Mike Pence quotes
Quotes by and about Mike Pence
(Continued from his main entry on the site.)
Pence: "Every day, we sail further into the dangerous waters of Big Government Republicanism - perilous straits for a society built on personal responsibility and freedom. We risk finding ourselves past the point of no return on the Road to Serfdom. ... It's time for a major course correction! ... We will find our way to Morning in America. But first, we must go back to the future - back to doing the hard thing because it's the right thing."
Pence: "Is not America of the 1990s principally about luxury and comfort? Have not the harder-earned virtues been replaced by the mantra of the baby boomer generation, 'if it feels good, do it'? ... We see ourselves steaming away from the safe harbor of our best moral and religious traditions."
Pence: "I watched my father build everything that matters. He built a family, a small business, and a good name."
Pence: "I think negative personal attacks have no place in elective politics. ... It's wrong to use one's brief moment in a political debate to talk about what's wrong with your opponent, as opposed to what's right with your ideas."
Pence: "I'm a conservative. But I'm not angry about it."
Pence: "Negative campaigning ... is wrong. ... A campaign ought to demonstrate the basic human decency of the candidate."
Pence: "I've always believed that civility in heavy doses is essential in self-government."
Pence: "I occasionally got called the Rush Limbaugh of Indiana, but most people knew that my style was different."
Pence: "My Christianity, first and foremost, [governs] the way that I [try] to deal with people."
Pence: "[Bill Clinton is] a man of unbridled passions, unfamiliar with the concept of shame."
Pence: "[Bill Clinton's] repeated lies to the American people [regarding his affair with Monica Lewinsky] compound the case against him as they demonstrate his failure to protect the institution of the presidency as the 'inspiring supreme symbol of all that is highest in our American ideals.' Leaders affect the lives of families far beyond their own 'private life.' ... America needs to be able to look to her First Family as role models."
Pence: "I was greatly inspired by the leadership in the late 1980s and early 90s of Newt Gingrich."
Pence: "Ronald Reagan is the reason I became a Republican."
Pence: "One of the great privileges of my life was meeting Ronald Reagan in 1988 at the White House when I was a young candidate for Congress. I had the chance ... to thank him for what he had done for the country ... and he said, 'A lot of you thanked me for what I did for this country, but I want you to know I didn't do anything for this country. The American people decided to right the ship, and I was just the captain they put on the bridge when they did it.'"
Pence: "[Donald Trump] is not a polished politician. ... Things don't always come out exactly the way he means them."
[About Donald Trump:]
Pence: "I have seen this good man up close. His utter lack of pretense, his respect for the people who work for him, and his devotion to his family. If you still doubt what I'm saying, as we say back home, you can't fake good kids. How about his amazing children? Aren't they something? These are the true measures of our nominee."
Stephen Moore: "Mike is charismatic. He's articulate, but he's not shrill or mean the way some conservatives can be."
Christine Matthews: "He's got a very calm, steady demeanor."
Washington Post: "[He] has a calm, resonant voice and a manner that suggests he would rather talk about his ideas over lunch with you than bellow them to a crowd from a soapbox."
Ryan Streeter: "He has a particularly strong talent ... for being able to stick to principle while making ... those who disagree with him feel like they are being heard and respected."
Chris Chocola: "[He has made] good, steady moves in the right direction, which may not be sexy, but it's a solid record."
Eric Holcomb: "He articulates positions in a very respectful way."
National Public Radio: "In the 1990s, Pence hosted a Sunday TV show in Indianapolis and also had a radio talk show called The Mike Pence Show. He described himself as 'Rush Limbaugh on decaf,' meaning while a conservative, he was not as bombastic as the popular Limbaugh, who hosts his own talk show."
Kyla Percival: "[In person he is] exceptionally gracious and affable."
Leslie Lenkowsky: "Mike sees himself as a champion of a very culturally conservative set of values that represent small-town Middle America. He sees his role as protecting them."
Kristina Cooke: "[He] can 'temper some of Trump's enthusiasm' and 'be the calming voice.'"
Times Sentinel: "'Mike is the epitome of good taste,' said Smith. Such words are echoed by other friends of the governor, including David McIntosh, a former congressman. ... McIntosh said Pence - a polite but unerring, disciplined conservative - later distinguished himself during six terms in Congress by elevating cordiality with political opponents. 'There's a huge contrast in style,' he said of Trump and Pence. 'Mike is a civil politician and a statesman.'"