November 26th, 2009
11:10 AM ET
12 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. Party Purity will never bring Political Power!

    Mr Pence, exactly which party deemed those "empty chairs" would be at that table?

    And you do not correct 8 years of bad economic management in 11 months and it will not become the truth, no matter how many times you state it.

    November 26, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  2. republicans hate america

    funny how the same losers that got us here now complain we are here.

    November 26, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  3. Fitz in Texas

    For the ones asking...."when will things get better?" Things will get much better in 2010 and 2012 when these Democrats are voted out of office.

    God bless our military and keep them safe!

    November 26, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  4. JT the Show Me State College Freshman

    Just for once, could you guys put aside your politics just for this one day, Thanksgiving? Be thankful you live in a country that gives you the right to say anything, no matter how absurd it is. Happy Thanksgiving all.

    November 26, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  5. Marc

    There were a hundred (at least) more elegant ways to say what he said, but he chose to rant... (except in the part that about the military)
    Happy Thanksgiving everybody.

    November 26, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  6. Frank from Gilroy

    Pence was part of the group that created this huge problem and now spews misdirection blame toward the Dems who were in the minority and powerless to stop it. After 11 months of still trying to figure out how bad the system has been broken, it should be a crime for a corporatist hack like Pence to blame others who are doing there best to rectify the worst mismanagement of fiscal policy and war policy in the history of the United States of America. Critical thought process and team work is what is needed not misdirection blame to cover your sins.

    November 26, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  7. Johnny La Salle

    Excerpts from Pence Thanks Giving speech only a year ago. Thank you G.W. Bush for putting us in an un winnable war. Thanks for allowing the fed and the banks for putting our economy on steroids. only to give us the imputence to fix the problems of the future. eighter way that's somebody elses problem. even then that's a blessing because we can blame the problems of then on our enemies, seem strong and win election, and if that dosen't work we can always use fear.

    November 26, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  8. Jack Fl

    As we continue to wait for trickle down economics to reach poor people, Mr Oboma is trying trickle up economics

    November 26, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  9. sharlyn

    here i am way up north in edmonton, albert, canada and i just cannot for the life figure out how you can dislike and run down your president in such demeaning ways . i myself have watched cnn so closely for many years now and if you don't want your president we'll be so happy to have him here. give the guy a break!! how soon people forget what the guy had to step into form bush. he said in many speeches that change would not be easy- well, it's not. to go after his family would land you in jail here. you american's should be happy to have such a sweet talented president.

    November 26, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  10. chicken little

    The sky is falling! The sky is falling!

    Look everyone – the president is fixing the worst recession ever, bailing out the economy, repaving paths of peace with foreign countries, trying to give the american public affordable health care and trying to fix a broken war.

    How dare he stand in the way of the interest of the GOP lobbyist who profit from war, pharmaciticals, poor banking regulation, etc.

    Obama must be a socialist to care so much about the average american citizen.

    The sky is falling, the sky is falling

    November 26, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  11. Ex-NC-Pub

    "Millions of families have seen jobs and careers vanish in the midst of this recession.

    Yes, and mine along with millions of others went BEFORE OBAMA GOT INTO OFFICE!
    You Repubs continue to make the same mistake... you think we all are stupid, gullible and have short memories.

    November 26, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  12. Willy Brown

    Next week Barry will go on TV, blame Bush and then we will send troops to finally support the generals on the ground. Happy Thanksgiving Troops!

    November 26, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  13. moosehead

    One should remind Rep. that it took his party 8 years of neglect and corruption to bring the economy to this sad state,.. why does he expect it to turn around overnight.

    November 26, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  14. Jay

    Weren't you Republicans in control of the Presidency and Congress for most of this decade? Look at the results - 2 wars that didn't return anything, the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, etc.

    For you idiots to now criticize is ridiculously wrong. If it weren't for greed and stupidity I don't think you would have a single seat in politics. You disgust me.

