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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soundoff (66 Responses)
  1. diridi

    I do not know as to who is voting for this idiot. Bunch of junk and have no brain. Every thing he says, has no sense, no coordination. GOP thugs are like this I guess....to ruin the nation.....

    October 1, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  2. Bill

    Fear Scare Fear!! Keep going.

    October 1, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  3. Republicans is smart in the head area

    " We've lost respect to the world. We are going broke. And our social and cultural fabric is unraveling. People are scared." All of which is the result of your party and your former President. Lost your way, my tuckus. You people lost your minds – see Iraq, WMDs in.

    October 1, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  4. Santa Fean

    OK. Another politician who won't admit bondage to CORPORATE rulers.

    October 1, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  5. 33 Days until Socialism dies in the United States

    Conservative values is what built this country and is what will save it from the liberal/progressive/communist values trying to take it over and destroy it. Values of self reliance, hard work, family and personal freedom. Liberal values of government dependence, control and oppressive taxation are dstroying the country.

    October 1, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  6. Vic of New York

    I couldn't agree more with Pence – about our social fabric unraveling, that is. As to the cause, this Conservative BOOB IS THE CAUSE. Forcing raped women and victims of incest to have their attackers babies put Pence in the camp of the Ayatollah!

    October 1, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  7. Lando

    Dream on Pence...

    October 1, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  8. a in austin

    And we Americans are still climbing out of the hole you and yours created. You, sir, are no Christian.

    October 1, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  9. Matt

    We're well aware that society is unraveling, Mike. We're just hoping that people like you and your teabagger buddies stop PULLING THE STRING with race-baiting, Islamophobia, homophobia and ancient mythology before everything falls apart.

    October 1, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  10. Danny Cali

    Is true the world scared American because your BOSS G.W.B, Dick and your Republican don't like them.

    October 1, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  11. Matt

    Please, conservatives. Help all of us understand how this makes any sense, because you have made the argument ever since you got obliterated in '08 and no one can actually fill the hole in this logic. The Republican party was too liberal so America abandoned them and went with the more liberal guy??? How does that make any sense? It's obvious, America wants candidates closest to the center (moderate Dems or Repubs). I guarentee if someone like a Scott Brown, or Olympia Snowe had run against Obama, they'd have a much better chance than a ticket with whacko Palin. Everyone, dump your far right and left candidates and let's fill our gov't with moderates.

    October 1, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  12. james

    That speech is republican short hand for " no more social security, no more veterans benefits, lower wages, longer work hours, and, my way or the highway." We want to make damn sure our heads are screwed on tight this novwember.

    October 1, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  13. anagram_kid

    Here is the point that those who complain that their social/culture fabric is being lost. How do they think their grandparents would view their (the complainer’s) culture? Men not wearing hats, women wearing pants and working outside the home. Not eating a home made meal every night at the dinner table. Women having control of their own money and making their own decisions? Only going to church on Sundays or in some cases not at all? And then compare that to the generations that proceeded their grandparents! Culture evolves, and all the complaining in the world is not going to take us backwards. In the end what they really want is to return to the day where being a white protestant male was the first step to success. All others were just expected to accept their lot in life.

    October 1, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  14. anagram_kid

    Anyone who wants to return to living in the state of culture, medicine, technology and economy that our founding fathers lived in is welcome to it. After all plenty exist today – I believe they are called compounds. Now the problem these groups ultimately face is that they usually have zero interest in liberty, but are more interested in oppression. Odd how it frequently turns out that way…

    October 1, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  15. rdepontb

    Oh, Mr. Pence, how brave it is to jump on a seeming winning team and off of an obviously losing one!

    The Republicans had two full Cheney-Bush administrations to straighten themselves out. Instead, well, we all know the intractable wars, the big business in bed with government, the loss of so much national spirit. You, sir, were there for all of that. your comeback after the Obama win was to decide to round up your team and insist that no one play at all. Your team has been rude in the hallowed halls of Congress, you have disrespected the Office of the President at every opportunity-even in times of national sorrow, times of war, and times of celebration. What is wrong with you?? You and yours should decide who is the best builder among you, replace those who's time has come and gone, and get on with it. You can stay, but we both know of too many-yes, on both sides-who need to hang it up before the country is on a course of irreversible momentum.

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

    Getting back to God will definitely help us compete in a new and technologically advanced world that's dominated by engineers and technicians with years of schooling under their belt. Right-wing morons will be the death of this country, and they'll blame others the whole time the ship is sinking.

    October 1, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  17. T

    Like Charlie Brown's teacher. WAWAA WA WAA tax cuts. WAWAA WA WAA socialist. WAWAA WA WAA return to white people(oops traditional) values. WAA WA WAA fear, fear, and more fear.

    October 1, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  18. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    Oh so now Mike you are calling the Republican Establishment that ran Congress from '94 – '06 Liberals? What about George Bush? Oh don't tell me that Bush too was a "Liberal" This is such a load of junk – I can't believe people actually take the Republicans seriously. Pence you're a lousy salesman. All I hear out of your mouth is more of the same FEAR-MONGERING garbage that Newt and your other henchmen spout.

    October 1, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  19. Al - Northern Virginia

    I see Pence and Boehner on the Sunday talk shows often. Neither one of them can tell what the republicans will DO DIFFERENTLY if elected into power from what they failed at doing from 2000-2008. This republican party is lost and has no forward thinking or can get with modern times. We are in a GLOBAL ECONOMY. The foundation of a stronger America will be through investment in new industries, technology and education. Our students do horrible in the disciplines that you need to succeed in these new investments, math and science. No republican talks about that. All they spout is "lower taxes"! If there is no work to be done, we will not have to worry about taxes!!!! Morons!

    October 1, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  20. Hugo

    I hope this guy runs for President...America is growing very weary of our Mau Mau in Chief. The great Uniter continuing his attempt to divide America along economic and racial lines. Look at his recent speeches referencing slavery, look at his view on taxes where he establishes what rich is...$250,000/yr? Read the posts on here and look at the racial animosity and wealth envy reflected in them. This is America, if you work hard to be the best you can get there. If you want some jackass like Obama to tell you what you can have and what you can be then Vote Democrat, if you want to be free to do for yourself then vote Republican. 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!

    October 1, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  21. jim

    Not to worry. The GURU in the W.H. will tell us what we're doing wrong and how and what we need to do to repair our country. If somehow he turns out to be wrong that's ok,he'll blame it all on Bush.

    October 1, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  22. Rickster

    Pence is right on the money. This is not the country that our Founding Fathers envisioned. This country became the greatest nation that the world had ever known because of hard work, personal accountability, capitalism and small government. Now the country is floundering. Why? Because of democrat policies for the past 60 years that have turned us into a welfare nation.

    October 1, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  23. Hugo

    Wow the libtard blog army is hard at work today.

    October 1, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  24. Dean

    I'll bet all the whiners in here are the ones who have handicapped stickers because they are too fat or lazy to walk across the parking lot or are the ones in the 10 items or less checkout with a buggy overflowing with items.
    You can have science, medicine, technology and modern finances and also have integrity and honesty and respect for your fellow man.

    October 1, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  25. Marge

    It sure is the republicans and their actions prove that to us every day. They couldn't act like normal human beings, Pence included, if they were even close to being the Christians they pretend to be.

    October 1, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
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