May 14th, 2010
06:26 PM ET
4 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. Adalbert

    There is no room for moderates in the GOP. The party has lost its way. They have been taken over by extremists. Everyone but the extremists and the super rich should dump the do nothing republican party. They are useless dinosaurs corrupt to the core.

    May 14, 2010 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  2. Sick and tired of Lazy GOP

    When ever some one brings up Religion in a political environment or event, makes me wonder, what is the true motive of the speaker. Stay alert America, we fell for the lies 8 years in a row, Please don't go back to sleep. This party does not care for America. It is because of them we are where we are. If any of the GOPs were really and truly concerned about the state of our country and the welfare of the American People, then why are the GOP working aganist the American Citizens? Why are the GOP not involved or participating in creating jobs for America? Why are the GOP only concerned about stopping any thing that will benefit the American Citizens? If the republicans cared about us, they would put their power hungry desires aside and do what we, the American Citizens, pay them to do – WORK. Any time a party cannot participate in the legislative process, regardless of which party is in control, then it is time for that party (GOP) to vacate the premises or may be the GOP should donate their salaries toward bringing down the DEFICIT. Better yet, if the GOP is so concerned about the deficit and the size of government, maybe some one should remind them that if all of them quit today, the American People would see a huge decrease in the debt:)

    May 14, 2010 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  3. No time for Hippocrits!

    You're kidding me right???? Treat people like you would like to be treated? Pence...please look in the mirror and into your soul since you;re such a great christian conservative. Who is treating who badly. And honest work for an honest days pay????? Yep you're right you and you're republican do nothing buddies need to start doing an honest days work for an honest days pay. heck I do this for 10 hours everyday and low and behold I am a Democrat!

    May 14, 2010 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  4. KJ

    I hope he understands that the moral crisis he speaks of is rampant in both parties and not just the party presently in power.

    May 14, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  5. B.H.

    The GOP has no morality, conscious, remorse. And for example, the biggest moral crisis we face is what is happening with the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and its repercussions on human beings and wildlife, and they are fine with it. Drill more. Pollute more. Deregulate more. You can see here that they wouldn't be good at resolving anything else either. In fact, the GOP and their failed policies are still ravaging this country, well after most of them got voted out of office.

    May 14, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  6. GI Joe

    Can he even spell hypocrit?

    May 14, 2010 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  7. Kevin Cantu

    BLAH BLAH BLAH...heard as this crap before Congressman please tell us something new we haven't heard already....

    May 14, 2010 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  8. 8 Years of "Trickle Down" Economics has only left a wet spot on working America's shoes!

    Is he campaigning to be the pastor of the "christian facists" or for public office?

    May 14, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  9. Dan

    The best way to restore this nation is to boot Obama, Reid and Pelosi out of office,.

    May 14, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  10. Future expat

    "Pence said that his party lost its way on the issue of fiscal discipline during the Bush administration."

    Yet somehow the deficit is Barack Obama's fault. The GOP's ability to simultaneously believe two mutually exclusive ideas is astounding.

    May 14, 2010 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  11. Linda

    Oh my God! Another republican hypocrite. Please, lets not talk about christians, morals and republicans in the same breath.

    May 14, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  12. Ken in NC

    Pence says, "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.

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

    All of this in his speech at the NRA Convention before he and "The Boys" head off to the strip club or the Gay and Lesbian Club to have a good time on donors money and this man talks of FAMILY, RELIGION and MORALS. It all makes me want to puke.

    May 14, 2010 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    Mr. Pence talking about Republican victories or awakening is a farce. The Republicans even if they win they have no agenda and no solutions for the economy. They have the Tea Party people running around and making noise and Sara Palin a political misfit is running around making money and spreading what she calls her conservative agenda. As far as the health care bill for sure if he gets sick he gets the best medical treatment. Tell that to one of your constituents who does not have a heath insurance coverage. Presidents Obama's historical election has nothing to do with it. It was a referendum on the Republicans for doing a lousy job for eight years and put us in a mess we are in. So lets not make an excuse. Work on a bipartisan way. That is what you need to do instead of passing blame on the administration every time you get a chance.

    God Bless our country!

    May 14, 2010 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  14. abe

    Stop blaming the administration. Get your party on track and see if they can cooperate.

    May 14, 2010 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  15. Tom

    Why doesn't Pence ask BP to use liquid nitrogen to seal up the leak.

    Stop the pollution !

    May 14, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  16. Bill1234

    Please this is the same GOP Party who put this country in the ditch to begin with. My Grandmother stated it best the difference between the GOP and the Dems is this " The Republicans never met a tax cut they did not like and did not pay for. The Dems come in and then have to raise the tax to pay down the Republican debt." President Bush was given a surplis as far as the eye can see to pay down the national debt. In less than than you could blink the GOP was spending more with less tax money coming in to pay the bills. The we were attached and no war bonds were being sold to pay for the war. What did President Bush state "for the American People to go shopping."

    May 14, 2010 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  17. BADGER

    So the separation of church and state doesn't mean anything. Republican's continue to be hypocrites, what will they change America into the 1930's? They lied last time they controled congress and the executive branch and took us from a surplus to a 5.5 trillion dollar defiect. Tax cuts for the rich and deregulation of business and the oil companies got us in this mess and won't get us out.

    May 14, 2010 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  18. Djinn

    He is absolutely correct. First we must rally in November and vote him and all Repugnican, right-wing, corporate, bought-and-paid-for liars the heck out of office! Give Obama a clean slate in congress to finish cleaning up the Bush/cheney devastation.

    May 14, 2010 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  19. Debbie from Arizona

    When a Republican stats touting morality, I have to wonder what is he hiding. As far as the honest days work , for an honest days pay, goes. Give me a break. The Republicans have done practically nothing since President Obama was elected. Nothing, that is, except obstruction. It sounds as if he wants to be Preacher In Chief.

    May 14, 2010 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  20. Not Republican

    How many guns did Christ carry while on his mission?

    It must be national NRA day.. Thune, Pense and Palin, all rousing the unholy right.. while saying that they're Christians.

    Despicable liars is what they are.

    If you choose to carry a gun, don't tell me you're Christian!

    May 14, 2010 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  21. JohnRJ08

    Come up an idea of your own, Pence, or shut up.

    May 14, 2010 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  22. Eric

    Notice that he didn't mention that he was an American....get the birthers after him!

    May 14, 2010 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  23. JohnRJ08

    So Pence thinks this country has a "moral problem"? I'm sure he thinks he knows how to fix it because he's an expert on morality. Of course, the implication is that anybody who doesn't agree with him is immoral. This guy is an idiot. His job is to work on useful legislation and play a role in governing the country. We don't need a sermon from him.

    May 14, 2010 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  24. JonDie

    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..."

    So perhaps Pence can answer, What kind of gun would Jesus own?

    May 14, 2010 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  25. Dean in PA

    God forbid that these self-righteous, hypocritical, holier-than-thou bigots take control of this country. They will legislate THEIR morality. You will have to conform to THEIR standards of morality or you will be vilified. They are no different than Nazis, who imposed THEIR own brand of national morality. As long as you are white, christian, and heterosexual, you'll be fine. The Nazis held the same opinion of Jews, Muslims, and homosexuals. What a coincidence that the country has become so negative, so fear-mongering, so hateful, since a black man became president. Go ahead and deny it, you self-righteous bigots. You're not fooling me, and there are a lot of people who see you for what you are.

    May 14, 2010 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
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