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GOP Eyes Indiana’s Pence as Presidential Contender

When it comes to choosing a Republican presidential nominee, the laundry list is just getting longer. One name that has gained some attention, however, is Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. Read Transcript


David: WHEN YOU MEET

MIKE PENCE, HE IS ALL

AMERICAN HEARTLAND, FROM A

CORN FIELD TO CONGRESS AND

NOW GOVERNOR.

I DON'T EVER REMEMBER,

EVEN IMAGINING, THAT THIS

GRANDSON OF AN IRISH

IMMIGRANT WOULD EVER HAVE

THE CHANCE TO LEAD MY STATE

AS GOVERNOR.

David: AND HE IS

MAKING THE MOST OF THE

OPPORTUNITY WITH AN APPROVAL

RATING OVER 60% AND ONE OF

THE TOP ECONOMIES IN THE

NATION.

INDIANA IS OPEN FOR TECH

BUSINESS ONCE AGAIN.

WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR YOUR

LEADERSHIP AND YOUR

BUSINESS.

David: THE NUMBERS

SHOW A CONSERVATIVE

BLUEPRINT FOR SUCCESS.

SEVEN STRAIGHT MONTHS OF JOB

GROWTH WITH UNEMPLOYMENT

UNDER 6%, LEADING THE NATION

IN NEW MANUFACTURING JOBS.

PLUS THROW IN TAX CUTS AND A

BUDGET SURPLUS FOR GOOD

MEASURE.

THERE IS NO ROCKET

SCIENCE TO IT.

WE'RE JUST PUTTING IN TO

PRACTICE THOSE COMMON SENSE

PRINCIPLES, LIVING WITHIN

OUR MEANS, LETTING PEOPLE

KEEP MORE OF WHAT THEY

EARN.

David: SOME G.O.P. BIG

WIGS ARE COURTING PENCE, AND

THE GOVERNOR IS LISTENING.

THEY SEE HIM AS AN IDEAL

PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE,

PRO-LIFE CHRISTIAN, STRONG

ON SOCIAL ISSUES, A HAWK ON

DEFENSE, AND ECONOMICALLY

CONSERVATIVE.

GOVERNOR MIKE PENCE AND

THE FIRST LADY OF INDIANA

HEADED OVERSEAS TODAY ON A

FOREIGN TRADE MISSION.

David: HE IS TAKING

HIS PLATFORM TO THE

INTERNATIONAL STAGE, AND HE

IS GOING TO SPEAK AT

NATIONAL G.O.P. FUNCTIONS,

STOKING PRESIDENTIAL

INTEREST EVEN FURTHER.

EVERY TIME WE SPEAK, I

ALWAYS HAVE TO ASK YOU --

YOU KNOW I'M GOING TO ASK

YOU ABOUT A PRESIDENTIAL

RACE.

WE DID THIS LAST TIME.

JUST A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO,

CONGRESSMAN PENCE AND I

DISCUSSED A 2012

PRESIDENTIAL RUN RIGHT THERE

IN HIS D.C. OFFICE.

THIS IS THE PART OF THE

INTERVIEW WHERE I ASK YOU

THE OBLIGATORY 2012

QUESTION, AND THIS IS THE

PART WHERE YOU SAY, YOU

KNOW, IT IS AN HONOR TO BE

CONSIDERED.

SO LET'S JUST GO THROUGH THE

FORMALITIES THERE.

HERE WE ARE AGAIN, TWO YEARS

LATER, TRYING TO FIGURE OUT

A MORE UNIQUE WAY TO POP THE

QUESTION.

FORGET ABOUT WHAT YOU THINK,

WHEN KAREN AND THE FAMILY

HEAR THESE -- THEY READ THE

NEWSPAPER, THEY HAVE GOOGLE,

DON'T THEY?

WHAT DO THEY THINK?

FORGET ABOUT YOU.

I CAN TELL YOU, ANY TIME

THAT I MENTION FOR THE

HIGHEST OFFICE IN THE LAND

IT'S A HUMBLING AND

ENCOURAGING THING FOR ME AND

FOR MY FAMILY.

