May 14th, 2010
06:26 PM ET
5 years ago

Pence: 'We will not restore this nation with public policy alone'

Rep. Pence frequently describes himself as 'a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican - in that order.'
Rep. Pence frequently describes himself as 'a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican – in that order.'

(CNN) – Speaking to a largely conservative audience, a Republican lawmaker said Friday that the country has been experiencing a moral crisis in addition to the economic crisis that began on Wall Street in late 2008.

Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana gave an impassioned address to the National Rifle Association's annual meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina. Pence, who frequently describes himself as "a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican – in that order," said the GOP has been down on its luck in the wake of President Obama's historic election.

But Pence claimed that, in the last year, his party had experienced a reawakening. As evidence, he cited conservative protests against the president's policies and recent Republican victories in Virginia, New Jersey, and Massachusetts.

Pence said that his party lost its way on the issue of fiscal discipline during the Bush administration. But told the gun rights supporters, "My party – Republicans in Congress – we're back in the fight and we're back in the fight on the right."

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Pence also said that fixing the country's financial problems and retaking the reins of power in Washington would not be enough to fix, what he sees, as the nation's ills.

"…A vision for a better America will also recognize that our present crisis is not merely economic and political but moral in nature.

"At the root of these times, should be a realization that people in positions of authority have walked away from the timeless truths of honesty and integrity, an honest day's work for an honest day's pay, and the simple idea that a person ought to treat the other person the way they want to be treated," Pence said.

And as he claimed that the country is headed in the wrong under the president, Pence talked about putting the country on a different track.

"We will not restore this nation with public policy alone. It will require public virtue and that emanates from our most cherished institutions: family and religion.

"To renew this nation, we must renew the institutions that strengthen her character. We must stand for the sanctity of life, the sanctity of marriage and the vital importance of religion in our everyday lives."

Pence also used his remarks to question whether Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan would sufficiently adhere to the Constitution. And Pence promised the conservative activists that House Republicans would not rest until they succeeded in repealing the recently enacted health care bill.


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  1. rickymo

    Another example of the dumbing down of America. He is an embarrassment.

    May 14, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  2. Bill

    Sounds like he is ready to elect The Moral Majority. I believe that was t Jerry Falwell's asinine organization. Boy, wouldn't a group of bigoted zealots be good for America? Pence is a buffoon.

    May 14, 2010 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  3. joe smith

    Question; if spector loses the primary, who will be appointed to keep safe the secrets of the Warren Commission..now thats' a job arlen has kept well for 47 years..

    May 14, 2010 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  4. S Callahan

    CNN must have had a preview of what is headed to earth from the heavens..I am floored they actually reported this....good job!
    He is right......and I think despite the pretend posters on CNN most citizens in America agree with him.

    May 14, 2010 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  5. debbie

    A self described moralist. Claims to be a Christian and claims that the United States has a moral problem. And at what point did Pence become God? I'm pretty sure that on the last day the judgement is up to God and not Pence.

    May 14, 2010 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  6. Brian - PA

    And just how does the politicians plan to do this and still uphold the constitutional separation of church and state? Tell me that?

    May 14, 2010 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  7. Gerald

    Mr. Pence managed to contradict himself in a single speech. Impressive. "The simple idea that a person ought to treat the other person the way they want to be treated" doesn't seem to apply to health care in your view, Mr. Pence. You want to repeal the health care reforms. You fought vigorously to make sure such reforms didn't include a simple exchange similar to the way in which the federal employees' health benefits plan works. You don't want people to have the same health care which you want and do have as a member of Congress. Not much Golden Rule in that stance, sir.

    As for "an honest day's work for an honest day's pay" you've repeatedly fought raising the minimum wage while at the same time voting multiple pay raises for yourself as a member of Congress. Same issue here with the Golden Rule.

    Mr. Pence, you are a blatant hypocrite.

    May 14, 2010 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  8. Cynthia

    SURELY this country learned SOMETHING from the 8 disasterous years of Bush. Why would anyone want to put these same people back in power. Not enough jobs outsourced for cheap labor? Not enough wars? Not enough deregulation for their corporate buddies? Not enough tax breaks for the richest? The Republican party is based on lies to fool people into voting for the. They play on ignorance and fear. A terrible combination!

    May 14, 2010 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  9. Chuck Anaheim, Ca.

    In other words a war on science and a theocracy simalar to Iraq.

    May 14, 2010 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  10. Captain Crunch

    "To renew this nation, we must renew the institutions that strengthen her character. We must stand for the sanctity of life, the sanctity of marriage and the vital importance of religion in our everyday lives."

    "We will not restore this nation with public policy alone. It will require public virtue and that emanates from our most cherished institutions: family and religion.

    So, we'll be just fine as a nation, as long as we all become Evangelical Christians, just like Mike Pence. These are RELIGIOUS views and have no place in the common square – no matter how loud the religious community yells!

    1. He need to re-read the Constitution regarding freedom from religion (including his).
    2. He's delusional about repealing the Health Care bill.
    3. He's even more delusional if he thinks he has a shot at the Presidency. We barely survived on 'Born-Again Christian', no one with a lick of sense would take that chance again!

    Buh-Bye Pence!

