March 21st, 2010
03:48 PM ET
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Pence: House GOP 'will use every means at our disposal'

'It’s going to be an interesting day,' Republican Mike Pence said of Sunday afternoon's vote on health care reform in the House.

'It’s going to be an interesting day,' Republican Mike Pence said of Sunday afternoon's vote on health care reform in the House.

Washington (CNN) – A prominent House Republican said Sunday that his caucus will do whatever it can to try to stop passage of a Democratic health care reform plan.

“Well, I don’t know if they have the votes,” Rep. Mike Pence, R-Indiana, said on State of the Union, just minutes after Rep. John Larson, chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, said Democrats had lined up the 216 votes necessary to pass the legislation. “House Republicans are going to use every means at our disposal,” Pence said.

Related video: Larson, Pence on health reform

When asked by CNN Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley exactly what House Republicans intended to do, Pence was coy. “Well, stay tuned, Candy. It’s going to be an interesting day.”

The House is set to take up the final Democratic package on Sunday afternoon.

The Indiana Republican also suggested Sunday that Democrats could pay a price at the polls in this year’s midterm elections if they succeed in passing health care reform.

“I don’t know if they [Democrats] have the votes today,” Pence told Crowley as he looked at Larson, “but I guarantee you the American people know they have the votes in November.”

Earlier on State of the Union, Rep. Larson, D-Connecticut, declared that his party has enough votes to pass the reform package.

“We’ve got the votes,” Larson told Crowley.

The Connecticut Democrat also said, “This is a historic day and we are happy warriors. We are so proud of the Democratic caucus that we will be a part of history, joining Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s passage of Social Security, Lyndon Johnson’s passage of Medicare, and now Barack Obama’s passage of health care reform.”

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  1. What's Next?

    Why should we trust this Congress ? or this President?

    They don't listen to us, why should we listen to them ?

    Time for Change

    March 21, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  2. Randy, San Francisco

    The GOP was wrong to oppose Social Security and Medicare. They are wrong now to oppose Health Care Reform. Isn't it ironic that Tea Party members benefiting from Social Security and Medicare consider these two programs as entitled rights and not socialistic programs?

    March 21, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  3. john

    All the republican leaders should lose their jobs right now. How about we impeach Mcconnell, Boehner, Pence and the rest of them How could people vote for them now??? They are so disgusting. I wonder how their families are reacting to their fathers or grandfathers choices. What if their kid was hurt in a serious car accidentg or worse.? What if they lost their insurance. They have wonderful and the best health insurance. The Republicans are an embarrassement to this country and their families. They are such fools when they go on tv. except for disgusting Fox news They have no idea what they are talking about. I would like to see hannity, beck and palin lose their income and their house and see how it feels.

    March 21, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  4. Ray E.

    For those of you that want this Bill, Remember the words of POGO, we have found the enemy, and it is us.

    March 21, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  5. Bill

    "Every means at our disposal", that includes lies, deception, innuendos, slurs, bigotry, threats, spitting, and any other unethical means. To them, "most Americans" means just slightly above 50% in polls with a dubious accuracy rate. Years ago, the Republican Party was respected. Now, members of their own party don't DARE vote their conscience. The GOP has tossed their respectability out the window. For me, an Independent who has voted for Republicans in the past, it's really disgusting. Next election, I'll vote for anyone except a Republican. Frankly, I'd like to see ALL incumbents voted out – clean house and start fresh.

    March 21, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  6. Chris

    Obstructionism, fear, hate, and divison – that's all the GOP offers.

    March 21, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  7. cph9680

    Go get 'em boys, kill this bill!!!

    March 21, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  8. Dean

    Is this a good plan? I do not know we have not heard all the detail. Is it better than we have now? It CANNOT be any worse! I think it is a simple vote. Do you want to contunuie the way we are now OR do we want a change? Blue Sheild just raised my rates over 50%. The rate now adds up to more than I make. The vote today will decide if I have health insurance or not. The GOP keeps saying the voters will remember in Nov. What if it passes and it works?

