How conservative is Mike Pence?

Mike Pence
Mike Pence

Throughout the course of the 2016 campaign, it repeatedly has been asked if Donald Trump owns the conservative chops required to carry the torch that’s been passed down from Ronald Reagan to the Bushes to John McCain


Throughout the course of the 2016 campaign, it repeatedly has been asked if Donald Trump owns the conservative chops required to carry the torch that’s been passed down from Ronald Reagan to the Bushes to John McCain.

Even today, conservatives are still confused by the Republican nominee’s “…attempt to turn the conservative movement into a nationalist populist one, complete with shilling for Trump’s incomprehensible decisions and statements.”

And it’s widely believed that Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana was brought in to both soften Trump’s image and add conservative credo to a campaign that thus far has run on almost a singular pretense — that it is anti-politician and done by a Washington outsider.

Pence is a true conservative, honored by the American Conservative Union with a 99 percent on its scorecard back in 2012. With his legislative experience adding a new element to the Trump campaign, it’s worth taking a look at his record on the issues important to conservatives in America. On cutting taxes and the economy

As a congressman, Pence voted against T.A.R.P. and Medicaid expansion in spite of President George W. Bush. Then as Indiana’s governor he promised a series of tax cuts, and followed through in a big way. Pence has maintained a balanced budget and kept the state’s spending growth rate below inflation, in addition to repealing around 40 percent of all tax regulations. He also sued the federal government in protest of Obamacare, in what he perceived as federal overreach. The extent of his work as Indiana’s governor in tax code reform cannot be overstated — Pence is credited with eliminating nearly 20 unique credits, deductions, and add-backs to the definition of adjusted gross income. Since Pence took office, Indiana’s unemployment rate has fallen from 8.4 percent to 5 percent. On pro-life and abortion

Planned Parenthood has claimed Pence is on a “one-man crusade” against their operation, because in congress he started the “defund Planned Parenthood” rallying cry by introducing the first measure to strip taxpayer funding of their facilities way back in 2007. Pro-life group Right to Life has endorsed the governor in his home state for his activism on the cause, saying, “Gov. Pence is devoted to protecting the unborn and their mothers. Gov. Pence’s pro-life stance is more than a talking point; Gov. Pence has put his pro-life position into action time and time again.” On global warming

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