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Mike Pence on Homeland Security

Republian nominee for Vice President; Governor of Indiana; former Representative (IN-6)

 


Supports Reagan Doctrine: peace through strength

We've been the leader of the free world, the arsenal democracy for years. The Reagan Doctrine years ago made it clear, we said, if you're willing to fight the communists on your soil, we'll give you the means to fight them there. So our troops don't have to fight them.

If we give in to Putin to give him his land [in Ukraine], it's not going to be too long for he rolls across a NATO border. And frankly, our men and women of our armed forces are going to have to go and fight him. I want to let the Ukrainians fight and drive and the Russians back out.

Vladimir Putin has been saying he wants to reestablish the old Soviet sphere of influence. He is a dictator and a murderer and the United States of America needs to stand against authoritarianism.

Give them a promise that Ukraine will never be an NATO. We achieve peace through strength. And America needs to stand for freedom.

Source: Fox News 2023 Republican primary debate in Milwaukee , Aug 23, 2023

We need a president to build a military fitted to the times

The Chinese Communists only understand one thing, and that's strength. The truth is, the Biden administration has been busy cutting military spending. And one of my concerns about the recent debt ceiling deal was that once you factor in inflation, it actually represents a cut in military spending over the next year. Now, more than ever, we need a president who will marshal the support of the Congress and of the American people to build a military fitted to the times.
Source: CNN Town Hall: interviews of 2024 presidential candidates , Jun 7, 2023

Homosexuals in the ranks weakens unit cohesion

[Mike Pence Announcement Speech via Wayback Machine, 2000]: "In addition to defense spending, Congress should lead a national debate on reforming the military by:. (4) bringing an end to the 'don't ask/don't tell' policy of permitting homosexuals to serve in the armed forces. Homosexuality is incompatible with military service because the presence of homosexuals in the ranks weakens unit cohesion."
Source: FactCheck on 2020 Trump Research Book , Sep 22, 2020

Fact Check: Takes credit for Veterans Choice passed in 2014

Pence said: "After years of scandal that robbed our veterans of the care that you earned in the uniform of the United States, President Trump kept his word again. We reformed the VA, and Veterans Choice is now available for every veteran in America."

The Veterans Choice program was a bipartisan initiative enacted by Obama in 2014. The Trump administration "reformed the VA" by signing the VA MISSION Act of 2018, which boosted funding for the choice program and expanded the eligibility criteria.

Source: NBC News Fact-Check on 2020 Republican Convention speech , Aug 26, 2020

We've made the strongest military in history of the world

This president has actually signed the largest increases in our national defense in more than a generation. We are once again giving our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and Coast Guard, the resources and support they need to accomplish their missions and defend this nation. Under this president, we have made the strongest military in the history of the world, that renewed American strength. We are standing tall on the world stage again.
Source: Remarks by V.P. Pence at the 2020 CPAC Conference , Feb 27, 2020

Voted to keep ban on openly gay members of the military

[Pete Buttigieg and Mike Pence traded points online after Buttigieg said that of Pence, "if you've got a problem with who I am, your problem is not with me--your quarrel, sir, is with my creator." Pence responded that he had always held Butigieg "in the highest personal regard"].

Buttigieg said in a tweet of his own, writing, "People will often be polite to you in person, while advancing policies that harm you and your family. You will be polite to them in turn, but you need not stand for such harms. Instead, you push back, honestly and emphatically. So it goes, in the public square." While he was an Indiana lawmaker, Pence reportedly supported a constitutional ban on gay marriage, voted against repealing the ban on openly gay members of the military and voted against a ban on LGBTQ workplace discrimination. He has been widely attacked for making a statement on his campaign website in 2000 construed to be supportive of gay conversion therapy--which his team has adamantly denied.

Source: People e-zine "LGBTQ History," on 2020 Presidential Hopefuls , Apr 9, 2019

Bar Syrian refugees so ISIS cannot infiltrate America

KAINE: Mike Pence put a program in place to keep refugees out if they're from Syria. And yesterday an appellate court with three Republican judges struck down the Pence plan and said it was discriminatory.

PENCE: Right. Those judges said it was because there wasn't any evidence yet that ISIS had infiltrated the United States. Well, Germany just arrested three Syrian refugees that were connected to ISIS.

KAINE: But they told you there's a right way and a wrong way to do it.

PENCE: Look, if you're going to be critical of me on that, that's fair game. I will tell you, after two Syrian refugees were involved in the attack in Paris that is called Paris' 9/11, as governor of the state of Indiana, I have no higher priority than the safety and security of the people of my state. So you bet I suspended that program. And I stand by that decision. And if I'm vice president of the United States or Donald Trump is president, we're going to put the safety and security of the American people first.

