore Televised Meeting , and look like a MORON of NO, President Obama took his 12 PART Qand A, and made him LOOK like the CLOWN OF NO IDEAS.. The GOP knows there TIME is about UP,and the American People see them at these RIBBON cutting CEREMONIES, taking STIMULUS MONEY,they VOTED AGAINST, including this IDIOT, Mike FENCE Pence, he does not have APOLOGIZE, because all he KNOWS is NO.It is all an ATTEMPT to STOP President Obamas AGENDA. All these LOSERS do at these Cpac SO CALLED events is TALK to their BASE of Tea Baggers, MORONS, DIVIDERS, where are the People of of Color? I will tell where they are in the MAJORITY PARTY, the DEMOCRATIC PARTY of YES WE STILL CAN. And his END is NEAR, he knows February 25 is near, and will look more like he is a ,GOP CLOWN,and that will be TELEVISED LIVE. CNN has an GOP AGENDA and every PARADES these FOOLS OF NO, nothing but Republican Tickers, well i got NEWS for for YOU Cnn, President Obama and the DEMOCRATS are FIRE UPand READY to GO. Pence is a HUGE JOKE, America will WAKE UP,and CHANGE is STILL ON THE WAY. .Party of NO has got to GO...

    February 19, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  17. Mesa Mick

    Lemme get this straight. This retard Pence is saying in public...

    "I'm a partisan obstructionist and proud of the fact that I'm causing gridlock when it comes to the governance of this country."

    What next you moron, you gonna admit in public that you're such a bigot that you can't stand a non-white being POTUS, or that women should be seen and not heard but never appointed to the SCOTUS, or that we have to privatize SocSec and end Medicare, or...sorry the list of right wing teabagging insanity is to long to go any further...

    February 19, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  18. David in Texas

    I agree with you, Mike. Sometimes "No" is necessary. Unfortunately, in this case it appears to be the only word in the Grand Obstructionist Party's vocabulary.

    The "label" you are portaying is not "The Party of No".

    It's "Party Before Country". You, sir, should be ashamed.

    February 19, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  19. Judiah

    Sometimes Crush all Republicans is what America needs to hear and see from Obama – Obama grow some – and grind these fools to dust.
    Channel your inner Bush and audit these fools – throw 10 secret service agents on each of them to investigate every second of the lives – and if you find anything, anything at all – use it to crush the living life from them.

    February 19, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  20. Can't Stop Progress

    ... And, people vote for these retards to just say "NO"?

    February 19, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  21. Wisconsonite - Vote for Consumer Protection Regulation of the Financial Industry

    Yeah? Too bad he didn't say "no" to George W. Bush and the Republicans when they were increasing the deficit with unprecedented, crazy spending with tax cuts to the weathiest 2% of Americans (with no way to pay for those tax cuts) and funding for two major wars (with no attempt to account for it, let alone pay for it)! Too bad all he's saying "no" to now is help for the middle-class of America! Too bad the majority of the tea-baggers and the like will eat this crap up with a spoon, too!

    February 19, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  22. TM

    A message to the Republican party. The American people are not buying into your rhetoric.

    February 19, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  23. Can't Stop Progress

    Wow! Americans are voting in these idiots to just vote "NO"? What a country we have become!

    February 19, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    I'm just waiting for one of these over-excited nutjobs to cross the line with what they say. Nothing builds momentum towards meltdown like believing your own sh-t and convincing yourself that it don't stink. Personally, I think the next month or so will see the Teatards exposed for what they really are: extremist racist John Birch Society McCarthyist wannabes organized, funded, led and encouraged by right wing nutjob GOPers (who probably de-registered as part of the farce). The GOP will start losing the "Independent" voters fast once that happens...you know, other than those rascally GOPers who ede-registered to skew polling numbers in an attempt to make it look like a foaming-at-the-mouth anti-socialism free-market-deregulation fundamentalist ultra-conservative ideologue is representative of a populist majority grass-roots movement in this country. Gotta wonder whether people who believe this astro-turf nonsense aren't smoking astro-turf in their garage on a daily basis.

    February 19, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  25. Alan Ford

    Oh yeah..the way to work together and help people.

    "The Party of No" What a dumb tagline to align with.

    (Please note, I have no party affiliation yet.
    In my observation Republicans are money grabbing for themselves and Democrats money spending on social programs. I don't like either.)

    February 19, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
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