May 14th, 2010
06:26 PM ET
13 years ago

Pence: 'We will not restore this nation with public policy alone'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Rep. Pence frequently describes himself as 'a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican – in that order.'"]
(CNN) – Speaking to a largely conservative audience, a Republican lawmaker said Friday that the country has been experiencing a moral crisis in addition to the economic crisis that began on Wall Street in late 2008.

Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana gave an impassioned address to the National Rifle Association's annual meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina. Pence, who frequently describes himself as "a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican – in that order," said the GOP has been down on its luck in the wake of President Obama's historic election.

But Pence claimed that, in the last year, his party had experienced a reawakening. As evidence, he cited conservative protests against the president's policies and recent Republican victories in Virginia, New Jersey, and Massachusetts.

Pence said that his party lost its way on the issue of fiscal discipline during the Bush administration. But told the gun rights supporters, "My party – Republicans in Congress – we're back in the fight and we're back in the fight on the right."

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Pence also said that fixing the country's financial problems and retaking the reins of power in Washington would not be enough to fix, what he sees, as the nation's ills.

"…A vision for a better America will also recognize that our present crisis is not merely economic and political but moral in nature.

"At the root of these times, should be a realization that people in positions of authority have walked away from the timeless truths of honesty and integrity, an honest day's work for an honest day's pay, and the simple idea that a person ought to treat the other person the way they want to be treated," Pence said.

And as he claimed that the country is headed in the wrong under the president, Pence talked about putting the country on a different track.

"We will not restore this nation with public policy alone. It will require public virtue and that emanates from our most cherished institutions: family and religion.

"To renew this nation, we must renew the institutions that strengthen her character. We must stand for the sanctity of life, the sanctity of marriage and the vital importance of religion in our everyday lives."

Pence also used his remarks to question whether Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan would sufficiently adhere to the Constitution. And Pence promised the conservative activists that House Republicans would not rest until they succeeded in repealing the recently enacted health care bill.

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  1. Jake

    Which religion you got in mind, Mr. Pence, yours alone? Your moral arrogance is immoral.

    May 14, 2010 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  2. JMikey54

    I think that the morals of our country are just fine. I hope that the prudes of the world who would force people to live by their standards can go jump in the lake.

    May 14, 2010 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  3. RickN

    Here we go again. Republicans using the social wedge issues. They won't be happy until they've shoved christianity down everyones' throats. They're the biggest danger this country faces.

    May 14, 2010 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  4. Darth Vadik, CA

    Hey Pence, did you clear this with your overlords first???
    I think big business might say otherwise, but then again they probably gave you a script to read anyway.

    I think we have seen enough of how the New Republicans (post Goldwater) do in office, and from the bottom of my LIBERAL heart....

    ...go talk your crap to someone who has been in the cave for the past 30 years, maybe they will believe you.

    May 14, 2010 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  5. DENNA

    Republicans would not know what a moral is if it rose up and bit them. How dare you think that only Conservatives have morals. Actually, from the various missteps certain conservatives superstarts, like Mark Sanford, for example I would say you people are as mortal as Liberals. You're not better than anyone else; you just think you are. Seriously, if I had the choice of an illegal alien or a conservative for a neighbor, I'd take the illegal alien.

    May 14, 2010 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  6. Tom-Vermillion, Ohio

    "a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican – in that order." Three excellent reasons NOT to give this clown any credibility in anything he says or represents. We have way too many "real" problems to solve and we don't need his kind of "help". Isn't this "morality problem", a problem primarily on his side of the court? I think so.

    May 14, 2010 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  7. ThinkAgain

    "To renew this nation, we must renew the institutions that strengthen her character. We must stand for the sanctity of life, the sanctity of marriage and the vital importance of religion in our everyday lives."

    Pence wants to establish a fundamentalist Christian theocracy, one in which the wealth of our nation is in the hands of a few families, while religious police keep the improverished masses in line.

    He should move to Saudi Arabia – because that's what he wants for our country.

    Make no mistake, folks – people like Pence are out to destroy our country, all in the name of their god and money.

    May 14, 2010 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  8. normajean

    Mike Pence speaks of "treating the other person the way they wanted to be treated",." an honest day's work for an honest day's pay". Seriously is this what our country has been getting from the Republicans since the administration changed? Even now he is talking about repealing the health care bill which incidentally,is intended to benefit Republican citizens as well as Democrats. If one loses, so does the other. Does this make sense to you? It doesn't to me. What has YOUR party done for you lately?

