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. 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 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  2. Joe, Georgia

    These statements show how out of touch Pence and other Republicans to the real needs of this Country. They have played a great political game to enhance their chances of gaining political power at the expense of the best interest of the nation. They opposed a stimulus bill that was 40 percent tax cuts for the middle class and 60 percent infrastructure, assistance to states for teaches, police and fire and assistance to the unemployed. They opposed any effort to move ahead on an energy policy to promote new green industries and break our dependence on foreign oil. They also opposed health care reform. Health care is the single largest budget problem for this nation and many business owners and individuals. This is not a record I would be proud of. They have distorted the goals of these initiatives and have not been truthful with voters. In a time of economic crisis, they have done nothing but undermine efforts at stabilizing the economy and undermine the confidence of the American people in our ability to recover from the disaster created by Bush and Cheney.

    February 19, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  3. Alex

    I guess when "no" is the best idea you have, you have to be proud of it.

    February 19, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  4. Rickster

    Budgets do not come from the White House. They come from Congress, and the party that controlled Congress since January 2007 is the Democrat Party. They controlled the budget process for FY 2008 and FY 2009, as well as FY 2010 and FY 2011. In that first year, they had to contend with George Bush, which caused them to compromise on spending, when Bush somewhat belatedly got tough on spending increases. For FY 2009, though, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid bypassed George Bush entirely, passing continuing resolutions to keep government running until Barack Obama could take office. At that time, they passed a massive omnibus spending bill to complete the FY 2009 budgets.

    And where was Barack Obama during this time? He was a member of that very Congress that passed all of these massive spending bills, and he signed the omnibus bill as President to complete FY 2009.

    If the Democrats inherited any deficit, it was the FY 2007 deficit, the last of the Republican budgets. That deficit was the lowest in five years, and the fourth straight decline in deficit spending. After that, Democrats in Congress took control of spending, and that includes Barack Obama, who voted for the budgets. If Obama inherited anything, he inherited it from himself.

    In a nutshell, what Obama is saying is I inherited a deficit that I voted for and then I voted to expand that deficit four-fold since January 20th.

    February 19, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  5. Justin from OH

    Way to go GOP!!! Thanks for keeping everything the same and restricting any modicum of change. You've made old and crotchety Americans happy. Nevermind that most of the youth (those of us that inherit the country after you kick the bucket) will have to deal with the effects of you slowing down the progress needed in this country so there are minimum standards of living. The GOP has forgotten that a country is only as strong as its weakest citizens.

    February 19, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  6. Steve

    Of course the Repubs will embrace "No" It only makes sense for them to do so. It's typical three-year-old behavior.

    February 19, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  7. cass

    Good for you Pence!!

    February 19, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  8. evman

    Morons seem to be a dime a dozen these days. Proud to stop any progress towards resolving problems the Republicans caused ? I think I'm being OVERLY kind !!! What pathetic losers...NO solutions, that's their epitaph...

    February 19, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  9. Danny

    It's too bad he didn't no the meaning of the word 'no' while Bush and his "conservative" partners were driving the country to the brink of bankruptsy! America could have used a few republicans to say no during that 8 year trainwreck of a presidency.

    February 19, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  10. JWK

    Amen, Mike

    February 19, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  11. Ancient Texan

    Amen. Someone has to say NO! The wildest spending Administration in history can't find a place to stop, even after the president, Obama, said,"we're out of money". Also the American people have said, loud and clear, NO! on a government takeover of healthcare, but the Administration is making plans to ram it through anyway with the reconciliation method.

    February 19, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  12. LaVon Hummel

    Once again the chance to move forward and grow as a nation is roadblocked by a selfish Politician. It as if the moment they lost the power card in Washington they have fighting to get back. Not because they think President Obama is not good for the Country. Its because he is. They are going to hold this country back wit fear and buzz word like socialist. I think this is one of the Greatest Presidents ever. But they will make sure he will not make one step forward. Ruthless, filthy pigs. They are fueled by the Wealthy, and held up by the poor and ignorant . Wow. Shameful. We will fall to self serving power mongers.

