February 19th, 2010
12:41 PM ET
13 years ago

Pence embraces 'No'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/02/19/art.pence.file.gi.jpg caption="Indiana Rep. Mike Pence made no apologies Friday for trying to stop President Obama's agenda in Congress."]Washington (CNN) - Indiana Rep. Mike Pence made no apologies Friday for trying to stop President Obama's agenda in Congress, telling conservative activists he proudly wears the "Party of No" label that Democrats have tried to pin on Republicans.

"Some folks like to call us the 'Party of No,' Pence said during his speech before the Conservative Political Action Conference. "Well, I say 'No' is way underrated here in Washington, D.C. Sometimes 'No' is just what this town needs to hear."

Pence, a potential 2012 presidential candidate, used the address to this influential bloc of GOP base voters to further promote his conservative credentials and sharply criticize the president and the congressional Democratic majority.

And Pence, who serves as chairman of the House Republican Conference, predicted that the GOP would reclaim the House majority in November and the White House in 2012.

"Welcome to the conservative comeback and the beginning of the end of the Pelosi Congress," Pence said to applause.

The Indiana congressman is one of several Republicans said to be eyeing a White House bid who addressed the meeting. Mitt Romney spoke on Thursday, the opening day of this three-day conference and Tim Pawlenty preceded Pence on Friday morning. Later in the afternoon, Ron Paul will deliver remarks and on Saturday Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich will appear at the conference.

Filed under: CPAC • Mike Pence
soundoff (180 Responses)
  1. Todd

    He got it wrong, of course. Conservatives and the GOP aren't "the party of no," they're the Do Nothing Party. Over the past decade they've made it clear over and over again that they don't think they or America have the ability to solve problems.

    So when they say "no" to healthcare reform, it's really no surprise. They think leaving things screwed up is always better than trying to fix them.

    February 19, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  2. Mike in MN

    Democrats should be a lot more concerned that voters are saying NO to the very same things the Republicans are.
    The election in 2008 gave Democrats a filibuster proof Congress and the White House to do whatever they wanted. And so far just about everything they have done or are trying to do, a majority of voters have said NO to.
    The so called mandate Democrats got from voters in the 2008 election is only good as long as the voters support what they are doing. That has long past come and gone and if the 2010 election was held today, the Democrats would be routed and thrown out on their butts.
    On major issues Obama and Democrats have been doing nothing but saying NO to the will of the people since they defied a majority of voters and passed the stimulus. Followed by cap and trade and health care reform and auto bailouts and more.
    Unless Obama and the Democrats start doing somethings the people actually like between now and November, they are toast. And I don't see how they will make that happen when Obama and the Democrats dismiss the majority of voters who are saying NO by saying they just are not smart enough to get it.

    February 19, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  3. Deb (Long Island)

    Well Mike if ever I had to vote for you or back you the answer would be NO...and that I would display proudly. Shame on you for being proud of standing in the way of creating and reforming policies. Shame on you for being proud to take our taxpayer money and not deliver to your constituents. Shame on you, for having great health care coverage while over 30 million of your fellow americans don't. So America, please proudly shout NO to Mike Pence!

    February 19, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  4. Bridget

    Whiner. He just proves everyone's point that the GOP wants America to fail. Why does Mr. Pence hate America?

    February 19, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  5. No More Incumbents

    I couldn't agree more. Vote NO to all incumbents.

    February 19, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
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