Candidate Profile
Mike Pence

Republican

Biography

Name
Mike Pence
Party
Republican
Race
Vice President of the U.S.
Incumbent
Yes
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Panel Rating

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Scorecards

Conservative Organizations

American Conservative Union (ACU), 2012:  100%
Center for Security Policy, 2011-12:  100%
Concerned Women for America (CWA), 2012:  100%
National Right to Life, 2012:  100%
Club for Growth, 2012:  99%
FRC Action, 2012:  94%
American Family Association (AFA), 2012:  77%
Eagle Forum, 2012:  75%

93%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Liberal Organizations

American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), 2012:  6%
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 2012:  0%
American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), 2012:  0%
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), 2011:  0% (cum.)
Human Rights Campaign, 2012:  0%
Planned Parenthood, 2012:  0%

1%

LIBERAL AVERAGE

Endorsements

Conservatives

2
Conservative Party of New York State, Grassroots America: We the People

Others

1
Arizona Police Association

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
54
Alan Morrison (2014), Bob Heaton (2012), Brian Bosma (2014), Chris Christie (2013), Chuck Fleischmann (2013), Cindy Kirchhofer (2012) and 48 more
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
129
Adrian Smith (2013), Aiming Higher PAC (2012), American Conservative Union (2010), American Legacy PAC (2010), American Success PAC (2006), Ann Vermilion (2016) and 123 more

Liberal

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
1
Vincent Sheheen (2009)
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
9
American Federation of Government Employees (2006), American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (2012), American Federation of Teachers (2012), American Wind Energy Association (2013), Citizens for Excellence in Goverment (2012), Communication Workers of America (2006) and 3 more

Summary

6%

LIBERAL

94%

CONSERVATIVE

 

Other Information

Questionnaire

Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Right to Life

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

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iVoterGuide Note:  Yes. He co-sponsored HB374, the Life At Conception Act (2011) which declares the right to life for all people “beginning at the moment of fertilization, cloning, or other moment at which an individual comes into being.”  Source

Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive taxpayer funds or grants from federal, state, or local governments.

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iVoterGuide Note:  As a Congressman, Pence co-sponsored and voted Yes on HR3, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. | As Vice-President, Mike Pence case the tie-breaking vote in the Senate to defund Planned Parenthood. (2017) | He said at the 40th Anniversary Gala for Concerned Women for America: “I don’t know if I have had a greater honor than to cast the tie-breaking vote to defund Planned Parenthood.” | "From the first day he took office, President Trump has been standing without apology for the sanctity of human life.   It would be just after we were office a few days that the President reinstituted the Mexico City policy, making sure no taxpayer dollars would ever go to promote or provide abortion around the world, and then he expanded it a year later."  Source  Source  Source  Source

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

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I support the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which requires health care providers to provide life-saving treatment for infants who survive an attempted abortion.

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iVoterGuide Note:  Yes. "On a week when Democrats in United States Senate actually voted down a bill that would have extended legal protections to babies that survive abortions, I couldn’t be more proud to be Vice President to a President who stands without apology for the sanctity of human life.” (February 2020)  Source


Economy

It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has a livable income.

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What changes should be made to the tax code?

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iVoterGuide Note:  As governor, Pence signed SB1 into law which sought to reduce the corporate income tax to 4.9% from 6.5% by 2021, the second-lowest rate in the country. | Pence said, “We’ve got to have a payroll tax cut. We’ve got to have the kind of pro-growth policies that will continue this economic recovery.” | “During the Pence [gubernatorial] administration, Indiana cut taxes significantly. Pence led the fight to reduce the personal income tax by 5 percent. I believe that when it's fully phased in over the next few years, Indiana will have the lowest personal income tax rate (3.23 percent) among the states taxing income. Pence also led the effort to repeal the inheritance and estate taxes, as well as efforts to reduce corporate income tax rates from 6.5 percent to 4.9 percent over the next five years. And he signed legislation that allows counties to reduce personal property taxes on business and that expanded sales tax exemptions for business purchases.” (2016 Forbes article)  Source  Source  Source

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

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iVoterGuide Note:  “All Donald Trump and I have said about Social Security is we're going to meet our obligations to our seniors. That's it. We've said we're going to meet the obligations of Medicare. …We’re going to reform government programs so we can meet the obligations of Social Security and Medicare.” (2016 Vice Presidential Debate)  Source

What is your position on the minimum wage?

