June 14th, 2009
06:20 PM ET
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Pence: Obama should speak out in favor of Iranian reformers

WASHINGTON (CNN) – On the same day that Vice President Biden said he had doubts about the validity of the Iranian election results, Indianan Republican Rep. Mike Pence urged President Obama to speak out in favor of the forces of reform in the Middle Eastern country.

“First and foremost, we need to take a half step back from this administration’s olive branch-and-apology approach to enemies and countries that have been hostile to the United States of America and our allies,” Pence said Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union.

“I’m hoping, before the end of the day today, the President of the United States will speak a word of support for Mr. Moussavi and for the dissidents and the reformers within Iran,” said Pence, referring to the defeated challenger to incumbent Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

And moving on to another issue in the news, Pence criticized the desire of some Democrats to include a public insurance option in the health care reform bill Congress will soon begin work on.

“I keep hearing the word ‘competition’,” Pence told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King. “The government competes in the private sector the way an alligator competes with a duck,” said Pence.

“If you introduce a government-funded option into the private health insurance industry, millions and millions of Americans will lose their current health insurance because their employers will simply either choose to discontinue coverage or you’ll see health insurance companies out across the country say, ‘We can’t compete with Uncle Sam.’”

Pence also said that a government-funded health care plan would inevitably and ultimately involve rationing of treatments.

“What we ought to do,” said Pence, “is respect that doctor-patient relationship and look for ways that will strengthen our private health insurance system in this country.”

The Indiana Republican also slammed the Obama administration’s long-term fiscal outlook because of the unprecedented amounts of debt that the new administration is projecting.

“The answer to following an administration that doubled the national debt is not tripling the national debt in the next ten years,” Pence said Sunday.

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soundoff (294 Responses)
  1. Jim

    You are a representative for a few thousand people in Indiana. Shut up.

    June 14, 2009 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  2. P. Y.

    @ New Day
    I agree with you 100%.
    All we can do is sit back and see what happens. We CANNOT invade another country because we don't agree with their politics. Thank God G. W. Bush or McCain aren't in office with their cowboy antics.

    June 14, 2009 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  3. S.B.

    We don't know what happened in Iran's election so let's stay out of it.
    We have enough problems of our own to solve. The Iranians need to solve their own election problems.

    As to health care, I thought the Republicans were all in favor of competition. They keep telling us that's what's wrong with our education system, not enough competition.

    June 14, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  4. street_smart

    It would be ludicrous for president Obama to make such a statement as it would change the complete dynamics of the situation on the ground. The Iranian government would simply point to the statement as proof that the “Evil Satan” the US is manipulating the opposition party and use it as an excuse to crush them militarily. Covert support would be much more effective and I am sure that the NSA is already on the job in this regard.

    June 14, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  5. catmom

    So exactly what do they want President Obama to say, "my way or no way", threaten them, Threaten to start another war. Haven't we seen the cowboy diplomacy and what it has done for this country? Oh, yeah, let us not be seen as being weak. We know Democrats are afraid and weak. I mean, after all we don't have to worry about our military. It's not like they have been stretched to thin fighting two wars don't forget. Wow, Obama has ran the deficit up and has plans to spend what ! on health care. Of course he can't do that, after all we have to fight a war with Iran and North Korea. Get real people, now we know why Republicans don't want to fund health care. They want to fund wars instead.

    June 14, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  6. Wes

    Right on Pence!

    Let's get to a spreadin' sum damacracy over thar' in Iran Good Bushie style!!!!

    Racist, rednecks and Republicans! Thebig three confederates are all for it!

    June 14, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  7. lutfee muhammad

    Let's pray thing's get better in Iran,i feel for those people,i know from 2000,how it feel's not to have your vote count.

    June 14, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  8. Debra from Georgia

    Dear Mr. Pence

    Did you speak out when the party of no stole the election in 2000. I don't remember you speaking out. President Obama doing what he is suppose to do and that is staying out of it. So go and find something else to talk about.

    June 14, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  9. GenTwelve

    No olive branch, no tolerance, just go in with our troops a blow their heads off, that's the way to do it, show how great we are, ha, so what, it will cost of few soldiers lives and more civilians, what;'s important is the we show'em that god is on our side and geive'em democracy. Or perhaps that approach is wrong?

    June 14, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  10. VC, MD

    To : Afinbro in Houston:
    There is no need to say anything at this point period.
    Exactly the policy that we had during World-War II. What was the result? If Germany invented the atomic bomb before US, world population would be 1/10th of what it is today. Being an ostrich is not going to help. We need to deal with situations as and when we can instead of waiting until the last moment. Bush might have made a mistake on Iraq but nothing compared to our inaction before Pearl Harbor. Even on Iraq, not many people on this earth are sad that Saddam Hussain is gone. If our nations could support US solidly, like Gaddafi, all dictators (Including Ahmadinejad, Chavez, Kim Jong etc.) would be shivering with fear and stop suppressing people in their countries.

