In Iowa, Pence Warns of Coming ‘Avalanche of Socialism’ « The Washington Independent
The Iowa Independent’s Lynda Waddington attended a GOP picnic in eastern Iowa on Friday, where Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) — frequently mentioned as a potential 2012 presidential candidate — addressed the audience before heading to a campaign event for Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa).
Declaring that resistance from Republicans and conservatives in the coming months would determine whether the nation continues as a “beacon of freedom” or is instead “swallowed in an avalanche of socialism,” Pence observed what he called a “great awakening,” as Republicans return to core values and fiscal discipline.
“For our movement and our party to go forward, I believe it is essential for us to learn the right lessons of the recent past,” he said.
On Election Day in 2008, according to Pence, despite the fact that only 22 percent of American described themselves as liberal, voters sent “the most liberal one-party government in the history of the country” to Washington, D.C.
“So, what happened?” he asked. “Some blame the war in Iraq. Others blame scandals in Washington, D.C. But I say the real scandal in Washington, D.C. was run-away federal spending under Republican control. The truth is that Republicans didn’t just lose a few elections, we lost our way. We walked away from our principles … and the American people walked away from us.”
After his remarks, Pence told The Iowa Independent that he has “no plans to run for president.” Nevertheless, Pence has officially joined former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour on the growing list of prominent Republicans who have made public appearances in Iowa — often an early sign of a pending presidential bid — in recent weeks.