Indiana Gov. Mike Pence: The Biggest Inside Secret From CPAC 2014

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If you wonder why Indiana Governor Mike Pence is popular with many social conservatives, read the following comments he made a few years ago at the Values Voter Summit:

I’m a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order.

These are serious times. A nation conceived in liberty has come of age in bondage to big government. We’ve lost respect to the world. We are going broke. And our social and cultural fabric is unraveling. People are scared.

[A] vision for a better America must recognize that our present crisis is not merely economic and political, but moral in nature.

At the root of these times should be the realization that people in positions of authority have walked away from the timeless truths of honesty, integrity, an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay and the simple notion that you ought to treat the other guy the way you want to be treated.

We will not restore this nation with public policy alone. It will require public virtue, and that emanates from the traditional institutions of our nation – life, family and religion.

To those who say that marriage is not relevant to our budget crisis, I say, ‘you would not be able to print enough money in a thousand years to pay for the government you would need if the traditional family continues to collapse.’

The headline above is from a post at Richard Viguerie’s ConservativeHQ.com by George Rasley — here is the opening of the article:

The American Conservative Union’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) is considered by many to be the flagship event on the conservative calendar and the premier event at which potential Republican candidates test the presidential waters.

And this year’s CPAC was no different; it had a stellar line-up of potential conservative presidential candidates including Senator Rand Paul, Senator Ted Cruz, Senator Mike Lee, Governor Bobby Jindal and establishment Republican Governor Chris Christie who all spoke.

There was even a “Draft Dr. Ben Carson” booth at this year’s CPAC and Dr. Carson, although he has disavowed any interest in running for President, brought down the house with a stirring speech.

Two obvious presidential contenders who were not on the CPAC speakers list this year were Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and the “great white hope” of the Republican establishment, Florida’s former Governor Jeb Bush.

However, adherents of both Bush and Walker were there in force spinning the case for their man.

But the biggest buzz in the back rooms of CPAC was about another Governor of presidential timber who wasn’t at CPAC 2014.

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Indiana’s principled limited government constitutional conservative Governor Mike Pence.

Pence barely registered on the CPAC straw poll, but his name seemed to come up in every conversation about potential 2016 presidential candidates.

Read more: ConservativeHQ.com

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