    May 14, 2010 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  9. Really?

    How about calling yourself an American first?!?

    Christian-Right pinheads!

    May 14, 2010 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  10. Avram Baskin

    So what Mike Pence is saying is, when the Republicans controlled Congress for almost 20 years, the last six under a Republican president, they ran up record high budget deficits, larded on record levels of pork, not to mention running the economy into the ground, but they're sorry now and won't do it again. Surrrrrrre they won't.

    May 14, 2010 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  11. Georgia

    The top of his list should be MORON!

    He – like the rest of the Christian Conservatives – has No Compassion for the Middle Class Americans that are his real constituents. He ONLY caters to the Rich and Major Corporations – because that is where he gets all of his income.

    That doesn't sound like a true Christian. That isn't what Jesus taught his people. Then again – the one's that trumpet their "Christianity" (I am Christian by the way) the most don't practice Christ's actual teachings.

    May 14, 2010 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  12. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, NC

    "...a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican – in that order,"

    "...our most cherished institutions: family and religion."

    That's the trouble with the modern Republican Party, the neo-cons–their religion drives their politics and there are a lot of people who not only disagree with their religion, there are those of us who haven't much use for religions in general.

    It is utterly, thoroughly, completely, inappropriate for these people to try to back-door Christianity into a country where it's guaranteed that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion," by promoting laws based on the tenets of their religion.

    May 14, 2010 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  13. Susan

    Yada, yada, yada.......more Republican't yapping - all talk and no action!

    May 14, 2010 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  14. GI Joe

    Such a pretty boy, but so bigoted and stuck on one or two issues – not the many many issues of a diverse nation.

    Terribly terribly paranoid (like Palin).

    May 14, 2010 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  15. Liz the First

    How pathetic to hear a republican talking about America having a moral crisis. most of the immorality is coming from them! lying to the American people to terrorize them into voting for them. usurping the presidency, putting some of the most evil people in positions of power, Cheney, etc. affairs, closeted gay congressmen spewing anti-gay hate rhetoric. and then there's the unholy alliance of big business and legislators that keeps real reform from happening and allows disasters like the financial meltdown and the oil spill in the gulf. i see nothing moral about these lying hypocrites. their 'morality' consists mostly of 'do as i say, not as i do.' they don't even understand the concept of hypocrisy. they need to clean up their own houses before calling anyone else out for immorality. no, Democrats aren't perfect, we have a few lowlifes and louses, too. but we don't bill ourselves as God's Own Party!

    May 14, 2010 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  16. vwrtb

    We will not restore this nation with any republican policy period! Vote no to the party of NO in NOvember baby! Let the dems clean it up and let the republicans tear it down...

    May 14, 2010 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  17. Pkm

    If the gop would stop cheating people make money off the middle class may be the gop would see the light

    May 14, 2010 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  18. Aaron

    It's a good thing that he and his croonies had enough money to pay the protesters.

    May 14, 2010 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  19. Phillydan

    Here we go again. Morality and religion. What we don't need is people like you. Sounds like you are a Taliban Mr. Pence. That is exactly what they want as well to control people's morals and religion. Stick it where the sun don't shine. Another dumb Repub. Well stick this in you pipe and have a good smoke. The company is on the right track with the greatest President since JFK. Keep your religion and morals to yourself.

    I live a good life and I don't want a moron like you trying to take control.

    May 14, 2010 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  20. bennie raingirl2

    If Pence is not in favor and seriously determine to prevent another amnesty he can be considered safe but if he is just another bag of hot air like the rest of the liars who use their promise as a tool to get votes he will get the boot. we are doing our home work this time party labels mean nothing so if he is a fake it won't work this time we are looking for congressional men /women who will listen and hear the people and do the will of the people to that end we the people do not want another amnesty ever. we don't want a reduction in immigration levels we want them to get out of this country and never be allow re entry because they broke our laws and drained this country financially morally and disrupted the good will of the people who prides themselves on welcoming legal immigrants. we are tired of double talk about immigrants we don't want any illegal aliens immigrants who come in moderation are welcome we don't want an invasion of anyone during this serious time of economic devastation.

    May 14, 2010 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  21. vwrtb

    This guy is about to get caught with a mistress or a male escort.... Republicans are HYPOCRITES!

    May 15, 2010 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
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