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. Lucy, Texas

    I am so glad that the Republicans are proud of being the party of "no". Elect me to Congress so I can say no and get nothing done. But if you follow the lobby money, you will find that while Republicans say "no" to the duties of Congress, they say yes millions of dollars from lobbyist from corporations and healthcare. Let's check the records of the Republican Congressmen and see if they ever voted "no" to lobby money and or lifetime free government insurance to anyone elected to Congress. I hope the hard working Americans continue to say no to the party of "No". American are working harder than ever at their jobs, and I certain am tired of people who don't do their jobs and still collect their paycheck and get free insurance. We all want more bang for our bucks...I think we should start voting out the Congressmen that don't show up for work every day and accept money from the lobbyist. After all, we voted for our Congressmen and if they take lobby money, it is because the lobbyists want them to vote against their constituents, after all in a tight economy who gives money away without expecting the best bang for their bucks.

    February 19, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  2. Independent One

    NO to health care for people who needs it...Just let them die
    NO to helping reduce the Debt.......Let the country suffer
    NO to Jobs....I don't care if you can't provide for your family
    NO to everything....As long as Obama fail

    Yes to radicalism
    Yes to racism
    Yes to Cheney
    Yes to Me...Me....Me.....Being reelected

    February 19, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  3. Rick

    At least he is owning up to his obstructionist ways. But let me ask you this...rather than JUST saying NO, wouldn't it be better for OUR country if you said what you would RATHER have? Just saying NO doesn't do anyone any good.

    So, until I hear some CONCRETE ideas from conservatives, I have no time to listen to them whine and complain and just say No. It didn't work on the "war on drugs" and it won't work with me now.

    I am a very moral and upstanding citizen of this country and many of my "moral" would be considered conservative, but I will not stand with these people who simply stagnate my wonderful country.

    February 19, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  4. Sick of whinners

    now if you think that stupid evil bush was a joke, here is another one, pence. This idiot radiates hate, you can see the three 666 all over his evil face. This racist pig cant stand the idea of an African American in the white house so all he does is bash the President. Where was all this name calling and unpatriotic attitude when bush was in office? bush screwed up this country, and he had 8 years to do it but not of the pences, pawlenty, rubzio, boehner's said one word. now everytime I turn on the TV these clowns are on there spreading their hate. go ahead and run pence, it will be worth the disgrace to see how soon you are kicked out without getting close to a primary. nobody wants a ignorant clown like you in office

    February 19, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  5. Can't Stop Progress

    All these Republicans should just do the right thing and resign! Imagine my tax dollars are paying these guys salaries to vote NO on every issue! Then my 2-year old son should be a congressman because that's all he says whenever he doesn't gets his way.

    February 19, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  6. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Indiana citizens should be proud that the Taliban Representative they elected gloats about doing absolutely nothing for them.

    February 19, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  7. Andrew

    The GOP are so delusional. Yes, sometimes you have to say "NO", like to corporations having the rights of a citizen, tax cuts for wealthy people, no to bonuses for failure, no more bailouts for corporate America, no to religious nut jobs in your party. How about a "yes" for fair Healthcare reform for the people, yes for investment in manufacturing in America.

    yet, when you say "NO" have an alternative idea that is not just a stale talking point. The GOP have not learned anything from the loss of the white house to the Dems. How many youth did you see at the Tea Party convention?? Very little! The younger generations are far more liberal and soon will take power in the next decade. So GOP have like 10 years or less window to try to change , but I'm unsure they can.
    Once my generation and the next becomes the majority I sense the GOP will be but a whisper in the wind.

    February 19, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  8. Eimerd

    Smaller government , less spending, where were you guys during the years of the Bush disaster???? Cowards!!!

    February 19, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  9. Independent

    If Rep. Pence really thinks "No" is the way to go, many Americans will show these ridiculous politicians on all sides just how much we disagree and are tired of the:

    No cooperation
    No bipartisanship
    No support
    No honesty
    No solutions
    No principles
    No sincerity
    NO SENSE

    Americans deserve better from our government, working together to resolve issues facing our country. Enough of the nonsense, including Rep. Pence's.

    February 19, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  10. Mr. Moderate

    Conservative comeback???? I think these guys are getting a little ahead of themselves. Between what we have seen at CPAC and the Tea Party convention, the Democrats have plenty of ammo to reinforce the fact that the Republican party has been highjacked by hard core right wingers who's priorities are power and party, oh yeah and the serving country and constituent stuff too.

    If Ronald Reagan showed up a one of their events today, he would get thrown out and branded a RINO who actually wants to work with "them libruls".

    February 19, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  11. Stephanie Dickson

    The Party of NO would like us to give them more years in the White House to do what? They had 8 years to make policy/laws. We do not need to hear anymore from the "Party of NO MORE PLEASE".

    February 19, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  12. Marc

    'And Pence (...) predicted that the GOP would reclaim the House majority in November and the White House in 2012.'
    Any politician (either he/she is D or R) makes predictions like that one. So what else is new?
    My prediction, there will be a lot of new names in the House and Senate this year (but then again, many members of both houses won't gonna seek a new term...).