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iVoterGuide Note:  “A 41 percent increase in the minimum wage that is brought into the well of Congress without providing any relief to small business owners and family farmers is irresponsible and unwise. It will harm both the wage payer and the wage earner. An excessive increase in the minimum wage will hurt the working poor.” (2007)  Source  Source

Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

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iVoterGuide Note:  "...it is a testament to the foundation that we poured. I love that verse that says, 'If the foundations crumble, how can the righteous stand?' It’s that foundation of less taxes, less regulation, a respect for private property, a fighting for free and fair trade that really, I believe, has laid the foundation for the comeback that is underway. And you all have been a part of that. And I want to promise you that we’re going to continue to fight for those things." Remarks by Vice President Pence in a Roundtable on USMCA,Morning Star Dairy Farm Onalaska, Wisconsin Issued: July 17, 2020 “We must explore new opportunities for trade to open up our new markets for our nation’s small businesses. …Small manufacturers and entrepreneurs are increasingly successful because they are able to win new customers in overseas markets. Congress should help the President win access to new markets through fast track trading authority. We must work to expand free trade zones around the world… By fighting for fair, free trade in our own hemisphere, we will help end unfair trade practices that undermine America’s natural competitive advantage. These new markets will help grow our economy and ensure our allies in the western hemisphere continue to grow politically and economically.” (2001)  Source  Source


Religious Liberty

Government should not discriminate against individuals, organizations, or business owners who affirm marriage as between one man and one woman.

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iVoterGuide Note:  “I don’t believe for a minute that it was the intention of the General Assembly to create a license to discriminate, or a right to deny services to gays, lesbians or anyone else in this state. And it certainly wasn’t my intent, but I can appreciate that that’s become the impression — not just here in Indiana, but all across this country. And we need to confront that.” | “For my part, I believe in traditional marriage; and I’ve long held the view that the people rather than unelected judges should decide matters of such great consequence in our society.… No one on either side of this debate deserves to be disparaged or maligned because of who they are or what they believe. Let’s have a debate worthy of our people with civility and respect.”  Source  Source

What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?

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Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

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iVoterGuide Note:  As Governor, Pence signed into law Senate Bill 101, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.  Source


Healthcare

It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has health insurance.

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iVoterGuide Note:  “I will oppose any expansion of our health insurance system that condemns vulnerable hoosiers to substandard healthcare or threatens the fiscal health of our state."  Source

How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

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iVoterGuide Note:  “The Healthy Indiana Plan is a consumer driven healthcare plan that moves people from emergency rooms to primary care. And encourages low income hoosiers to take more ownership of their own healthcare decisions…” | “We’ll lower the cost of healthcare and drugs without growing the size of government and we’ll always protect Americans with preexisting conditions.” (Feb 2020)  Source  Source

I support the elimination of private healthcare insurance.

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iVoterGuide Note:  “Now more people than ever know why it was right for us to stand up to the federal government about the Affordable Care Act.”  Source


National Security

What is the best way to maintain peace and protect national security?

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iVoterGuide Note:  “…the armed forces of the United States have proven to be the greatest force for good in the history of the world…. as technologies continue to advance, outer space will only become more critical to our national security… Our freedom to operate safely in outer space is critical for our way of life. …the time has come to create a U.S. Space Force. The Space Force will have a transformational impact on our national security. It will make our space systems and those of our allies more resilient. It will deter our enemies from doing us harm. And it will make America and the world safer.”| “We must protect our critical telecom infrastructure, and America is calling on all our security partners to be vigilant and to reject any enterprise that would compromise the integrity of our communications technology or our national security systems.” | “All nations must continue to stand together, enforce all U.N. Security Council resolutions, and hold North Korea to the commitments it made in the Singapore declaration.  And I can promise you, America will as well. And while we work for peace, we will continue to stand firm until we achieve the final, fully verified denuclearization of North Korea.”  Source

What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?

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iVoterGuide Note:  “The United States will keep a strong presence in the region. We recognize it will not be enough to simply reclaim the territory of the caliphate. As we enter this new phase, the United States will continue to work with all our allies to hunt down the remnants of ISIS wherever and whenever they rear their ugly head. …seize every opportunity to achieve peace. But we will approach every challenge with our eyes wide open. We will deal with the world as it is, not as we wish it to be.”  Source


Immigration

I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.

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iVoterGuide Note:  Yes. "President Trump and I recognize that border security is national security. That’s why this president has made it a priority to end this crisis, secure our border, build a wall, and protect the American people. ...Even as we face a crisis on our southern border, and as 800,000 federal workers go without paychecks, Democrats in Congress have been unwilling to seriously discuss even partial wall funding. President Trump and our administration will not be deterred by the Democrats' obstruction. The American people want to see action, and we intend to deliver.” | "We've already started to build that wall. And I'll make you a promise -- before we are done we're going to build it all.”  Source  Source

Children covered by DACA should be granted legal citizenship.

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iVoterGuide Note:  “Well, we believe that [court] decision [for DACA to stay in place] was wrongly decided once again. Another West Coast judge is rendered a decision that would go to the Supreme Court we're sure would be overturned. Even President Obama said on multiple occasions that he did not have the authority, through executive action, to extend protection through DACA. And President Trump last year made it clear that we're going to stand by the constitution… There will be no deal on DACA unless there's funding for a wall and funding for the kind of changes in immigration that will put the safety and security of the American people first.”  Source

How would you re-write immigration laws?

