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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soundoff (340 Responses)
  1. JR

    Yeah, stay tuned, the GOP is about to show the world what kind of lowlife despicable cretins they are and just how much they hate democracy.

    March 21, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  2. Massachusetts Brian

    Just got back from a stroll around the Capitol Building here in DC. It's a beautiful day in our nation's capital. Unfortunately I was surrounded by by a hostile assortment of Tea Party nutcases and crackpots who screamed at me to move to Russia or Cuba if I was for health insurance reform (that's all this bill is, by the way). And that was the mild commentary! It's hard to believe these people want to be taken seriously.

    March 21, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  3. Welcome to Rome

    Pence can go back to selling used toyotas after this with Rush Limbaugh and his scumbag listeners.

    March 21, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  4. BlueDem1

    Hey Pence, what are you going to do? Bring in a bunch of the tea-party fanatics to the House floor to disrupt the vote? Fine, then you'll go to jail with the rest of them, loser.

    March 21, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  5. Nancy, NY

    I am happy that things are taking good shape throw all democrats out of the congress and out of the politics. They want to ruin our country. Barack Obama has not learnt lesson with Scott Brown's election. He should be defeated realistically so that he goes out to Hawaii or Kenya, wherever he has come from. Destroyer our country and our economy.

    March 21, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  6. Sorensen

    Poor, little, naive Mr. Pence.
    He talks like an idiot, looks like the classic GOP snake-oil salesman
    and is desperate to try to instill fear in everybody.
    The GOP is now almost exclusively the party of low I.Q. idiots.
    McConnel, Palin, Limbaugh, etc. It's so yesterday!

    March 21, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  7. Phil in NE

    I find it funny what the media is focusing on. A few idiots on the right say rotten things and the nuts on the left want to “beat the hell out of them”. This is what’s getting all the press while the country goes down the tube.

    Watch out America, these nuts in Washington are selling everyone out. They don’t represent us, they represent themselves. They only care about ‘what’s in it for them’. This November, we need to vote them all out. We need term limits for all Congressmen and Senators.

    March 21, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  8. GI Joe

    So much hate and fear, and so many lies, for the republicans to spread - and so few days in the week.

    March 21, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  9. Scott

    Over the last 35 years big money/big business has had a plan to depress the middle class workers and increase profits for shareholders. Reganomics and eight years of Bush gained great strides in achieving this goal. CEOs wages have increased 600%, profits for oil, health insurance and wall street are setting world records, BUT for the American worker wages have had no increases! The Republican are puppets for big money/big business, Everything they have passed in Washington DC in the past 50 years has been for big money/big business with the explaination that it will trickle down to the peasants. Well now we have a President and political party that believes in the "trickle up" theory! The Country is only as strong as its weakest link. It used to be this way in the 50s, 60s, 70s! Help the bottom workers and it will trickle up to the top. Kind of like Henry Ford, Ford Motor Company believed years ago when he started his company. The Republican Party needs to be stopped and I think President Obama can do it.
    Democrats Care!
    Republicans Don't

    March 21, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  10. Lazlo LaRouze

    "Everything at our disposal." And just what does this mean? Is this some sort of threat? A coup in the works perhaps? Is this some sort of secret? Or is this designed to simply put more fear into those who are already in fear of change and who are filled with misguided hate as those who have denigrated themselves, their country and the propositions upon which it stands. Shameful and disgusting. Remember, the world is watching the alleged leader of the free world. Or should that be watching as Rome burns.

    March 21, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  11. Matt

    The repubs are always saying, "oh, jus wait until November". Who's going to vote for a bunch of cock-blockers? They haven't done anything useful.

    March 21, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  12. Lou

    I'm sure the Republicans will do everything they can to stop this vital legislation! They are the party of "NO" and are obstructionist. They are nasty and breed the nastiness demonstrated by the TEA PARTY. They have lied, and lied about the health care legislation. They incite lies about President Obama. The shame of it is that the tea party and others like them believe the lies. We need to vote all of the Republicans out in November and straighten out this country.

    March 21, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  13. IMissTheBannerPlane

    David.. David.. Did you ACTUALLY post that cnn is conservative ? You just had John King spit up on his lil pointer and magic board . Not only is cnn not conservative.. but even campbell and gloria locked themselves in the broom closet when hillary was ahead in the polls .. (she wasn't liberal enough). I think posters are more independent and critical thinkers who tune into fox as well as cnn . ( How else would we know that those tens of thousands who showed up in washington state were there for a popular concert and not o's rhetoric ) .

