[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.