BUT OUR FOCUS IS ON IND

IND.

INDIANA.

David: HE IS ALSO

KEENLY AWARE THAT THE BEST

SOLUTIONS NEED TO COME FROM

OUTSIDE THE BELTWAY.

I THINK WHAT CURE THIS

NATION WILL COME MORE FROM

OUR BELTWAYS THAN OUR

NATION'S CAPITAL.

THERE ARE JUST THINGS STATES

WILL ALWAYS BE ABLE TO DO

BETTER.

David: AND PENCE HAS

HIS HANDS FULL DOING THAT.

OBAMACARE NEEDS TO BE

REPEALED LOCK, STOCK, AND

BARREL.

David: HE SAYS HE

WON'T TAKE FEDERAL MONEY TO

EXPAND MEDICARE HERE UNLESS

IT IS DOWN THE INDIANA WAY.

IF WE COULD, IN EFFECT,

END TRADITIONAL MEDICAID IN

INDIANA FOR VIRTUALLY ALL OF

OUR CITIZENS AND REPLACE IT

WITH THE KIND OF

CONSUMER-DRIVEN HEALTH CARE

AND TRYING WITH THE HELP

INDIANA PLAN, WE WOULD BE

OPEN TO THAT.

David: SOME PEOPLE

CRITICIZE PENCE FOR EVEN

CONSIDERING TAKING THE

FEDERAL MONEY.

IT SAYS "THERE IS NOTHING

ALL THAT CONSERVATIVE ABOUT

THE STATE'S SPECIFIC PLANS

TO CAPTURE FEDERAL DOLLARS

EARMARKED FOR MEDICAID

EXPANSION."

BUT THE INDIANA PLAN IS

POPULAR WITH HOOSIERS

BECAUSE IT SETS UP PERSONAL

SAVINGS ACCOUNTS.

IN A WORD, INDIANA HAS

PROVEN IN THE LAST SIX YEARS

THAT CONSUMER-DRIVEN HEALTH

CARE WORKS.

David: THE OTHER BIG

ISSUE, EDUCATION, AND COMMON

CORE.

PENCE PICKED UP PRAISE FOR

MAKING INDIANA THE FIRST

STATE TO OPT OUT OF THE

CONTROVERSIAL NATIONAL

CURRICULUM, BUT CRITICS

COMPLAIN THAT HIS NEW

STANDARDS LOOK A LOT LIKE

COMMON CORE.

MICHELLE MACKEN SAYS PENCE'S

ATTEMPTS TO REPACKAGE THE

COMMON CORE STANDARDS IS

FOOLING NO ONE.

WHATEVER DIFFERENCES

PEOPLE MIGHT HAVE, ON THE

STANDARDS WE PRODUCED, THESE

WERE WRITTEN BY AHORA

HOOSIERS FOR HOOSIERS.

David: ONE ITEM NOT UP

FOR DEBATE, HIS FAITH.

JUST ABOUT EACH AND EVERY

DAY, I LIKE TO START OUT MY

DAY WITH A LITTLE BIT OF

TIME IN THE BOOK, A LITTLE

BIT OF TIME IN PRAYER.

AND THAT HAS BECOME EVEN

MORE IMPORTANT TO ME AS I'VE

SHOULDERED THE

RESPONSIBILITIES OF THIS

OFFICE.

David: PENCE GAVE HIS

LIFE TO JESUS AS A COLLEGE

FRESHMAN, AND HE IS MINDFUL

OF 1 KINGS 3: "GIVE YOUR

SERVANT THEREFORE AN

UNDERSTANDING MIND TO GOVERN

YOUR PEOPLE, THAT I MAY

DISCERN BETWEEN GOOD AND

EVIL, FOR WHO IS ABLE TO

GOVERN THIS, YOUR GREAT

PEOPLE."

I PRAY FOR A

DISTINGUISHING HEART, TO

DISTINGUISH BETWEEN RIGHT

AND WRONG.

David: AND IN INDIANA,

IT IS GOVERNOR PENCE FOR

SUCH A TIME AS THIS.

DAVID BRODY, CBN NEWS, IN

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA.

EMBED THIS VIDEO


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