    February 19, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  13. Greg K., PA

    The man is delusional if he thinks the Republicans can reclaim the House – the Senate, possible if highly unlikely, but the House is ridiculous.

    February 19, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  14. The Film Professor

    Is that right? And he is proud of this?

    I hope the good people of Indiana will vote this clown out of office then. Saying "no" to everything doesn't contribute anything to this country.

    We have major problems in this country, ESPECIALLY the horrible, horrible health care insurance "system". We need all Democrats and all Republicans to get their acts together and work in consensus to solve these problems. Saying "No" may play to the Tea Party crowd, but many of the rest of us think it is un-American.

    February 19, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  15. bob in pa

    Surprise? no. Pence is another fist pounding, right-wing extremist and the type of politician that will keep the GOP from making a comeback.

    February 19, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  16. Thinker

    The party of no work is not going to get my vote. Why should I work my a#$ off when these republicans go to washington and do nothing. I'll stick with the democrats. I'm too embarrasssed to admit I was once a republican.

    February 19, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  17. Marcus

    Well I say "NO" to those who refuse to work for the good of the people and the good of the United States.
    "No" to those who sit on their hands and do nothing after they were elected to be the voices of their districts when it is time for re-election.

    Be aware, what goes around, often comes around. Do you actually think anyone from the opposit party would actually work with you because of your attitude?

    NO!

    February 19, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  18. Jaybird

    It is time for all the foot soldiers to get out and show the GOP what a real grassroots organization is!!!! In all states the time is now. Let us make the GOP eat there words. The teabaggers are the GOP wake up people. Notice they are not voting for Democratic. I think they are forgetting how we did it before. The people did decide. Let not forget and get distracted.

    February 19, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  19. will work for health care

    "Some folks like to call us the 'Party of No,

    Many (most)like to call you the party of NO b/c you all are the Party of No. Make NO mistake about it. You also have NO ideas!

    You idiots just can't say no to all of the efforts of President Obama. Someone amongst you needs to have some backbone. Despite all of this you have to stop being for the party... IT'S FOR THE PEOPLE, morons!

    February 19, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  20. Allen in Hartwell GA

    So where were all the Nay-sayers when Bush took us to war in Iraq; when Bush threw hundreds of billions of dollars into the black hole of Iraq; when the Republican led Congress tacked-on or allowed tens of thousands of earmarks to budgets; when Bush decreased the taxes on the rich and precipiated the economic slide into recession; when Bush got the debt ceiling raised several times to fund his wars?

    The Party of No seems only to have found their voice when Obama took office. What does that mean?

    February 19, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  21. A. Smith, Oregon

    During today's Questions and Answers Town Hall meeting in Henderson, Nevada with President Obama:

    President Obama stopped and made a point. 'The Republicans are telling people it's Snowing, that proves there is No Global Warming'.

    Global warming, President Obama explained refers to the entire earth. It is growing warmer in its entirety. It might seem cooler in a given area, however in other areas of the world it is a great deal warmer than normal. Taken into a whole, the earth is growing warmer.

    I of course agree with President Obama's remark which is directly pointed to the Republican Joke of the Month of February, namely, 'its snowing, that proves there is No Global Warming'.

    Ironically, several days ago when I attempted to post this nearly identical observation (a full week before todays town meeting), Anderson Cooper and AC360 DELETED that observation. I have no idea if they think global warming doesn't exist, only they apparently hated what the President of the United States stated word for word today enough to censor and delete it.

    February 19, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  22. Doraine Gordon

    Since you embrace the word NO you won't mind the voters using it on you when you run for President, will you?

    February 19, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  23. David

    The GOP is more like the party of no action. You have no better ideas and you are unwilling to compromise on anything, no matter how good it may be for the American people. Which by the way elected you and can remove you also. Both parties suck. GOP will lower taxes, with less income in the the deficit goes up, and they will do nothing to curb spending or lobbyist in Washington. The Democrats will raise taxes, but continue to spend like there a bottomless pit in the taxpayer pocket to pay for all these projects. Why as a people are we still unable to come together and compromise? Both sides have good and bad ideas, lets move on the good. I have to say it seems that a twp party system is no better that a one party system. We do not have to worry about invasion or nukes in another country; we do a fine job destroying our own country from within.

    February 19, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  24. Dad of a Diabetic

    Party of NO. No end to sick children with diabetes or cancer being declared "uninsurable", and denied health insurance. No end to almost 50,000 people a year dying in America, because they do not have health insurance. No end to thousands of families going bankrupt, because of health care costs. No end to 30% a year increase in health insurance premiums. No end to deficits, No end to Republican partianship that is unprecendeted in the last 50 years. No solution to saving social security and medicare. I wish every conservative would visit a children's diabetic center, and then visit a children's cancer center, and look into the eyes of those sick children, and know that conservatives are fighting to keep those sick children "uninsurable".

    February 19, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  25. greg

    well, it's not uncommon to criticise someone for their mistakes, what about our own party's BBBLUUNNDDERRRR!

    February 19, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
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