    March 21, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  9. Steve Pehnec

    Oh, yeah. Mike Pence and his cronies really know what is best for me and my family? Almost makes me want to move to Indiana to vote against him. These crooks are only looking to line their own pockets. The amazing thing is how many poor schmucks they can convince to believe it's about something else. Poor, stupid schmucks.

    March 21, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  10. 8 Years of “trickle down economics” has only left a wet spot on our shoes!

    Yes, tea baggers will have another KKK rally today led by Saint Sarah of the Silly!

    Bailin' Palin will be crowned by Michele Bachmann as "Miss Racism 2010 and Beyond".

    She will appear with a roguish tilt to her "gimme" hat with McCain inked out, giving testimony to the fact she is still torqued that she did not remember to grab appropriate head gear when the Reds were paying the bills at Neiman's!

    Her cammo two piece swim suit, she must keep those favorable male polls up, will have a German Luger tucked discreetly into the waist band, next to her "Jesus Saves:" tat. She will wear the waist band high to conceal the list that she believes Jesus will save!

    She will have "peek-a-boo" newborn bunny fur ankle boots, which she herself designed after helicoptering in and shoving a double barrel shot gun into the warren. The boots will include 4 inch heels, again for the male poll numbers, but also so they can double as stakes should she encounter any witches when she is not traveling with her beloved "witch doctor".

    Her speech will consist of defining each of the 10 "purity" commandments of the Reds and the new tea bagging "first principles".

    The rally will then break up into how to sessions:

    1 How to build and burn a cross from a safe distance..

    2. How to sew, press and store the white sheets and hood.

    3. How to make a hangman’s noose.

    4. How to screen print Hitler’s picture onto t-shirts.

    The tea baggers will return to the Capitol grounds for a day long KKK rally on Monday so folks can showcase the skills learned.

    March 21, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  11. Welcome to Rome

    Spoken like a true brown shirt.His corporate masters filled his bags full of cash and were suret is hidden in an offshore acct. where he can cheat on his taxes like the rest of the rich scum.He will be caught just like Limbaugh got caught,the names on that list should have been fully disclosed,but they got amnesty for turning themselves in.

    March 21, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  12. A keen observer

    It looks like the Teabagger Party will do nothing to shed their overt racism, bigotry, and hatred for anyone not sharing their views. It is great to see the republican party and their true beliefs exposed.

    March 21, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  13. joe

    Let;'s be Honest here. The racial slurs that were yelled at some the the Congrssman from the tea parties are true. The hate Black people and they hate that there is a black president. Let's be honest. Ask yourself Did you see one black person at the tea party event on saturday. the answer is no, Hannity, beck, backman boehner palin all spew hate and racism let's be honest about this The tea party are all white old and rich people who want to stay rich. Get rid and impeach boehner, pence, stupak maccain all they do is spew hate and tell LIES They all hate black people

    March 21, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  14. rachel

    I don't think I am voting for a single incumbent democrat or republican . come November. This congress is horrible. All the crooked dems and republicans making money off of people. Never thought I would see the day when you were forced to by something you may not need at the time up next every must buy a house(what a great way to solve the housing crisis). Obama has defintely not united or reached across the isles, all Obama has done since beign in office is basically say I won do what I want.

    March 21, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  15. ray

    again, i keep saying, round up all these red necks racists on the right and beat the hell out of them. these people had this government for 8 years and they up. this is a black president and the red necks on the right do not want him to accomplish anything. remember people, he is a black president and smarter than lots of these red necks on the right and they feel thats an insult to them and in way they will see that he gets nothing done, thats bottom line here.

    March 21, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  16. Bill

    Let me tell you what's going to happen here:

    1) The bill will pass. It won't be by much, but it will. And Pelosi, Reid and Obama will be talking about how it's the most momentous thing in history, blah blah blah.

