October 1st, 2010
03:06 PM ET
4 years ago

Pence: 'Our social and cultural fabric is unraveling'

Washington (CNN) – Aides to Indiana GOP Rep. Mike Pence haven't been shy about stirring up presidential buzz about their boss, especially after his victory last month in the Values Voters Summit 2012 straw poll.

Now Pence is heading to Des Moines on Saturday to address the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition - his second trip to the first-in-the-nation caucus state this cycle - and his office has released excerpts of his speech, an overture to both fiscal and social conservatives.

"These are serious times," Pence will say, according to the prepared remarks. "A nation conceived in liberty has come of age in bondage to big government. We've lost respect to the world. We are going broke. And our social and cultural fabric is unraveling. People are scared."

Read excerpts from Pence's prepared remarks after the jump:

Iowa Christian Alliance president Steve Scheffler told CNN Friday that Pence earned high marks from conservative activists during the Bush adminstration for "not playing the same old go-along-to-get-along game" that turned off the GOP base in 2006 and 2008.

Scheffler said Pence's September 17 speech at the Values Voters Summit, in which he urged Republicans not to abandon their moral compass even in a time of economic crisis, "touched all the high points" that GOP caucus-goers like to hear.

"If he touches all the similar points here, people will be impressed," he said. "I think if he does decide to run for president he will certainly have a good hearing here in Iowa - if he continues to do the things that he's done in the past."

Scheffler said more than 600 people are expected at Saturday's event.

Excerpts from Pence's prepared remarks to the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition:

"Even Republicans in Congress are getting back to fiscal discipline and reform. Let's be honest, four years ago Republicans in Congress didn't just lose their majority, they lost their way. When I opposed No Child Left Behind, when I opposed the Medicare prescription drug bill, and when I opposed the Wall Street bailout, I knew that if we kept acting like big government liberals, the American people were eventually going to go with the professionals. And they did.

"The truth is our party in Congress walked away from the principles that minted our national governing majority and the American people walked away from us.

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"These are serious times. A nation conceived in liberty has come of age in bondage to big government. We've lost respect to the world. We are going broke. And our social and cultural fabric is unraveling. People are scared.

"In the face of their failed leadership, our party must have the courage to produce a vision for a better America that will return our national government to the common sense and common values of everyday Americans.

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"Finally, a vision for a better America must recognize that our present crisis is not merely economic and political, but moral in nature. At the root of these times should be the realization that people in positions of authority have walked away from the timeless truths of honesty, integrity, an honest day's work for an honest day's pay and the simple notion that you ought to treat the other guy the way you want to be treated. We will not restore this nation with public policy alone. It will require public virtue, and that emanates from the traditional institutions of our nation – life, family and religion."


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soundoff (66 Responses)
  1. Jacob

    his faith and freedom coalition are driving gay teens to commit suicide! shame on him!

    October 1, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  2. Brian

    Empty, meaningless rhetoric, just what "GOP caucus-goers like to hear."

    October 1, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  3. NVa Native

    "our social and cultural fabric is unraveling. People are scared" – yes your pervese distortion of our world is coming to an end. Or maybe it already has – at least I hope so. It's time people refused to be manipulated by the cancer that is the Republican/Teabagger/Fox trinity of evil. When will all this fear and hatred be enough- when it gets a few more inocent Americans killed? Becuase that's where all this fabricated fear and hatred is heading.
    The Republicans / tea-baggers are the American Tahliban, and fox is their propoganda ministry.

    October 1, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  4. Rob Johnson

    Most of Pence's comments are his opinion, which he has a right to, even if it's different from mine. But this is just incorrect:

    "We've lost respect to the world."

    First of all, nice grammar, especially for a prepared written statement. Second, whatever domestic popularity/respect issues Obama has in the US, and he has plenty, it is just factually inaccurate to say we have lost respect from other countries under his watch. He has actually gained back a good amount of the respect that Bush lost.

    Now if you want to say that is because the other countries of the world are stupid, or they all hate America and want us to fail and that is why they support Obama, fair enough. But by any objective measure, Obama has increased America's respect around the world, not decreased it.

    October 1, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  5. Indie Woman in Denver

    Just because half of America sees the role of gov't differently than you do, Rep Pence, doesn't make us wrong... or you, for that matter. Just different. Why can't you accept that? I very much take exception to the GOP demagoging the Democratics.

    October 1, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  6. annie s

    Religion belongs between a man and his God – it has no place in our government. Not to mention that the mean spirited, selfish, dishonest form of Christianity practiced by people who would brag about voting against bills that help our nation's neediest has nothing whatsoever to do with the teachings of Jesus.

    October 1, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  7. geecee

    'Our social and cultural fabric is unraveling' . I totally agree, Mr. Pence, thanks to you and your Great Obstructionist Party and the teabagger offshoots it sired. You are nothing but a bunch of hating, spiteful, mean-spirited, miserable, angry, vengeful, vindictive anti-American bigots. How is this Country ever going to move forward with a bunch like that!!

    October 1, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  8. Crazy Harry

    Led by you and your loser hypocritical republicans.

