HH: Mike Pence joins us, number three in the House of Representatives. How are you, Congressman?
MP: I’m doing great, Hugh. Thanks for having me on. I’m coming to you from Minneapolis, just finished my second event in my second state today. We’re in the fight, thirteen days and counting.
HH: Now I’ve got to ask you. I just got a call from Janet in Minneapolis asking me will the Republicans go back there and start compromising and negotiating right away. What’s your answer, Mike Pence.
MP: Let me tell you, and we put this on our Facebook page yesterday afternoon. I’m speaking in Florida tomorrow night. Look, there will be no compromise on stopping runaway spending, deficits and debt. There will be no compromise on repealing Obamacare. There will be no compromise on stopping Democrats from growing government and raising taxes. And if I haven’t been clear enough yet, let me say again. No compromise.
HH: Now this all got started because of press reports, and I think the Beltway media is doing their best to try and sow division, Mike Pence. What do you think?
MP: Yeah, I agree. I really do agree with that, Hugh. Look, I’m here in Minnesota right now. I was in Wisconsin earlier today. I saw the story yesterday. Darrell Issa went on national radio yesterday, clarified what he had to say. He’s a bullet-proof conservative. He’s one of our most courageous members. And there’s no doubt in my mind that the mainstream media out there is trying to do their level best to discourage, demoralize and divide, but it’s just not going to work. I think House Republicans showed their metal in the last two years, Hugh, where every single House Republican opposed the stimulus bill. Every single House Republican opposed the government takeover of health care. Every single House Republican opposed their runaway spending. And I promise you if we’re given the privilege of leading the Congress again, Republicans are going to join this new class of conservative men and women, and we’re going to set the country right.
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HH: Let me start there, Congressman Pence. Chip Cravaack up there is running against James Oberstar. This morning or yesterday morning, James Oberstar actually insulted his constituents. Those who disagree with cap and tax, he called them members of the Flat Earth Society. That’s arrogance on a level…do many of your Democratic colleagues have that arrogance?
MP: Well, look, I mean, we had a Congressman from Indiana that basically, you could see it on YouTube, basically told somebody to sit down, and said that they couldn’t videotape a town hall meeting of his months ago. But it’s all the talk here in Minneapolis. I was actually in for Randy Demmer, who’s running against Congressman Tim Walz, who’s run a fantastic campaign. But there’s no question the Oberstar seat’s in play. And the opportunities that we have around the country to send a whole new generation of men and women with strong conservative values to Washington, D.C. on November 2nd is unprecedented, and we’re doing our level best to get around the country and support these folks and help them tell their story.
HH: Tell us about Southern Indiana. We’re out of Louisville, we get into Southern Indiana. What do you think? Does he do it?
MP: Well look, we’ve got an open seat down there in Evansville, not too far from Louisville, that Larry Bucshon is leading now strongly in that open seat, vacated by Congressman Brad Ellsworth as he runs for the Senate in Indiana. But there’s no question that the battle between Congressman Baron Hill and the dynamic conservative, principled Todd Young, is a central focus of both parties around the country. And Todd is given a little bit better than he’s getting. He’s been getting great traction around the district. But I think people are identifying with his mainstream conservative values. And in Baron Hill, you’d have somebody who voted for everything the administration asked him to vote for, you know, from the stimulus bill to the cap and trade bill in southern coal Indiana, to their government takeover of health care. So I like Todd Young’s chances. But again, my message everywhere I go, Hugh, is that this isn’t over. I think it’s 4th and goal, we’re going for it, they know it. And it’s races like the 9th Congressional district of Indiana, up in the 2nd district where Jackie Walorski is taking on Congressman Joe Donnelly, up here, Randy Demmer against Congressman Tim Walz. These are being hard fought, they’re close. Van Tran, out on the West Coast there, who’s running a fantastic race against Congresswoman Sanchez, we’ve got opportunities, but they’re not going quietly.
HH: Now I’ve got to ask you, Congressman, we had lunch in March at the Congressional retreat after it was over…
HH: And you had confronted the president. And you are the first to confront him on Obamacare. And you took some heat from a lot of people and you pushed back. You said it before the break, but I want America to hear again from Mike Pence in the Republican leadership. This is not going to be a go along, this is not the 90s. This is not the early 2000s. This is a different Republican Party when it comes to pushing back on this federal massive expansion.
MP: Look, the time to go along and get along is over. House Republicans know that. We’ve taken firm and principled stands against their big government plans throughout this Congress, and we’ve got, if the American people will send them, we’ve got a cavalry of men and women headed to Washington, D.C. that are going to stand with us. And we’re going to repeal Obamacare lock, stock and barrel. We’re going to roll back their stimulus bill. We’re going to end the era of bailouts and deficits and debt and takeovers. You better believe it. Look, what went wrong in the 1990s and first years of this century for Republicans wasn’t the lack of compromise. It was too much compromise with the establishment in Washington, D.C. I know our team gets it, and with the reinforcements the American people are poised to send to us, I know we’re going to put our nation’s Congress back on a pathway toward fiscal discipline, personal responsibility, and limited government like our founders intended.
HH: Congressman Mike Pence, always a pleasure, thank you, Congressman. Good luck in the last two weeks bringing it on home. I appreciate you taking the time with us.
MP: Thanks, Hugh. Thanks for all you’re doing.
HH: Our pleasure, and it’s amazing how hard these people are working.
End of interview.