    March 21, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  14. Fed Up

    The Republicans were doing the same Chicken Little Dance in the '60s when the what is now know as Medicare Bill was before Congress.

    Some things don't change, except for the noise level.

    March 21, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  15. Coleen

    I continue to encourage the congress to vote NO NO NO on this bill. Health insurance does not equal health care. You can have all the insurance you want but if your doctor leaves or can't afford to stay in practice and if your community hospital closes because if the poor reimbursements from government health care, then who is going to treat you??? This bill will cause all of this to happen. Think about it.

    March 21, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  16. Ken in NC

    To those in favor: What makes you entitled to my hard earned money? It's not my fault you don't have healthcare. Why should I be forced to take food off of my table to pay your bills?

    @ John:
    Your hard earned money is already paying for those without health insurance every month you pay your insurance. Hospitals charge enough so that the care they are not paid for is covered by those that do have coverage. I wish people would read and research things before simply listening to talking points by others.

    I am a former health care worker so I am familiar with how those things are done. Trust me, you would be shocked to find how much you pay towards you bill that is there to cover the uninsured.

    March 21, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  17. dan

    Since when does the Gop care how the Democrats fare in nov?

    March 21, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  18. Steve Bivins

    So Mr. Pence is for the insurance companies, he wants them to be able to raise their premiums at will, he wants people to be thrown off insurance coverage just because they got sick, he wants kids to be taken off their parents insurance just because of age, he wants insurance companies to have a cap on coverage, he wants people to not have coverage due to pre existing conditions, and he also thinks that his party will be swept into the majority in November...all I can say to Mr. Pence ..STAY TUNED

    March 21, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  19. Jon

    Americans (by majority polls) do not desire this bill. When will the democrats figure that out?

    March 21, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  20. BeverlyNC

    The Republican obstructionists are liars and working against the People of our nation down to the very end.

    I am so SICK of Republicans telling me what I do and do not want. They have NO idea what Americans want because they never bothered to find out. All they care about is themselves and their corporate buddies who buy their votes.

    Republicans have betrayed America and have been complete traitors to the People and the recovery of our country. They still stand with banks who stole from us and do not want them to be re-regulated. They still stand with insurance companies who kill us for profit. They stand with corporations who send our jobs overseas.

    What has a Republican done for YOU this year?? NOTHING.

    At least President Obama and the Democrats have been working hard to help us all year. Every piece of legislation was PEOPLE-FOCUSED and RECOVERY-ORIENTED. What solutions did Republicans offer? NOTHING.

    They have been worthless haters, fear-mongering, racists who have no business representing Americans in Congress. It's time for Americans to use our NO VOTE in November to rid Congress of these Republican traitors.

    How sad and desperate Republicans have become..no solutions, no leadership, no beliefs in anything, corruption, scandals, adultery, no values, no character, no integrity, and NO help for working families.

    Goodbye GOP- you have betrayed America one too many times!

    How dare you talk about cost when healthcare reform costs less than the fraudulent Iraqi War you voted for and murdered our soldiers for a total lie??? Hypocrites and liar all!

    March 21, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  21. CEE

    Pass the bill. the Republicans have no plan that is worth talking about, they are too busy taking money from the Insurance Industry to care about individuals.

    March 21, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  22. Mike

    The party of no is too cosy with the insurance lobbyist!! Do the American people really think that Republicans are working for us or the insurance lobbyist when they are taking millions of compaign money from these sleezy lobbyist.

    March 21, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  23. BillG

    Republicans and their "just say no" approach to solving America's problems, the problems THEY created ... will result in Republicans being voted out of office in November. They ruined the country and now instead of working to try to fix the problems , they sit on their hands while holding the cash from their Corporate enablers. Vote out all incumbent Republicans in November!!!!

    March 21, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  24. sine

    it's funny how the republicans talk nothing but about elections. How about you start doing stuff for america instead of working about your political career and how much money YOUR gonna lose. 8 years they have gotten away with letting this country go amuck and they still don't get it!!!

    March 21, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  25. Debby

    Ken in NC. so now we are going to pay double. We will be taxed on this new healthcare bill if it passes and we will still be paying taxes on people who are on medicaid. How in the world is this is right for our country.

    March 21, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
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