    June 14, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  11. Luan Isuffi

    Just like this moron Bush spoke hard about elections in Iraq
    and other cronies.

    June 14, 2009 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  12. harold

    Right now private insurance companies spend most of their money for TV adds day and night.. plus Millions more for Lobbyists.. Therefor private health insurance.....is ...a ... Duck!

    June 14, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  13. Wendy in So. Cal

    If Rep. Pence is so concerned about the cost of healthcare to tax payers, why doesn't he relinguish his taxpayer supported, extremely rich and generous health plan. For those of us who have to pay for our own coverage to the tune of $18,000 a year in premiums, I don't really see how the insurance industry needs any more of our "support". If insurance company executives can make $60-100 million a year and take home over $1 billion in compensation upon termination, I don't see how you can protray them as the victims. For Gods sake, is there not one ounce of common sense left in the Republican Party?

    June 14, 2009 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  14. Recreator

    Champly or is the Chumply, you need to get a real life. Your brainless blogging always strays away from the article.

    June 14, 2009 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  15. chris in Texas

    Dear Rep. Pense if you had moral backbone you'd be standing with your President for having the prudence that apparently your party (GOP) doesn't. By the way why don't you do you job and fight for your constituents. If you didn't notice we're having our own revolution here in the good ol US. A revolution of ideas. So in short, in the GOP and yourself don't come with some new one's I'd expect to see your resume on MONSTER.COM soon.

    June 14, 2009 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  16. Dave

    Unfortunately the WH cannot publicly support Moussavi and the "reformers", doing so would only validate Ahmadinejad's claim that the opposition is organized by "enemy forces outside of Iran". Change must come from within Iran.
    In response to another comment, I don't believe the US needs the trust of those in power in Iran. While some in the US are arguing that we need to be nice to Iran and even let them join the nuclear club, Ahmadinejad showed us that he will do anything to stay in power and not tolerate opposition. Another Tiananmen may be brewing, that is, if news can get out.

    June 14, 2009 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  17. Andy

    Hey Champly,
    I don't mind buying you steak now and then.

    June 14, 2009 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  18. ED FL

    When you and you hateful, spiteful war mongering GOP'ERS regain the majority and act like humans instead of war mongers killing other americans kids you might deserve a response from the preident. Hopefully that will never happen again

    June 14, 2009 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  19. Carl Justus

    We had a president that had his tongue waging when he should have kept his mouth shut for eight years. It is good to have president know what the situation really is before he bigins to wag his tongue.

    We have lost way more repect in the world because of a loud mouth president that did not know what he was really talking about.

    Any country has the right to elect the leader of the peoples choice if it is a democracy and we have to deal with that leader regardless if we like him or her so it is best to know the facts before our president starts running off at the mouth for a change.

    June 14, 2009 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  20. Sheri

    Yeah, that's the ticket! That will "really" help those who want change. If President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stays in power, oh yes, he will want to deal with the US! The Iranians have to want this! Like the South Africans did! Nelson Mandela was in prison 27 years, how many Presidents spoke up? This is the time for Iranians to chart their own course, let them!

    June 14, 2009 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  21. robert diogenes

    This nation did not elect Pence to be our President. Pence's advice is faulty and typical republican. like a bull in a china shop. Perhaps his object and desire is to prevoke another war and invade Iran. He has one supporter, Dick Cheney.

    June 14, 2009 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  22. ED FL

    One more thought to you GOP'ers warmongers WE WERE NEVER attacked on the mainland until you and Bush and Cheney told the world that they must do it the GOP way or else . This from one of the millions of military who protected this country against attacks for 40 plus years until your 2bit grade B movie actor said Take down this Wall. Well my 22yrs of service along with those other millions did the job from1946 unti 2001 when you draft dodgers took over.and brought that attack on this country.

    June 14, 2009 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  23. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Why would Republicans be in favor of reform? They sure aren't here in America. They should have a group of Republicans fly to Iran,and party with their Taliban brethren over the landslide victory!!!

    June 14, 2009 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  24. Kacey PA

    Lets support the demonstrations...?. What, is this guy an idiot. It seems helping to overthrow the Shah did not teach this guy any lessons. And he claims to be on the foreign affairs committee. Wow....

    June 14, 2009 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  25. Don

    Already so sad about the Obama administration. Campaigned for him, voted for him and so far a total disappointment. The republicans are appearing to continue to be the worst nightmere this country has ever had, and Obama continues to cowtow to them. As we saw several times in the election process. No spine!

    June 14, 2009 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
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