November 26th, 2009
11:10 AM ET
13 years ago

Pence slams Obama, Dems in GOP's holiday message

Washington (CNN) – In the GOP's Thanksgiving Day message, Indiana Republican Rep. Mike Pence laid out the party's prescription for economic growth, and slammed the Obama administration's approach.

"[W]hile empty chairs for America's defenders were placed at Thanksgiving dinner tables in many homes, many other seats were filled with anxious Americans who are facing their own personal battles and struggles," Pence says in the latest weekly GOP radio and Web address. "Millions of families have seen jobs and careers vanish in the midst of this recession.

"Many are asking, 'when will things get better?' Many more are asking, 'where are the jobs?'

Pence slammed the administration's $787 billion stimulus package for failing to keep the nation' unemployment rate out of the double-digit range, as the White House had predicted.

"And what is the White House's answer to our struggles? Another meeting next week," Pence says referring to Obama's upcoming jobs summit.

"The Obama administration and the Democratic majority in Congress have taken our economy from bad to worse with their failed economic agenda and big government plans," Pence says in the GOP message.
"The American people know we can't borrow and spend and bail our way back to a growing economy."

Calling it "a push for government-run insurance," Pence also criticizes Democratic efforts to pass a health care reform bill.

On Thanksgiving, Pence also uses the message to honor those Americans who are serving in the military.

"Even in these times of struggle and trial, we have much to be thankful for, beginning with our men and women in uniform, many of whom will spend this holiday season away from hearth and home. The tragic events at Fort Hood remind us that whether they serve at home or abroad, we owe our soldiers and their families a debt of gratitude we will never be able to repay."

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  1. Terry from West Texas

    This Republican Thanksgiving Day message to the nation is fatuous in the fullest sense of the word (asinine, brainless, foolish, sheepheaded, silly, unwitty, weak-headed, weak-minded, and witless). The Conservative message is that Obama is doing nothing but wrong. His priorities are always wrong. His actions are always wrong. His choice of breakfast cereal is always wrong. His decision to go on a trip was wrong. His decision to stay home and NOT go on a trip was wrong.

    Conservatives do not, of course, believe what they are saying. What they DO believe is that they deserve to be in power because they like it. They also believe that their corporate contributors deserve a big profit from their investment in Conservatism. To Conservatives, our Democracy is just a game, like the Super Bowl. Someone wins, someone loses. They want to win. They also believe in the old pro-sports proverb, "If you ain't cheating, you ain't trying."


    November 26, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  2. Chicago11

    Stay classy, GOP. How petty and unpatriotic. Thanks for the indigestion, lowlifes!

    November 26, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  3. ICARE

    Blah..blah..blah..!! Elephants, you are the reason our economy is in the toilet. You offshored all teh jobs and thenyou didnt support new innovations or green energy to create new jobs.

    You are a dinosaur. Go away! HOpefully Obie is smart emnough to put tons of money into green energy..!!!

    November 26, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  4. Willy Brown........

    This is so ironic. It's political theater. Reublican's are the entire cause of our economic situation. They're political culture, and support of corruption by the Wall Street sales of fraudulent CDO accounts of sub prime mortgages completely emptied our American banking system of currency after Phil Gram completely dereguated banking regulation after 2000 by making modifications within Wall Street. In addition, the Republican ideology of providing tax cuts for the wealthy, and all Corporations during wartime which is very expensive becomes completely stupid. It's an economic "recipe" for any country to lose their economic power within the world. It's irresponsibly making the poor and middle class pay for a war that was to benefit the oil industry, as the rich went on vacation. Now, after 8 years of that...Republicans want to blame democrats for not reversing GOP ideologies damage to our economy after 10 months??? I don't think so.....What's the GOP been smoking??? And every time we speak about the truth over these issues, America ignores the facts. I wouldn't doubt if CNN even refused to consider this for posting. But I have to speak the truth about our country and Refiblicans degrading our economic standing in the world.

    November 26, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  5. ww

    geez can they just stop slamming for a day? It's THANKSGIVING!

    November 26, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  6. boz

    Another rattle from a disoriented republican. I'm soooo sick of these repubs yakking without any feasible plans

    November 26, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  7. Hal

    I am thankful that the GOP is looking out for the wealthiest one percent of americans and good old racist everywhere. Lord knows we spend too much on poor people and minorities in this country. Hell there was so much surplus in the US economy under the last democratic administration that anyone could get into college. Thank heavens we got rid of that and started spending our money chasing Sadaam and making all the oil companies and mercenaries wealthier.

    November 26, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  8. While many Americans are going hungry today....

    the Bidens and the Obamas are stuffing themselves at the White this the change you were thinking about???

