Thinking Citizen Blog — Who is Michael Pence? “A Christian, a conservative, and a Republican, in that order”
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Today’s Topic — Who is Michael Pence? “A Christian, a conservative, and a Republican, in that order”
Born and raised a Roman Catholic, Mike Pence became a born-again evangelical in college. From a Democratic family, he volunteered for and voted for Jimmy Carter in the 1980 election, but became a convert to Ronald Reagan conservatism in the 1980s. He ran unsuccessfully for US Congress as a Republican in 1988 and 1990 and became a conservative radio talk show host in the 1990s before being elected to Congress on the third attempt in 2000. Today a few notes on his record as Congressman, Governor, and Vice President. Experts — please chime in. Correct, elaborate, elucidate.
US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES (2001–2013)
1. A staunch conservative with an A+ rating from the NRA, a 7% rating by the ACLU, and a 22% rating from the NAACP.
2. Opposed Bush’s No Child Left Behind Act and as well as Medicare prescription drug expansion.
3. Consistently pro-life.
GOVERNOR OF INDIANA (2013–2017)
1. Lowered the income tax and the corporate tax rates and abolished the inheritance tax.
2. Supporter of educational vouchers, charter schools, pre-school funding.
3. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act (2015), signed by Pence, was denounced as anti-gay and later amended.
NB: He signed 8 anti-abortion bills in his 4 years in office.
VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES (2017 — Present)
1. While Trump has wavered on the abortion issue, Pence has not.
2. Pence tweet; “Hopeful someday soon SCOTUS will recognize the same protections for the unborn when they rule on future appeals of pro-life legislation.”
3. Has cast 13 tie-breaking votes — the seventh-most in history.
NB: Head of the White House Corona Virus Task Force since February. His refusal to wear a mask on a visit to the Mayo Clinic in April was shocking. He apologized. But then again on September 26th, he, maskless, attended the Rose Garden event celebrating the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett. Very likely a “super-spreader” event.
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