Sunday, April 11, 2010

Highlights from Rep. Mike Pence's Speech at SRLC

I finally got around to watching the Mike Pence speech that everyone posted yesterday.  You can watch it here.

Don't have time to watch all of it?  Here are some highlights:

"Let's be honest - three years ago Republicans in Congress didn't just lose their majority, they lost their way."

"After a year that saw every single House Republican vote against that failed stimulus bill, and every single House Republican vote against that budget busting budget, and every single House Republican vote against that government takeover of health care, Republicans are back in the fight and they're back in the fight on the right!"

"Democrats might have had their way on the third Sunday in March but Republicans will have their way on the first Tuesday in November."

"House Republicans will not rest until we have repealed that government takeover of health care lock, stock, and barrel!" 

To Obama's taunt of "Go for it" with regard to repealing Obamacare, Pence says, "Count on it."  He touts tort reform and portability of policies across state lines.  He says repeal is a two-step process:  first get rid of the Pelosi administration.

"We cannot rest, we cannot relent, until we win back the Congress for the American people.  So how do we do it?...We've got to stay focused.  Distraction is the enemy of success...we've got to resist the temptation to look past the next election."  Pence sees election day 2010 as the next focus and battle for Republicans.  "We must  campaign as conservatives" he says.  "We don't need a Republican majority on Capitol Hill.  We need a Conservative majority on Capitol Hill."

"The job of the American president is not to manage American decline, the job of the American president is to reverse it!"

"Defending the nation means keeping all of our options on the table to deter our enemies and protect our friends, including nuclear weapons.  History teaches that weakness arouses evil."

Pence says KSM should not be tried in civilian courts but at Guantanamo Bay "where they belong" which received a huge round of applause.  He then moved on to discussion of Israel saying he never thought he'd see the day when an American administration denounced Israel's rebuilding of Jerusalem and said that America stands with Israel.  More applause followed by a long "U.S.A.!" chant.

Pence says a better America means restoring true fiscal responsibility in American government.  The nation's fiscal path is simply unsustainable and requires serious revamping at this point.  The time has come has to limit federal spending to 20% of the nation's economy, he says, with a Constitutional amendment if necessary.  He also spoke of the lack of incentive to build and create in America which is what originally made America great. 

Pence says that our current crisis is not just economic and political but moral.  We've ignored time honored principles of honesty and integrity.  We've lost sight of the fact that you should treat the other guy the way you want to be treated.  We must renew our commitment to family and faith.  He says it's wrong to take the tax dollars of millions of pro-life Americans and use it to fund abortions here at home and abroad.  Pence calls for the end of federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

In closing he says, Stay focused,  Elect a conservative Congress. 

It was a barn burner speech and really inspiring!  Is Pence on anybody's list for 2012?!


SWAC Girl said...

Pat, I talked with a friend Saturday who was at the conference and heard the speech. She was extremely enthusiastic about his remarks and also suggested he may be someone to consider for 2012's presidential race. Thanks for posting this.

The Oracle said...

Indiana has two conservative giants ready to play major national roles - Mike Pence and Gov. Mitch Daniels.

Bob Belvedere said...

Linked to at:
And So It Goes In Shreveport...Again

Kim said...

Pat - I was at the a picture with him on my facebook page!! He was a really great speaker, reminded a few of us of Ronald Reagan in a way. Very Very nice man...he even complimented my Republican/Patriotic Jacket I was wearing...said his wife would love to have one. I told him I would see what the Republican Women of Bossier could do to get one for her...