    November 26, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  9. johnrj08

    Things will get better when the Republican Party stops being obstructionist and kicks all the half-witted extreme right-wingers out of its party. Then it MIGHT be able to function like a legitimate "loyal opposition" that is interested in more than power. Right now, it is dividing the country by stating one lie after another.

    November 26, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  10. tjaman

    The economic collapse was largely due to disastrous economic policies and pretending a near-trillion dollar war would be FREE, so sure, everyone have a tax rebate! Take two, they're HUGE! Which totally free war is the reason they're over there in the first place.

    A year later, the mess we're in is still the Rs fault. You all expanded the war to Iraq for totally fake reasons you completely made up and you destroyed the economy because you don't know how to count. That's all on _you_ guys. Also, the Contract on America killed healthcare reform in the '90s and we've just been sleepwalking through _nothing_ solutions while costs just got higher and higher!

    Your party has no solutions, and is entirely to blame for everything that is wrong with this country. So you might just trying sitting down and shutting up for a change.

    November 26, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  11. Patsy, Texas

    I would like to ask Pence where all the Republicans were when
    you had total control in the White House and Congress. Where
    was Bush's veto pen? Where were the oversight committees?
    Were were you, Pence, when the budget went out of control?
    If one of you, once, would just say "we did a lousy job, now let's
    work together to get it right", I would faint and cheer you on. All
    you can do is criticize and call people names. Your negligence
    and self-important my way or the highway attitude put us in this
    mess. Now help get us out, or go away!!!!!!

    November 26, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  12. Indy

    Listen up, this all started close to nine years ago you dufous !! I am sick of repubs blaming everything on Obama. The eight year mess will take a minimum of four years to clean up. Where were you while Bush was destrying America. I am sick and tired of the Obama bashing after a measely one year he is expected to clean up an economy destroyed by others.Shut up and do something constructive with your mouth and turn your thoughts into action

    November 26, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  13. JR

    Not much of a surprise coming from the party of bitter, angry, old men.

    November 26, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  14. Flex

    Excuse me? We're in this position because of republicans! You lying idiot!

    November 26, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  15. Steve in Kentucky

    Ah, the Republofacist recipe for Thanksgiving: A full plate of hate and lies. Can't take even one day off, can you?

    And happy Thanksgiving to you too, you hateful, evil people.

    November 26, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  16. Mike in Texas


    Govt can't force companies to hire. Companies are working their current employees longer and harder because they are afraid of hiring new employees. In other economic times they would have hired.

    Also, people need to realize that a job isn't going to come to you. You may have to move to get a job, but that is reality.

    As for me, I live in the city that is ranked as the #1 big city economy during these times. We have 7% unemployment and we are still growing. If people are willing to move to San Antonio Texas we have a diverse work force.

    All you slammers of Texas don't realize we are one of the strongest states right now.

    Oh, and I am a Democrat too.

    November 26, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  17. eolufemi


    November 26, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  18. reality check

    What is the Pence plan to creat jobs? What is the Pence plan for health care? What is the Pence plan for bringing home the troops? What is the Pence plan for getting moneyed interest out of politics? What ideas does Pence have for moving the country forward?

    Criticism is so easy, contributing to a constructive dialogue seems beyond Pence's grasp.

    November 26, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  19. Willy Brown

    Liberals love to blame everybody but themselves. Liberals had control of congress since 2006 and did nothing. You move sweetie.

    November 26, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  20. Lynne

    The overview states Pence outlined a socalled Republicans' presecriptions for growth". Surely, explaining what these are is more important than repeating the same old republican lines over and over again!!

    November 26, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  21. Former Army

    Keep in mind the democrats have held congress since 2006. Want to keep blaming the republicans for the economy, look at Dodd and Frank’s role in this. Also those who say the republicans represent the wealthiest Americans, do you really believe the leading democrats are poor and represent the poor. Try to be a pro-life democrat and see where that gets you. Party of inclusion? Come on, open those eyes people.

    November 26, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  22. B

    Save the political hate and discontent for one day and be thankful for what we do have.

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

    November 26, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  23. RAT

    Obama is a Joke!

    November 26, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  24. DennisG

    For all those so eager to send more troops to Afghanistan (at $500,000 per troop), if Nancy Pelosi's idea to create a tax to help pay for it is indeed proposed where will you be? I think you'll be the first to have a Tea Party or something to complain about it. The largest part of the reason our ecnonomy is in the toilet is that Bush and Cheney started two extremely expensive wars with no way to pay for them except DEFICIT SPENDING which of course right wingers hate unless they want to do it. Remember when that tax is proposed all the times you've answered the question "can we afford to fight these wars? "and your response "we can't afford not to." Just get used to the idea that you'll be actually paying for it this time. And, oh yeah, when your kid gets drafted to fight you need to shut-up then too!

    November 26, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
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