    October 1, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  9. beth

    Another one of these guys who thinks we should go back to the 50's. Wake up. We are not headed back to the 50's era. That was 60 years ago. Are you still going to be singing this same tune in 2030, when it will be 80 years ago? Going back to the 50's in 2010 is like going back to the year 1890 for someone living in 1950. Can you imagine that?!!!! That is just so laughable.

    October 1, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    . At the root of these times should be the realization that people in positions of authority have walked away from the timeless truths of honesty, integrity, an honest day's work for an honest day's pay and the simple notion that you ought to treat the other guy the way you want to be treated
    --------------------------------------------------

    You are describing the modern-day gone-crazy GOP sir, and I for one agree with you. The day Joe Wilson called the President of the United States a LIAR on the Congress floor was one of the most embarrassing and troublesome day of my entire life!!! What on earth could he have been thinking to have performed so despicably in public, on national and worldwide television for all to see? Disagree with the President of our country, whomever he is, all you want but in a civilized way and in the right place and time.

    When all the GOP can do is disagree and shoot down ideas and bills, some of which were proposed by them, just because they care more about blocking the other Party's progress than the well-being of the nation, we have a HUGE problem. And in all fairness there are plenty of Democraps in Congress collecting a paycheck without doing their jobs as well.

    The country is scared sir because your Party has gone out of it's way to spin lies, and mis-inform, and the MSM has joined hands with you. When know-nothings, and do-nothings like Palin are continually in the headlines versus any progress or good piece of legislation being attempted, something is wrong. At the risk of stating the obvious something evil, and foul is at hand between Big Business, the GOP, and the MSM, and it does not bode well for our great, yet frayed nation.

    Hope you're not just paying us the usual lip-service.

    October 1, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  11. Can't We All Just Get Along?

    "A nation conceived in liberty has come of age in bondage to big government. We've lost respect to the world. We are going broke. And our social and cultural fabric is unraveling. People are scared."

    We were scared when all this happened under Bush. We spoke out against it and were told we were traitors, that speaking out against Bush was a pro-terrorist comment. ALL of this happened under Bush's regime. Why are these people only speaking out against it now when President Obama is trying to repair all of the damage Bush and Cheney did instead of speaking out against it when Bush enacted the destruction of America and the Constitution?

    October 1, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  12. No Tea For Me

    The only thing I'm scared of is people like Pence, Palin and the tea party. They have made us a joke to the entire world.

    October 1, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  13. Rick McDaniel

    The fabric was always full of holes. We just chose to ignore them.

    October 1, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  14. Marco

    Where was he duing the Bush administration?????

    October 1, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  15. morons

    don't look now, but you idiots on the right with your hate and lies are the one's dividing this country!!! and when someone yells or snaps at you, you have the nerve to suggest they/we are the ones dividing this country!!! you people are sick in the head...we must be the laughing stock around the world! I'm moving to Switzerland!

    October 1, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  16. keeth in cali

    Pence is Chicken Little, crying about a time that never really existed.

    October 1, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  17. Cosmo

    "...and the sky is falling and my jockey shorts are now made in China". What kind of whining do you think you would hear from this guy if he had been aliveduring in the Great Depression or World War II? Another visionless opportunist.

    October 1, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  18. Marie MD

    Sixpence get a life. You are one of about 20 candidiates that are going to run iin 2012. I have yet to see one of you who could shine the President's shoes.

    October 1, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  19. betterdays

    "(P)eople in positions of authority have walked away from the timeless truths of honesty, integrity, an honest day's work for an honest day's pay and the simple notion that you ought to treat the other guy the way you want to be treated."

    For every person in a position of authority who "walks away" from these truths, there are thousands of "average" citizens who behave ten times worse. And I'm much more sick of those people being rewarded for their idiotic behavior than I am sick of a handful of politicians. Take the average punk who, for example, deliberately rides a bicycle down the center of the street right toward your car because it "empowers" him. He gets away with it, right? Because he's "poor" and "oppressed," we just expect him to behave in an ignorant fashion, and instead of shame, he feels pride. Eventually, he raises his umpteen children to behave the same way, this happens hundreds of thousands of times, day in and day out, all over the nation, and that's how we get to where we are today.

    October 1, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  20. Patrick

    Mike Pence is a closet homosexual. All the values crowds who preach the loudest always are..

    October 1, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  21. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but...

    "We are going broke. And our social and cultural fabric is unraveling. People are scared."

    30 years of wage stagnation tends to do that. Have a nice day!

    October 1, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  22. Jackalope

    The sky is falling! The sky is falling!

    October 1, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  23. john

    Why can't we get rid of these loons? They are the real problem. Dumb people that think they have a direct line to god and all of their actions are backed up by god. God does not speak through you morons, you are just people like the rest of us.

    October 1, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  24. vic, Nashville TN

    Real conservatives don’t whine
    Now day’s conservatives think they miss something or some one stole their properties

    October 1, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  25. Thomas, Baton Rouge, LA

    what a pinhead...

    October 1, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
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