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. rs

    So, Pence, where have you been for 8 years?

    February 19, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  2. Bob in Pa

    Give me a congress that just promises to do nothing for 4 years.

    February 19, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  3. sirwinston7

    It seems to me the party of "No", finds that the only way to win, is through violence.Pawlently of Minn, says they should smash things with a golf club, Pence of Ind. Boehner of Ohio, McCain of Arizona, don't think that we should have health care for all of the American people. If 45,000 Americans were killed every year,wouldn't you want to get those responsible for it, wouldn't you call them terrorist, there are a few people who do not want healthcare for all, you know who they are.45,000 people die every year, only becuse they don't have health insurance. People who have no healthcare, get sick, just like you and me, and they will die, if they don't have healthcare. If the only hope they have, is when they go to sleep at night, that they won't wake up. You are responsible for them, you are my brothers keepers,if you did it for them, you did it for me, Violence begets violence, you can preach God all you want, that doesn't make you any better than the next, unless you are living the life.Just because you are giving someone a pair of shoes, will not do...... if they have no feet.

    February 19, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  4. SocialismBad

    Did the Democrats expect the Republicans to sign onto or go along with their far left agenda?

    They lock the Republicans out of meetings and reject all their proposals and the Democrats expect the Republicans to just vote for their stupidity when the Democrats can't even get many of THEIR OWN MEMBERS to support their madness?

    The Democrats expect the Republicans to vote for financial suicide for this country???

    Party of NO?? HELL YES!! I say "No more Democratic MADNESS!". Irresponsible Democrats MUST HEAR NO until their proposals are reasonable and involve TRUE bipartisan participation.

    As it turns ouit, The Party of NO conatains MANY DEMOCRATS along with Republicans!

    February 19, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  5. normajean

    Rep. Pence will find out soon enough why the "Party Of No" is not something to be proud of. A few "NOs" in the right places in the past and even he wouldn't have been here. "NO" is obstructionism and accomplishes nothing as the the Repubs have shown us for the last year and a half. Without cooperation on both sides Wake up folks, this is the only country we have, let's not of any situation, NOTHING can be accomplished. ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.Wake up folks. This is the only country we have, let's give it the BEST representation, not the worst .

    February 19, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  6. normajean

    Excuse errors in prior message. My heart is more accurate than my old fingers. nj

    February 19, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  7. Clay

    Pence should be censured and recalled by his state immediately. He is an onstructionist and nothing more, without a sensible brain cell in his body. What a pthetic excuse for a human being, if he even is one.

    February 19, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  8. CHUCK

    These types of displays is why nothing gets done. Same old crap by the same Republicans. Time to go home Rep Pence, if you think you are going to elected President you are sadly mistaken. I would be more impressed if you found a way to work the President and set an example for the other members of your party.

    February 19, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  9. David

    I had to post this even it was not under the right subject. Rep Steve King suggested the recent snowfall across the country is the latest reason to doubt those who warn about climate change. So we are going to believe an idiot GOP-er about climate change over a scientist. This is a classic of the GOP, they do not believe what is presented to them. Please remember this is the same party that forced this country in to two wars based on lies. If you do not believe me just ask Dick Chaney, he is still lying about the war.

    February 19, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  10. Hugo

    Sen. Pence, you have to remember that the Progressive liberals are much like little children, they don't want to be told NO. Their feeble little minds cannot understand that with a YES must come the fiscal responsibilities that must be considered to make YES happen, these propositions put forth by the liberals are nearly always at some one else's monetary expense.

    Stay with NO and better yet, HELL NO!

    February 19, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  11. inofritzn

    Yes and repubs called the dems the party of NO for years.... that's what the opposition party does. hence opposition party not supportive party. Libs on here think calling the repubs the party of NO is some insult or something new? Were you libs crying when Dems were saying NO to Bush agenda items????

    February 19, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  12. Dee

    It's ashame that his party didn't wear the badge of NO for the years the Republicans dominated the house.

    Maybe our country would have been in a better situation if they didn't give breaks to the wealthy and the big corporations. They sure didn't help me and other middle class Americans. I lost my job under there great watch and my husband lost his 401K under there great watch.

    I swore I would never vote for another Republican and still hold to that.

    I SAY NO TO YOU REPUBLICANS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

    February 19, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    No to Pence

    February 19, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  14. Allen

    "The handshake is stronger than the fist." And more productive than just giving the "no" middle finger. Listen up America, learn compromise! Without it politics will become war and destruction not creation and advancement.

    February 19, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  15. BRIAN

    So when Pres Bush just about bankrupted the US with what many republicans said was out of controll spending where was Congressman Pence and his NO.What a freaking load of crap

    February 19, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  16. Alex in Wisconsin

    I'm Proud of Mike Pence. finally, a semi-honest politician who can cop to their own actions. Now if only we could get the politicians to start respecting views outside of their own. Maybe Conservatives will remember that the liberals are still American and the Liberals can remember that conservatives aren't all stupid.

    February 19, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  17. Former Republican

    It ain't gonna happen, so dream on Pence and the party of NOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

    February 19, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  18. anotherGDlefty

    Too bad they never said no prior to Jan 2009...............

    February 19, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  19. gary

    Good for you, Rep. Pence. NO to more government spending. NO to more government regulation. NO to more bureaucracies. NO to marxist government. NO to socializing medicine. NO to more laws that take away our right and liberties. NO to NObama and a second term. NO to the federal department of education that is more a hindrance than a help to our local public schools. NO to Reid and Pilosi. NO! NO! NO!

    February 19, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  20. Donkey Party

    Running on a "no" platform doesn't move the country forward, it just amounts to a guy getting a paycheck by the taxpayers to do nothing. He should be shot for his open tyranny.

    February 19, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  21. PREDICTA

    Keep saying NO until those democrats become reasonable and write a heath care reform bill that REDUCES COSTS and not just give out freebies to those that don't have it (and ask me to pay for it by increasing my premiums thru a 40 percent tax on my premiums)

    February 19, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  22. J.P.

    As I always like to say, "How about 'No?' Will 'No' work for you?"

    February 19, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  23. J.P.

    This "Party of No" nonsense is exactly that: nonsense.

    The socialists had super-majorities in BOTH houses of congress for a year and they STILL couldn't get anything done.

    The Republicans didn't even need to be in town, because they simply did NOT have the votes to stop ANYTHING in the Obamunist's agenda... it was his own socialist party that did that for him.

    February 19, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  24. mike

    'NO' is exactly what the sane segment of the american population will be telling the GoP this fall ...

    they are in for a rude awakening in Nov ... I can't wait

    February 19, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  25. Karl in SLC

    Why do conservatives, republicans, teabaggers, all hate America?

    February 19, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
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