Balance — Governor Mike Pence Speaks to Packed House at Reagan Library

By Debra Tash

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Governor Mike Pence: CNN Screen capture — Reagan Library 9/8/2016

Governor Michael Richard “Mike” Pence spoke at the Reagan Library to a sold out audience.  Six weeks ago, Donald Trump tapped the governor for his running mate.  Pence, a contrast to the flamboyant Republican presidential nominee, said he’s often compared to radio talk host show, Rush Limbaugh — on decaf.  

This was the Indiana governor’s second visit to the Library.  The first time was ten years ago.  On this round he laid a wreath at Reagan’s grave with his oldest daughter, Charlotte, who accompanied Pence to the event. Like Reagan before him, he left “the party of his youth” and switched from being a Democrat to the Republican party.  After Jimmy Carter’s election, the young Pence found the values Reagan championed, American Exceptionalism and a strong belief in God, matched his own.

The governor met Reagan 28 years ago, in 1988, when the “Gipper’s” tenure in office was winding down and Pence’s public life just beginning.  Pence was running for Congress as a Republican in his home state. He lost that election to Phil Sharp, and lost another election in 1990 to the then incumbent, Sharp. However, twelve years later Pence would win a seat and worked alongside our former representative, Elton Gallegy. Pence would then become governor of the Hoosier state in 2012. He cut taxes, raised the state’s rating to AAA, and still managed to earmark two billion for education and infrastructure.

Like Trump, Reagan was dismissed by the “smart set” in Washington. And like Reagan, Pence has seen millions begin to “lean in and listen” to a talented man. And just like the 40th president Trump knows what to fight against.  That it’s time to say, no, to weakened American leadership.  No, to paying ransom.  No, to a stagnant economy.

He admits, they’re different, Pence a mild Midwesterner and his animated running mate, a guy from the Empire state.    Before he was nominated to the ticket Pence and Trump spent a weekend together with their families.  He found Trump, tough, a man who means what he says, a straight talker who, in fact, is a good and very kind man.

The governor said these are challenging times we now face, “a fault-line in history” with a spurting economy and a world in turmoil.  Look at the map of the Middle East, an emboldened China and an emboldened Russia as evidence, “weakness arouses evil.”  

He called America, “the arsenal of democracy.”

Pence elaborated that after seven and half years of this administration’s policies we have the lowest participation rate in the workforce since the severe downturn of the 1970’s.  There are seven million more Americans who are living in poverty since Barack Obama took office.

Clinton will continue the president’s failed policies.

Pence went on to list what Trump would do if elected.  End the death tax along with lowering rates and signing a moratorium on new regulation and repealing Obama’s job killing policies.  He countered the notion that Trump is a protectionist when it comes to trade.  Both Pence and Trump believe in free trade, and would renegotiate NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement (as was referenced in The Hill back in June).  And most of all, Trump would insure that his nominations to the Supreme Court would adhere to the Constitution, and would be jurists who would not make law from the bench.

“Something big is stirring in our country and it’s coming from the American people,” Pence said.  He reminisced again to the time he met with Reagan along with other hopeful congressional candidates back in 1988.  Reagan confided to the group, “The people decided to right the ship and they just put me on the bridge.”

Trump is a larger than life charismatic figure.  Yet after that weekend shared with their families, Pence found that they’re not all that unlike, the Midwesterner and the man from the Empire state, two people who balance one another in the arena of politics and who share a common story.  They’re both the grandsons of immigrants who were raised to have faith in the American Dream.

Pence believes that with Trump, the Reagan Revolution will live on.

Listen to the event audio:

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Debra Tash is Editor-in-Chief of Citizensjournal.us, past president for Citizens Alliance for Property Rights, business executive and award-winning author, residing in Somis.


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