October 1st, 2010
03:06 PM ET
12 years ago

Pence: 'Our social and cultural fabric is unraveling'

Washington (CNN) - Aides to Indiana GOP Rep. Mike Pence haven't been shy about stirring up presidential buzz about their boss, especially after his victory last month in the Values Voters Summit 2012 straw poll.

Now Pence is heading to Des Moines on Saturday to address the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition - his second trip to the first-in-the-nation caucus state this cycle - and his office has released excerpts of his speech, an overture to both fiscal and social conservatives.

"These are serious times," Pence will say, according to the prepared remarks. "A nation conceived in liberty has come of age in bondage to big government. We've lost respect to the world. We are going broke. And our social and cultural fabric is unraveling. People are scared."

Read excerpts from Pence's prepared remarks after the jump:

Iowa Christian Alliance president Steve Scheffler told CNN Friday that Pence earned high marks from conservative activists during the Bush adminstration for "not playing the same old go-along-to-get-along game" that turned off the GOP base in 2006 and 2008.

Scheffler said Pence's September 17 speech at the Values Voters Summit, in which he urged Republicans not to abandon their moral compass even in a time of economic crisis, "touched all the high points" that GOP caucus-goers like to hear.

"If he touches all the similar points here, people will be impressed," he said. "I think if he does decide to run for president he will certainly have a good hearing here in Iowa - if he continues to do the things that he's done in the past."

Scheffler said more than 600 people are expected at Saturday's event.

Excerpts from Pence's prepared remarks to the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition:

"Even Republicans in Congress are getting back to fiscal discipline and reform. Let's be honest, four years ago Republicans in Congress didn't just lose their majority, they lost their way. When I opposed No Child Left Behind, when I opposed the Medicare prescription drug bill, and when I opposed the Wall Street bailout, I knew that if we kept acting like big government liberals, the American people were eventually going to go with the professionals. And they did.

"The truth is our party in Congress walked away from the principles that minted our national governing majority and the American people walked away from us.


"These are serious times. A nation conceived in liberty has come of age in bondage to big government. We've lost respect to the world. We are going broke. And our social and cultural fabric is unraveling. People are scared.

"In the face of their failed leadership, our party must have the courage to produce a vision for a better America that will return our national government to the common sense and common values of everyday Americans.


"Finally, a vision for a better America must recognize that our present crisis is not merely economic and political, but moral in nature. At the root of these times should be the realization that people in positions of authority have walked away from the timeless truths of honesty, integrity, an honest day's work for an honest day's pay and the simple notion that you ought to treat the other guy the way you want to be treated. We will not restore this nation with public policy alone. It will require public virtue, and that emanates from the traditional institutions of our nation – life, family and religion."

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  1. Dean

    The government now supports over 40% of the country. I fear what will happen when the number hits 50% and we become a permanent welfare state. Who is going to support us? The rich will all move themselves and their money elsewhere.

    October 1, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  2. roro

    Well, if the rest of us follow the lead of some of our elected officials, we'd be getting caught with prostitutes – male and female – going to other continents to visit our lovers, bedding people who work for us and having our parents pay off their spouses, etc...etc... And all this coming from the HYPOCRITES who call themselves the "religious right" with their "family values". We, the ones who actually HAVE family values, are not unraveliing our society – THEY ARE!!

    October 1, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  3. Dean

    And to Al – Northern Virginia......If we are going to remain in a global economy get used to 10% or higher unemployment.

    October 1, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  4. gt

    anybody is better than the garbage were getting form these left wing nuts who have bankrupt this country moral and finical

    October 1, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  5. Hugo

    I posted at 4:26 and called you a "libtard blog army". Does that make you libtard Dims mad? Does it upset you that I want to have power over you? Do I scare you enough to make you call five friends and implore them to vote for the progressive – liberal – anti Wall Street – Pro-consumer – Pro Middle class candidate?

    Vote or I will continue to mock you as weak libtards

    October 1, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  6. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but...

    What the tea party folks and, in fact, most other Americans fail to realize is that unchecked global capitalism is the root cause of every single one of the problems that confront us today. Think about it. No real job growth for the past decade. Increased income disparity. Environmental degradation. Wars over resources (Surprise, surprise, surprise: Yemen has oodles of natural gas and a brand new gas liquification plant, so suddenly, we find "terrorists" there). Wait till the water starts running out. Factual news has been replaced with narrowly focused opinion and inuendo. Terrorism is a response to global neo-colonialism and severe global inequality. Failure on our government's part to reform anything is due to huge corporate donations to our congress critters. The Democrats and Republicans are no different. Their main task is to maintain the status quo so that the economic elite get theirs while the rest suffer. The illusion that there are two different ideologies vying for control is maintained to keep us divided and hateful toward eachother and distract us from who's really pulling the puppet strings. Single-payer healthcare, for example, would help everyone from the man on the street to business owners who would have the burden of providing benefits to their employees removed. And it would reduce the deficit. But, once again, the corporate propaganda machine has terrified the ignorant masses with a socialist boogie-man scenario, so once again the average American votes against his or her best interest. I have not yet seen the CBO do a cost-benefit analysis of single-payer, have you? They are afraid of what it would show. It's frightening, really. We are ruled by money junkies. I take comfort in two facts. First, there is not much left to steal from the poor and working class, so the elite have begun eating eachother (why were some companies bailed out and others allowed to fail last year?) Second, such a system is unsustainable as more have-nots are created. Global capitalism will eat itself. Have a nice day!