    2) In a very short amount of time, word will come out about the "real" costs of the bill. It WILL be significantly higher than their estimates, and the savings will NOT be realized. How many times do we have to see the government a) brag about how efficient they are and then b) end up spending way more money than they thought.

    3) Dems will try to convince the people that "well, it's no surprise really that there are unexpected costs that come up, this is very complicated, etc.".

    4) The average American is going to be incredibly outraged by the monumental Bait and Switch tactic that benefits only a small minority of people but increases costs to almost every other American.

    5) The American people, the majority of whom did NOT want this bill but instead wanted the low-hanging fruit (initiatives) to be addressed, will ABSOLUTELY vote out a great number of Democrats in the fall.

    6) Republicans will (rightfully) continue to point out the escalating costs of this ridiculous bill that was GOING to be the legacy of the Democratic party, but it will instead be a millstone around the necks of those same Democrats.

    7) Our next President will be a Republican.

    Go ahead, Ticker Dems...pinch yourself, talk about how wonderful all this is, yak on about "Rethuglicans", "Repugnicans", etc.... Blah blah blah. The truth is that the majority of Americans did NOT want this bill passed, and Dems are going to pay for it. There are a lot more Republicans and Independents than there are Democrats, and once again Democrats have shown their inability to think strategically.

    March 21, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  17. Fed Up

    CHanges will never be made to this bill, unless it is more expensive. Get the bill right the first time, or don't do it. The arrogance of this administration is unbelievable. Open your wallets wide. Actually, just give your whole paycheck to the government and they will give you your pittance to live on. Vote 'em in. Vote 'em out.

    March 21, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  18. James

    Why does the GOP think that they will win seats in November? The reason they are the minority is because of their last 14 years of screwing the American people on so called trade deals that have ruined the middle class. I know I'm getting older, but my memory is still sharp!!! They are the reason we don't have jobs and a huge debt to China. When they stop thinking that we are ignorant villagers and start to understand that we have brains, maybe then will they start working in our interest. I may not agree with all the policies of this administration, but trying to correct the corruption of the past 20 years has its problems.

    March 21, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  19. Chuck

    The GOP are in for a slaughter this coming November. How can those GOP jerks campaign for anything that will put them in favor with the American voting public. It was dramatically displayed yesterday by the Tea Partiers that they are truly and obviously racists. Those are the same protesters that the GOP sides with.

    March 21, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  20. Dan

    Does Pence not realize the irony of saying Republicans will use "every means at [their] disposal" to fight this bill when they condem Democrats for using every means available to them to pass it?

    March 21, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  21. Logan

    If this garbage bil passes, the demoncrats can say goodbye to their majority in the House, and possibly the Senate. Lets start impeaching nobama NOW!

    March 21, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  22. Daniel Reimann

    The Republicans will have the opportunity to vote today too. I predict they will, again, be on the wrong side of history.

    March 21, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  23. BA

    Fear mongering? Try global warming – hasn't that been proven to be fear mongering from the left? Don't go there.....

    As for this bill, it is a bad bill that will help usher in the USSA. More taxes and less coverage for the middle class. This is insanity.

    March 21, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  24. Jon

    I can only hope there are several Democrats "on the fence" about voting no for this ridiculous bill! Maybe, just maybe they will vote with their conscience for once and not on a bill that no one has even read yet! I am disgusted with our current administrations attempt to "ram this bill through" without really understanding what it is about.

    March 21, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  25. Bill

    Oh for the love of Pete...yeah, name calling is ridiculous. But you don't think EQUALLY vile things have come out of the mouth of Democrats over the past several years????

    Grow up and quit whining. Most people don't like Obama because he DOESN'T HAVE THE EXPERIENCE to be President. It's not because he's black, for Pete's sake! I'd personally LOVE to see Colin Powell as our President, because he is QUALIFIED!!!!

    The true racists here are all of you who believe that the ONLY reason to not like Obama is because he's black. YOU ARE THE TRUE RACISTS.

    March 21, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
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