    February 19, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  13. notfooledbydistractions

    I swear, republican politicians live in an alternate reality.

    February 19, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  14. Ancient Texan

    Rickster- You said it better than anyone has. The economic meltdown started back in Clinton's time and was aided by Dodds, Franks, Raines, Janet Reno threatening Banks that wouldn't go along with loans for unqualified buyers, and Obama who voted against putting controls on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

    February 19, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  15. JC

    Republicans aren't the only Party of No. If you actually look around – bipartisanship has happened. How many Democrats have crossed the aisle to vote against a bunch of these initiatives? Bipartisanship is going on – ultra liberal initiatives are being voted against by both Republicans and Democrats.

    February 19, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  16. George

    Republicans, party of No.
    No meaningful thoughts.
    No usefull legislation for poor people (anyone with less than $5 m).
    No understanding of the issues at hand.
    No nothing that doesn't hurt the opposition.
    No future for you or me.

    February 19, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  17. Marc

    SocialismBad – '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?'
    When did they 'lock the Republicans out of meetings'? In which meeting?
    And, contrary to what some Republicans want to their own Party, there's no Purity or 'Always vote as we – the leadership of the Party – tells you to' in the DEMOCRAT field. That might be a pain when some individuals think more about their political careers than as of the country, but there's no 'throw him/her out now!'...
    Get your facts straight...

    February 19, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  18. Steve (the real one)

    Some of you liberals STILL fail to under something. Proposals went nowhere because they were distasteful to the moderate democratic contingent AKA Blue Dogs! You own EVERTHING, yet keep blaming a 40 voice GOP senate (before Brown). Why can't you accept and understand the fact you were stopped by the moderates, incompetence, and arrogance in your own party?? I'd be ashamed too!

    February 19, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  19. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    You're in my crosshairs Pence.

    February 19, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  20. EDDIE

    Good now we have that sound bite on tape.

    February 19, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  21. Jill-IN

    We live in northeast Indiana and we would NEVER vote for Pence. Period!!!!

    February 19, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  22. Jane (Minnesota)

    What else is new??????

    February 19, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  23. BeverlyNC

    Pence is "proud" of working against the people? This shows you how anti-American and unpatriotic Republicans are. As long as they have their wealth, government-run socialist healthcare, meetings in Hawaii, and conventions to drink and party while the People are struggling with jobs, no healthcare, and paying their bills.

    Republicans live in a "different America" than the real working Americans. They have no recession in their lives. They still get their corporate buddy payoffs, insurance company money to kill healthcare reform, and bank perks to vote against re-regulating the fraudsters.

    House Republicans have proposed eliminating Medicare and Social Security! How People-focused do you think Republicans are now? Who will care for Grandma now?

    Republicans care NOTHING about working Americans so of course they will vote NO on everything to restore our country and our jobs and our lives.

    Republicans are ENEMIES of the People, and like Pence, are proud of hurting the People and the future of our country.

    Now more than ever we need to get rid of these arrogant, lying, do-nothings so President Obama, the Democrats and the People can work together to bring America back "for the People and by the People"

    February 19, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  24. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    It's becoming more evident to me on why jihadists want to kill us. If this is how conservatives treat American citizens, I can only imagine how they treat muslims in their part of the world. You people are hell bent on power. That will be your destruction infadel.

    February 19, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  25. Marie Laveaux

    Pathetic! I am really starting to get worried about the future of this great nation. I think all of them (Rebublicans) have gone off the deep edge. I never paid much attention to how deep the chasm was growing between left and right, but now I think we are heading for the abyss. I hope all of you who are foolish enough to support these hateful, arrogant, self-serving liars will be happy when they succeed in destroying America in order to discredit a President they cannot accept.

    February 19, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
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