Source: 2016 Vice-Presidential Debate at Longwood University , Oct 4, 2016

Rebuild military and project American strength in the world

Hillary Clinton's top priority when she became secretary of state was the Russian reset. After the Russian reset, the Russians invaded Ukraine and took over Crimea. And the small and bullying leader of Russia is now dictating terms to the US [in Syria]. Look, we have got to begin to lean into this with strong, broad-shouldered American leadership.

I just have to tell you that the provocations by Russia need to be met with American strength. It begins by rebuilding our military. And the Russians & the Chinese have been making enormous investments in the military. We have the smallest Navy since 1916. We have the lowest number of troops since the end of the Second World War. We've got to work with Congress, and Donald Trump will, to rebuild our military & project American strength in the world. We've just got to have American strength on the world stage. When Donald Trump becomes president, the Russians and other countries in the world will know they're dealing with a strong American president.

Source: 2016 Vice-Presidential Debate at Longwood University , Oct 4, 2016

Bar Syrian refugees so ISIS cannot infiltrate America

KAINE: Mike Pence put a program in place to keep refugees out if they're from Syria. And yesterday an appellate court with three Republican judges struck down the Pence plan and said it was discriminatory.

PENCE: Right. Those judges said it was because there wasn't any evidence yet that ISIS had infiltrated the United States. Well, Germany just arrested three Syrian refugees that were connected to ISIS.

KAINE: But they told you there's a right way and a wrong way to do it.

PENCE: Look, if you're going to be critical of me on that, that's fair game. I will tell you, after two Syrian refugees were involved in the attack in Paris that is called Paris' 9/11, as governor of the state of Indiana, I have no higher priority than the safety and security of the people of my state. So you bet I suspended that program. And I stand by that decision. And if I'm vice president of the United States or Donald Trump is president, we're going to put the safety and security of the American people first.

Source: 2016 Vice-Presidential Debate at Longwood University , Oct 4, 2016

Rebuild military and project American strength in the world

Hillary Clinton's top priority when she became secretary of state was the Russian reset. After the Russian reset, the Russians invaded Ukraine and took over Crimea. And the small and bullying leader of Russia is now dictating terms to the US [in Syria]. Look, we have got to begin to lean into this with strong, broad-shouldered American leadership.

I just have to tell you that the provocations by Russia need to be met with American strength. It begins by rebuilding our military. And the Russians & the Chinese have been making enormous investments in the military. We have the smallest Navy since 1916. We have the lowest number of troops since the end of the Second World War. We've got to work with Congress, and Donald Trump will, to rebuild our military & project American strength in the world. We've just got to have American strength on the world stage. When Donald Trump becomes president, the Russians and other countries in the world will know they're dealing with a strong American president.

Source: 2016 Vice-Presidential Debate at Longwood University , Oct 4, 2016

We see promise after promise to our veterans forgotten

We have seen borders that go unrespected, a military that has been diminished, promise after ringing promise to our veterans promptly forgotten. Then Donald Trump came along and started saying what practically everybody was thinking anyway, that our leaders need to be stronger.

Under Donald Trump, our deals will be stronger. Under Donald Trump, our deals will be smarter, our soldiers will have what they need, and our veterans will have what they earned.

Source: Speech at the 2016 Republican National Convention , Jul 20, 2016

Led a ceremony with a dedication of a POW/MIA Chair of Honor

Fifty Indiana service members who remain unaccounted for from the Vietnam war were honored and remembered at a ceremony held at the Indiana War Memorial in Indianapolis. Gov. Mike Pence offered remarks during the ceremony and led the first leg of the Rolling Thunder's 29th Annual Ride for Freedom, a motorcycle ride from Indianapolis to Washington. The ceremony also included a dedication of a POW / MIA Chair of Honor in the Indiana War Memorial. Pence said, "First in our hearts are our veterans on Memorial Day weekend. And to be able to join Rolling Thunder and head to our nation's capitol to remember our POWs and MIAs is very humbling for me and makes me proud to be a Hoosier."
Source: 44 News WEVV, "Memorial for missing Vietnam War Veterans" , May 26, 2016

Supported expanding benefits and opportunities for veterans

Pence signed more than a dozen bills he says will expand benefits and opportunities for Indiana's military servicemembers and veterans. [One veteran's spokesperson], who led the Indiana National Guard for 11 years, says he's particularly pleased with one that expands the Military Family Relief Fund. That program was originally created to help post-9/11 veterans pay food, housing, utility, transportation and medical bills. Umbarger says the legislation extends that help to all veterans.
Source: WFYI news "Pence Signs 13 Bills," 2016 Indiana Governor race , Mar 22, 2016

The time has come to dramatically increase defense spending

Pence said that the 2016 election could turn on foreign policy thanks to the missteps of the Obama administration, and called on conservatives to embrace "America's role as leader of the free world."