    I hope you lose further seats in the next election. The world needs less of you sleaze furthering the ills on this planet.

    November 26, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  15. The Film Professor

    It would be nice if the GOP could just send a holiday message that expresses some gratitude and hope for something.

    But no - just more negativity and blame from the Party of No.

    November 26, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  16. dave

    Maybe the Republican Morons should ask Mr Bush and Mr Cheney when the jobs are coming back. They were lost under thier administration along with the phony increases in the stock market...and these lying POS people have the gall to go after Obama in his Freshman year (the end of the year that Bush/Cheney were still in office?) for not turning the entire situation around? WHen did George Orwell take over the Republican Party?

    November 26, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  17. PULEEEZZZ!! lets tell some truth

    The Job loss starts with Ronny Reagan and the Republican attitude towards regulations. Our jobs got shipped out of the US thanks to Republican corporations.. Lets tell some truth here..

    November 26, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  18. katiec

    Mr Pence,
    It took your party eight years to almost destroy our country, yet
    you have the nerve to demand it be resolved in a few months.
    It is so sad that you and your party ignore taking part in our
    surivival, refusing to help alleviate the crisises you created.
    You have become irresponsible extremists with goals to
    further destroy our country and us.

    November 26, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  19. PAUL W.

    Let me guess Mike Pence. All we have to do is elect the same people that got us into this mess in the first place and all will be right with the world again? Never mind the fact that if it were not for the Obama administration and the Fed's quick actions in the early days of this crisis we'd be looking at >25% unemployment instead of 10%. Save your lies for your family on this day Mr. Pence and leave the nation be for once!

    November 26, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  20. Mlhall

    Obama do not need you to tell him how to run these US. When you run and win in 2012, you may use your own advice, I don’t thank you will win. You and a lot of other people have so much advice but none of you can fix the mess we are in all you can do is complaint about what Obama is not doing, if the man could walk on water you would be there to say you should have swim. If it was that easy to fix Bush would have fix it. It did not get mess up yesterday and it will not get fix tomorrow. So save your advice, if this is the same advice you gave Bush no wonder we are in a mess.

    November 26, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  21. FactCheck

    Things were so much better in 2006, when the President was lining the pockets of important institutions like Blackwater and Halliburton rather than wasting it on nonsense like healthcare, infrastructure and medical research.

    November 26, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  22. Rita

    Same old Gop speeches, but no knew ideas! If we hadn't spent this money our country would be headed quickly into a depression! We all remember that it was Bush who hadn't given the troops the saving life equipment for the war; so who supports the troops again? The Republicans will not see the inside of the White House again anytime soon, including 2012 they can go on kidding themselves but we won't forget who got us into this mess. Americans don't have to rely on their memories we have information tools at our finger tips. Bring on the teabaggers, They all voted last year and as I recall they lost and they will loose again.

    November 26, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  23. Allen in Hartwell GA

    Given the history of the GOP from 1994 until the 2008 presidential election, Rep. Pence should keep his mouth shut unless it is to say something good or helpful. The GOP is mostly responsible for the situations we are facing as a nation on this Thanksgiving Day, and because of them we have very little to be thankful for!

    November 26, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  24. CAW in MD

    So here we have an illustration of the stark differences between the Democrats and the Republicans. Democrats in their message acknowledge the difficulties we are currently experiencing, but offer a message of hope for better tomorrows. The Republicans offer nothing but criticism and whining.

    Is it any wonder that people trust Obama more than the Republicans to get them out of this time of trouble?

    November 26, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |

    The jobs left when the BUSH sold out to CHINA – the GOP and right wing nuts are so stupid if the think that the majority of americans beleive that they are going to save the country.

    OBAMA is only trying to repair the damage caused by their 8 years of fiscal conservative policies that sold the country out to china and india. CNN is clearly spending more time kissing the GOP ass then reporting on the facts. If you think the 20 million who showed up at the kkk tea party rallys are the majority then I gues the remaining 235,000 simply do not matter.

    November 26, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
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