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iVoterGuide Note:  “We want to end the days where people believe they can come into the country, make a claim of asylum from oppression or deprivation or violence in Central America or elsewhere, and then be released into the country on their own recognizance, only to vanish into the nation with 90% of the people never show up for their hearing in the months ahead. We have got to close the loopholes.” | “…end the days where people believe they can come into the country, make a claim of asylum from oppression or deprivation or violence in Central America or elsewhere, and then be released into the country on their own recognizance, only to -- only to vanish into the nation… …We have to get to the root causes. We've got to close the loopholes that human traffickers as we speak are using to entice vulnerable families to take the long and dangerous journey north.”  Source


Education

How would you improve the quality of education in the United States?

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iVoterGuide Note:  “I believe the time has come for a voluntary pre-K program to help Indiana’s disadvantaged kids… I’ll always believe the best pre-K program is a prosperous family… We’re working to make career and vocational education a priority in every high school in Indiana again. ... We’re expanding curriculum in our high schools and developing new partnerships with local businesses to support regional career education… A lot of good jobs in Indiana don’t not require a college degree. These new partnerships through our regional works councils…will make sure that our schools work for all of our kids regardless of where they start in life and regardless of where they want to start in life. …I’m proposing legislation that will conduct an in-depth assessment of how our career and technical educational dollars are spent.”  Source

I support charter schools.

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iVoterGuide Note:  Yes. “Expand the availability of public charter schools… We need to level the playing field and allow charter schools to manage their budgets with the same flexibility as traditional public schools. At the same time, in the interest of greater choices for families, we should make sure that unused or underutilized public school building can be put to use by chatters and other schools that need them… Indiana has the fastest growing school choice program in the country…I want parents to be able to choose to send their child to a church-based program, a private program or a public pre-K program that they think will best meet their needs.”  Source


Values

I support adding sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes in non-discrimination laws.

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iVoterGuide Note:  “Let’s protect the rights of Hoosier employers to hire who they want and provide them with the benefits they they deserve.”  Source

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

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iVoterGuide Note:  “I’m a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican — in that order.” | "Should I have the awesome privilege to serve as your vice president, I promise to keep faith with that conviction. To pray daily for a wise and 'discerning heart ... for who is able to govern this great people.' My fellow Americans, I believe we have come to another rendezvous with destiny, and I have faith ... faith in the boundless capacity of the American people and faith that God can still heal our land.”  Source


Criminal Justice

I support the death penalty.

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iVoterGuide Note:  Yes. As Governor, Pence signed into law SB8 (2015) which would allow the death penalty for murderers who decapitate their victims.  Source

Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.

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How would you address the overcrowding of jails?

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2nd Amendment

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?

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What restrictions on gun ownership are needed to protect public safety?

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iVoterGuide Note:  When in Congress, Pence co-sponsored HR822, the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011 which would allow national reciprocity to people in possession of a concealed carry license; HR645 (2011-2012), "The Second Amendment Enforcement Act," which would repeal the DC gun ban, and block DC from adopting new gun restrictions; and the "Disaster Recovery Personal Protection Act,” (2006) which outlaws gun confiscation during a state of emergency. He also signed into law Indiana Senate Bill 98 which limits lawsuits against gun and ammunition producers and sellers while serving the state as Governor.  Source  Source  Source  Source


Other Important Issues

Reparations should be given to people on the basis of race.

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Is racism a threat to domestic security in the United States? Why or why not?

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iVoterGuide Note:  “…what I see in the leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement is a political agenda of the radical left that would defund the police, that would tear down monuments, that would press a radical left agenda that, and support calls for the kind of violence that has beset the very communities that they say that they're advocating for. I’ve literally met with African American leaders around this country…who made it clear to us that they want law and order. They want peace in our streets. I really believe that all lives matter. And that's where the heart of the American people lies.”  Source

The United States should not have withdrawn from the Paris Climate Agreement.

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iVoterGuide Note:  During the presidency of Donald J. Trump, for which Pence is Vice-President, the Trump administration withdrew the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement. Pence said, “By withdrawing today from the Paris Climate Accord, the President has demonstrated his commitment to put American workers, American consumers, American energy, and the American people first. This was a bad deal from the moment it was signed by the last Administration.”  Source

I support BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanction) against Israel if they refuse to allow the creation of a Palestinian state.

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iVoterGuide Note:  “Let me say emphatically, like the overwhelming majority of my constituents, my Christian faith compels me to cherish the state of Israel.” | "So let me be clear on this point: Anyone who aspires to the highest office in the land should not be afraid to stand with the strongest supporters of Israel in America. It is wrong to boycott Israel, and it is wrong to boycott AIPAC." | "Ladies and gentlemen, Israel and the United States will always stand together because America and Israel are more than friends. We’re more than partners or allies. My friends, the United States and Israel are family."  Source

The Electoral College should be abolished.

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People should be able to vote without photo identification.

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