    May 14, 2010 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  11. Duane Bernard, Tucson, Az

    When a criminal or say a wife beater says he's sorry and he will never do it again, but continues to do the crime over and over ... year after year .... you have to say to yourself "I don't believe them". People just as politicians achieve a track record over the years and if they keep repeating the same actions over and over .... you can bet that they will continue to do the same things over and over. A wolf can't change and become a sheep!
    The Republican Party has established a track record over the years and years of supporting big money / big business, reduce taxes for the rich, distroy the working class, wanst to distroy social security and medicare. They won't change their stripes .... only their BS.

    May 14, 2010 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  12. Ramon

    Mike Pence and Republican Party what is your plan? You want to take America back from what? You come up with these bogus plans went you guys had a chance to do sometime for 8 years. You talk about freedom when there 8 million out of work people which have no freedom for success at this point. You talk about guns. I don t need guns to put food on my table. Pence you talk a good game but no results..

    May 14, 2010 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  13. CR

    The GOP did not "lose its way". It exposed itself as a fraud. They are fooling fewer and fewer Americans.

    May 14, 2010 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  14. valwayne

    The massive corrupt spending and debt has to end before it brings the nation to a complete collapse. The massive corruption in Congress with thousands and thousands of earmarks and the backroom deals in Congress and the White House with the Cornhusker Kickback, Louisiana Purchase, $60 billion union payoff, and the Florida Gatoraide have to be brought to an end. Corruption in Chicago may seem cute from a distance, but our nation should not be run "The Chicago Way"!!!!

    May 14, 2010 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  15. karl larson

    why is it that all these "big" Republicans all look like thay came out of the same mold at the same plastic factory?

    May 14, 2010 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  16. John Lubeck

    Mr. Pence, I have news for you. This countries immorality is the Republican party.

    May 14, 2010 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  17. Mark

    "...and the simple idea that a person ought to treat the other person the way they want to be treated," Pence said."

    And then Pence proceeds to use the typical neocon Christian code words for his audience that gay citizens should be treated like something he scraped off his shoe and that women should give up freedom of choice and bow to his religion.

    Is that how he would really want to be treated?

    May 14, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  18. David

    Restore this nation with religion, what the heck are you talking about, religion has no place in government, especially your extremist evangelical cult.

    May 14, 2010 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  19. Saint Genesius

    Mike Pence is right, America is headed in the wrong direction...because of people like Mike Pence.

    May 14, 2010 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  20. Mickey, NY

    The NRA is a traitorous organization

    I own guns and I REFUSE to give a dime to these traitors!

    May 14, 2010 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  21. Mickey, NY

    Another GOP domestic terrorist trying to shove religion down our throats...good luck with that one, Pence, you hypocrite!

    May 14, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  22. Lori in St Pete

    I spend every evening with MY family Mr. Pence. Can you say the same?

    Religion has no place in politics and those like Mr. Pence and the rest of the extreme right are false profits. True believers don't need to prove to others who religious and "godly" we are.

    "Sanctity of life"? Yet they don't want the poor and those with preexisting medical conditions to have access to medical care, and they sure don't want a penny of their money going to those babies once they're breathing, self-aware human beings. Casey Anthony wanted to have an abortion, but her mother forced her to not only continue with her pregnancy, but raise a child she clearly didn't want. We all know how that worked out. Every day there's another story in the paper about another child who was tortured and murdered by those who were supposed to love and protect them. It would have been more humane for them to have never been born at all vs. spending three or four years being subjected to horrific beatings and home life only to end up in a plastic bag in the Florida swamp, or buried in the desert.

    "Sanctity of marriage", huh? More of your ilk needs to walk the talk before they go preaching to others Mr. Pence.

    May 14, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  23. NVa Native

    Moral preaching from a Republican poitician. Yuck!

    Doesn't he have a subsidized room at the radical C Street Family Church house of ill repute he needs to explain?

    May 14, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  24. Why Does God Hate Red States and Red Neck Who Live in Them

    Pence: Please give us back the car keys. We know we were drunk for eight years and wrecked the country, but we promise to drive safe if you just vote for us in 2010.

    "And we promise to stop all that Wall Street regulation to help our friends at Goldman Sachs. And no more regulation of deep sea drilling. We trust the oil companies not to turn the Gulf of Mexico into a tub of petroleum. Hell, who needs to eat oysters anyway, or shrimp for that matter. And while were at it, no more mine regulations. We need more coal and what's a few miner's lives. And health coverage, why not just let the insurance companies do what they want and everything will be just great."

    And guns. Why can't I bring a bazooka to church? Why can't people on the terrorist watch list not buy guns?

    May 14, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  25. Ronnie Harper

    This moron has it all backwards. Religion is the root cause of all of our country's problem, from war, to bigotry, to racism, to greedy economics. White, christian males retain the very hegemony this moron rails about by wielding the 'moral' bat of religion against women, minorities and children. One person's moral is another person's taboo. These right-wing fanatics need to get a clue, this agenda will undeniably fail. There is too much diversity in this country for rich white males to continue to steal from the poor, abuse women and children with religion, and hijack our political system by cozening up to big-business. I hate the Republican party and all of its members, and I know a huge percentage of Americans feel exactly the same way. American conservatives are ignorant bigots and thieves, and they fight for the rights of the very corporations and institutions that have their boots on their necks.

    May 14, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
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