November 26th, 2009
11:10 AM ET
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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. James Brooklyn N.Y.

    Yet another Republican slamming others for what they did and offer no solution nor take any responsibility for the eight years of reckless spending and big business rewards.

    November 26, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  2. C Spurgeon

    Such a thoughtful loving message on Thanksgiving day. Just another day of hate for the Republicans. UGH!

    November 26, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  3. Death Panel Sarah

    Why weren't the reptili'cons' concerned about the economy 2 years ago, when this whole mess might have been averted, or at least mitigated somewhat?

    November 26, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  4. Abe

    This is a day w all should celebrate for what we have and hope things will get better soon. We know the economy is not were it needs to be, unemployment is high and we hav a lot of people out of work. It is a day to be thankful and not a day to critcize the president for trying to fix our ills. Republicans are very forgetful who got us to this mess in the first hand. They should stop to undermine the presidents efforts and give him some praise for trying. I do not see and effort by the republicans to try and fix the ecnomoy or come up with there own idea to pass a health care program. There idea of the Tea Party rallies is a sham and is just intended to degrade our president and injecting the wrong message. So I say to Rep. Mike Pence is to stop criticizing and if he has a cure for the economy is to spit it out. Mr. Penn has to realize that the health care insurance he has was given to him by the people that voted for him. That is a privilage. So think back that the people that voted for you some of them might not have a health insurance. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

    November 26, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  5. Arlene, Illinois

    Am I wrong or didn't we lose over 4000 soldiers in George
    Bush's war in Iraq?

    November 26, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  6. noneofyourbusiness

    This is a man who ran for the leadership position in the House Republican caucus in 2006 and lost to ever-tan Boehner by 168-27-1. His own party won't support his extremist views, so who cares when he bashes Obama. He's been in the House since 2001 and drove the economy here by backing Bush ALL THE TIME. Hypocritcal, reactionary, religious zealot!

    November 26, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  7. carlos, THAT one

    and now, the repugnants CARE ABOUT us ??? and about our Armed Forces?? they are so sick......AMERICA don't believe anything that comes out of these evil's mouths...... mindless SOB's

    November 26, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |

    It seems as if Mr. Pence and the rest of the Republican Party believe that they have a "plan" to help the economy and cut the unemployment figures. All they seem to know is to continue to cut taxes on the wealthiest Americans and protect the status quo of big business and Wall Street. If they would only realize that it was these conditions that was created by the Bush Administration that has put us in the position we are in.

    November 26, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  9. once upon a horse

    typical GOP response......WAAH! but no answers themselves.

    November 26, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  10. raz

    Interesting how all of the previously cowering Republicans (under Bush) can't wait to jump on the anti Obama bandwagon to complain about the economy, the war, jobs,etc. Just maybe that bandwagon is masquarading as a bunch of lemings walking toward the cliff of responsibility.

    November 26, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  11. R.B.

    Many are asking why the GOP Party of NO is missing in action when it comes to taking any sort of meaningful action to support our country during this diffcult time. Many are asking why the GOP has turned into a cult. Many are asking why the GOP has so many fringe elements.

    November 26, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  12. RAG

    Thank GOD for President Obama!

    After 8 years of incompetence by the two drunks Cheney (shoots freind in face on a salted hunt and hides 'till sober before reporting it, drunk on CNBC interview lying about Iraqi links to Al Qaida) and his puppet Shrub (drunk at Olympics, ""The Prezel Incident"), the American republic has been reestablished!

    November 26, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  13. D. Tree

    Many are asking: Why are Republicans always criticizing, while offering NOTHING new?? The GOP has no new ideas, and their old ones failed. So nothing left but to try and scare people.

    November 26, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  14. MishaJohn

    Real classy. The GOP can't give the vitriol and hate a rest for just one day? Yuck.

    November 26, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  15. m jeff

    Things will get better when his Republican friends stop exploiting cheap labor, and poor Countries, and stop sending jobs overseas.

    November 26, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  16. Death Panel Sarah

    Hey Mike Pence..... Where are the solutions???

    November 26, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  17. duckunder

    Yah, Yah, Yah. Where was he when Bush was digging the hole we're in now. Glad he's woke up and got all the answers now. NOT!

    November 26, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  18. Elizabeth Ludwig

    Yes this country has much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, beginning with the fact that we have a thinking president in the WH, and that the Republican party and president who led the country to two wars and economic turmoil are out of power in DC. Rep. Pence's comments only underline the the depths that Republicans will go to continue to derail America – instead of helping the president, they can only deride and say no. Where were the nos when they were getting us into this mess? Where was the call for fiscal restraint when they started two wars, yet cut taxes? Who did they think was going to pay for those wars? I'm not pleased with everything President Obama has done (or not done), but I give him credit for trying. Certainly can't say the same for Congress.

    November 26, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  19. LouAz

    Duh ? I read this "news report" three times. Just where is (" Mike Pence laid out the party's prescription for economic growth") the Flat Earth Party prescription for economic growth ? Did you somehow leave that part out ? You included all the pure political griping about Obama and the Dems. Where is the rest of the story that America has been waiting for ?

    November 26, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  20. LenSmith

    Pence needs to get real as things are getting better each day and this administration has done a lot for this country. Remember the deficits were started by Reagan and continued under each Republican administration and some of Clinton, but he left the country with a surplus, only to be given away by another Republican and those numbers you see now are as a result of of a Republican administration and congress. They, hopefully, will get better with the leadership of a great President that I think Obama will be.

    November 26, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  21. catmom

    So, Republicans couldn't take just one day off from bashing President Obama? They couldn't just deliver a positive message of hope for the American people? They actually think that the constant negativity and bashing of President Obama is doing something good for our country?I suppose not, it does however go along with their wish that our country and President fails. How's that for an uplifting Thanksgiving message.

    November 26, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Republicans like to dish out the criticism but fail to take any responsibility for creating the recession they now criticize. Don't worry Pence we will get it done if you get out of our way.

    November 26, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  23. Reagan was wrong

    More empty rhetoric from a leaderless party devoid of ideas.


    November 26, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  24. Richard Komi

    Those who are critizing Obama should realize that he is less than one year in office. And we should also know that the loss of jobs did not start under Obama and the huge deficit did not begin with Obama. Today the GOP wants to blame Obama for everything that was messed up by Bush eight years ago.

    November 26, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  25. bobmr

    Yes Mr. Pence we know your concern when your leader is out on $30,000 dollar golf outings.

    November 26, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
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