"I believe the time has come to dramatically increase defense spending to confront the unknowable and knowable threats," Pence said. "Without rebuilding our military, no strategy or innovation, no matter how brilliant, will be sufficient to protect the American people and the sovereignty of the US.

Source: Washington Times on 2015 Conservative Political Action Conf. , Feb 28, 2015

Grow NATO stronger; Poland & Czech missile shield

Q: During a recent trade mission to Germany, recently you criticized the way President Obama has been handling Ukraine. You said, "With Putin's aggression in Ukraine, I believe we must take immediate steps to strengthen our mutual security by deploying a robust missile defense in all of Europe." Does that mean a missile defense in the Czech Republic or Poland? How does missile defense help?

PENCE: I think we need less talk and more deeds. And by deploying a robust missile shield throughout Europe including in Poland and the Czech Republic that was off-lined in 2009, I think would send a very strong message to Putin and to Russia that NATO countries and the United States are going to respond by growing stronger economically and strategically. And I believe that's going to have a lot more influence in the long haul than more sanctions and more talk. Let's allow Poland and the Czech Republic to have that missile shield that they were entitled to by joining NATO.

Source: Fox News Sunday 2014 interview by Chris Wallace , Apr 27, 2014

Use military tribunals to try suspected terrorists

Q: Do you support using military tribunals to try suspected terrorists when ordinary civilian courts are deemed inappropriate or impractical?

A: Yes.

Q: Should law enforcement agencies have greater discretion to monitor domestic communications, to prevent future terrorist attacks?

A: "Greater discretion" is too broad in determining the balance between civil liberties and national security. Specifics are necessary.

Q: Do you support pre-emptive military strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to United States national security?

A: Again, the question on pre-emptive strikes cannot be answered without addressing the nature of the "threat".

Source: Congressional Indiana 2008 Political Courage Test , Nov 1, 2008

Gratitude to Emirates for their support of our War on Terror

Q: Let me ask you about the Dubai ports deal. Pres. Bush said, ""People don't need to worry about security. This deal wouldn't go forward if we were concerned about the security for the US." You're a loyal Republican; why not follow the leader?

PENCE: On this deal, I think the president was ill-served by an antiquated process. We ought to talk about changing that in ways that reflect the post-9/11 world. While we cherish our relationship with the United Arab Emirates, that this was just a bridge too far in that new relationship given some of their troubling associations in the past. The Congress will soon reaffirm the importance of our new relationship with the UAE.

Q: And how do you do that?

PENCE: I hope to be a part of conversations ensuring that the royal family in Dubai knows that while this particular deal was not possible in our new relationship, that there's a great deal of gratitude for their support of our War on Terror.

Source: FOX News Sunday interview by Chris Wallace , Mar 12, 2006

Rated 0% by SANE, indicating a pro-military voting record.

Pence scores 0% by SANE on peace issues

Peace Action, the merger of The Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy (SANE) and The Freeze, has effectively mobilized for peace and disarmament for over forty years. As the nation`s largest grassroots peace group we get results: from the 1963 treaty to ban above ground nuclear testing, to the 1996 signing of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, from ending the war in Vietnam, to blocking weapons sales to human rights abusing countries. We are proof that ordinary people can change the world. At Peace Action we believe...

As the Pentagonís budget soars to $400 billion, 17% of American children live in poverty. For what the US will spend on Missile Defense in one year we could: put over a million children through Head Start OR provide healthcare for over 3.5 million children OR create over 100,000 units of affordable housing OR hire over 160,000 elementary school teachers. At Peace Action our priorities are clear.

The ratings are based on the votes the organization considered most important; the numbers reflect the percentage of time the representative voted the organization`s preferred position.

Source: SANE website 03n-SANE on Dec 31, 2003

Extend reserve retirement pay parity back to 9/11.

Pence co-sponsored extending reserve retirement pay parity back to 9/11

    Congress makes the following findings:
  1. Since September 11, 2001, members of the reserve components of the Armed Forces have been sent into harm`s way and fought alongside members of the regular components of the Armed Forces.
  2. Between September 11, 2001, and December 7, 2007, more than 600,000 members of the reserve components have been mobilized in support of military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and for other contingency operations.
  3. More than 142,000 members of the reserve components have been mobilized more than once during this same period.
  4. On December 7, 2007, the conference report for H. R. 1585 offered an earlier retirement benefit for members of the reserve components who are mobilized in support of contingency operations.
  5. The House of Representatives and the Senate agreed to the conference report on December 14, 2007.
  6. However, the conference report only considers service performed after the date of the enactment, and this effective date fails to recognize the service and sacrifice made by members of the reserve components since September 11, 2001.
Source: Reservists Parity for Patriots Act (S.2836/H.R.4930) 07-S2836 on Dec 19, 2007

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