Monday, August 27, 2012

Pence Tells Shella He Won't Run from Social Issues as Governor

Congressman Mike Pence Riding in
to save Hoosiers souls?
So far, Mike Pence has been running a nearly perfect campaign to become Indiana's next Governor.

The only brief slip-up was when he foolishly compared the Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act to the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks.  He quickly apologized and was no doubt thankful no one recorded the comments.

He may have made a second slip-up.

On Friday, WISH-TV political reporter Jim Shella penned a blog post that quoted Pence saying, "I am who I am and I hold the views that I hold.”  He followed up by saying that he would sign "pro-life" legislation because of his personal views.  Presumably, that means that any crazy anti-choice bill that comes out of the Indiana General Assembly could be law.

Let your mind wander on that one for just a moment.

Does that mean that he might sign a bill that would put even stronger restrictions on safe, legal abortions for women exercising their right to choose?  I think that's a safe bet.  Maybe without exceptions for rape and life of the mother?  Likely.

Extrapolating this further.  Pence has famously said that he's "Christian, conservative, and Republican, in that order."  Since he's Christian first, does that mean he will be putting that first above his duty to serve all Hoosiers?  Count on it.

Because of this small quote, I think this opens up a whole new line of attacks on Pence.  Quite clearly, he spent the first few months trying to reinvent himself in an "Etch-a-Sketch" moment.  Now, it slowly looks like Pence is returning to form.

The culture warrior is back!  The door cracks open for John Gregg.

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