    October 1, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  7. Oy Vey Az

    You know, Ecuador's President ran into and angry mob of policemen who were misinformed about a piece of legislation. It took the Army to rescue the President from the police. Come to find out the police were misinformed by a political opponent of the president, and that's when the situation became deadly.

    What do we think will happen in the US when political opponents twist the truth and gain support from armed groups ?

    Sure seems like we are becoming one of those countries Americans describe as "third world".

    October 1, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  8. Anni

    The social fabric that is unravelring – white men no longer control everything. The old white men will do and say anything in a desperate attempt to hold onto power.

    October 1, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    I totally agree with mr Pence – but not for the reasons Ricksatr sights. Under Republican leadership we became hated around the world. Our social morals have decayed to the point where people now openly ridicule and harrass poeple that are not like them- this is usually a conservatives picking on minorities and gays or members on non Christian religions or foreigners. Freedom Fries- really?
    The reason our country does not resemble what our founding fathers envisioned is because we do not live in 1776. The envisioned people working to gether in our Congress, not a pary of NO there just waiting for an election. I know Republicans and Tea Partiers wan tto live like its 1950, but if we go back to those days and tkae away civil rights , medicare and other "socialist" laws, then they have to accept a tax rate that topped out at 90% under Eisnehower.
    they think that going backward will help. Maybe, but be prepared for Polio, TB, and other deseases now under control from government funding for research. Forget TV as you knowit- the laws back then would never tolerate the garbage we have under free speech and there would be the Haye commission back in control.

    October 1, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  10. Blah

    "...I remember picking up the bright pieces of christ in the faces of rodents..." - Plath

    October 1, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  11. John

    I'm from INDIANA and i wouldn't vote for MIKE PENCE for anything,and I'm trier OF these REPUBLICAN playing the AMERICA people as idiot. The REPUBLICAN are the one that got us in mess we are in now,8years of Bush and fighting in Iraq that didn't need to be therein the first place. And the trillions of dollars for fighting there and rebuilding Iraq. Now they are trying too tell the AMERICA people too lets them in control of the house and senate I think it time we said NO too them. VOTE NO FOR THE PARTY OF NO IN NOV.

    October 1, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  12. ThinkAgain

    How is our society unravelling? Because there's a Black man in the White House who saved our country from another Great Depression brought on by the short-sighted, selfish greed of all the white men who've been running things for the last 30 years?

    And in answer to your question, I'm white.

    October 1, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  13. ThinkAgain

    "Consider what they have orchestrated in their never ending legislation, what doctor you can see, what light bulb you can use, who you must hire....If you give them your freedoms of choice, you will never regain them without the shed of blood!"

    To the doh-doh who wrote this: Health care reform doesn't tell you what doctor you can see; it gives you choice beyond the doctor your current insurance company tells you to see.

    Tell me again the name of the legislation that specifies lightbulbs to use and who you can hire?

    And if you're so hankering for a fight, why don't you try living in a country where there's no effective rule of law, where the economy is dog-eat-dog and infrastructure just another day dream.

    October 1, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  14. JonDeth

    Pence is right, our social and cultural fabric has unraveled. What he fails to mention is the fact that it was his party that unraveled it. Until the GOP takes responsibility for their role in the destruction they have caused this nation and start stepping up to repair the damage they have done, they will always be on the wrong side of the truth, justice, and the American way.

    October 1, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  15. a health economist

    @ 33 Days until Socialism dies in the United States,

    Did you know some of the highest taxes this nation has ever had were during the 50's and early 60's where the highest bracket was 90% and higher? It was during this time, and up to the 70's, that was considered to be the "golden era of US Capitalism". Based on your posts they sounded like socialists.

    And FYI, even if the Democrats lose in a landslide and "socialism ends" as a result it won't happen the day of the election. The newly elected politicians won't go into office immediately and thus won't be able to "end socialism" 33 days from now. Just thought I'd mention that.

    October 1, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  16. jim

    from an american, all I can say is AMERICA SUCKS !!!!

    October 1, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
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