Mike Pence
Mike Pence

Michael Richard "Mike" Pence (born June 7, 1959) is an American politician. He is the Vice President-elect of the United States, as well as the 50th and current Governor of Indiana. He is scheduled to take office as the 48th Vice President on January 20, 2017.
Pence positioned himself as a principled ideologue and supporter of the Tea Party movement, noting he was "a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican, in that order."
Mike Pence Facts
  • Pence has been an outspoken supporter of the coal industry. Repeatedly tried to roll back renewable energy standards. Voted for several bills that supported fossil fuel development, including legislation promoting offshore drilling.
  • Does not accept the scientific consensus that human activity is the primary driver of climate change. Repeatedly voted against energy efficiency and renewable energy funding and rules.
  • Signed a bill which allows firearms to be kept in vehicles on school property. In May 2015, Pence signed into law Senate Bill 98, which limited lawsuits against gun and ammunition manufacturers and sellers. In 2016, Pence signed Senate Bill 109 into law, legalizing the captive hunting of farm-raised deer in Indiana.
  • Defunded Planned Parenthood. Pence has criticized comprehensive sex education.
  • Has been a staunch opponent of efforts to expand LGBT civil rights. In 2000, Pence stated "Congress should oppose any effort to recognize homosexuals as a 'discrete and insular minority' entitled to the protection of anti-discrimination laws similar to those extended to women and ethnic minorities." Pence opposes both same-sex marriage and civil unions.
  • In 2007, Pence voted against the raising of the federal minimum wage to $7.25 (from $5.15) an hour over two years, stating that it would "hurt the working poor.
  • In 2001, Pence wrote an op-ed arguing against the tobacco settlement and tobacco regulation, saying that they would create "new government bureaucracies" and encroach on private lives. He stated that "despite the hysteria from the political class and the media, smoking doesn't kill." According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Pence's state of Indiana has one of the worst smoking problems in America.
  • In June 2006, Pence unveiled an immigration plan (which he described as "No Amnesty Immigration reform") that would include increased border security, followed by strict enforcement of laws against hiring illegal aliens. In 2009, Pence opposed birthright citizenship (the legal principle set forth by the Citizenship Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution that "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside").
  • Pence "does not accept the scientific consensus that human activity is the primary driver of climate change." In 2001, Pence wrote in an op-ed that "Global warming is a myth," saying that "the earth is actually cooler today than it was about 50 years ago". In 2006 and 2009, Pence expressed the view that it was unclear whether climate change was driven by human activity, and in 2009 he told political commentator Chris Matthews that there was a "growing skepticism in the scientific community about global warming”. In 2009, Pence led the Republican effort to defeat the American Clean Energy and Security Act (Waxman-Markey), a Democratic-backed bill to cut greenhouse gas emissions (and therefore combat climate change) through a cap-and-trade system. On September 27, 2016, however, Pence said “there’s no question” that human activity affects both the climate and the environment, while defending Trump's position on the matter. While in the House, Pence "voted to eliminate funding for climate education programs and to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gas emissions." Pence also "repeatedly voted against energy efficiency and renewable energy funding and rules" and voted "for several bills that supported fossil fuel development, including legislation promoting offshore drilling."

As much as Trump sucks, it could be much worse, Pence could become president....a very real possibility. The chance of Trump being impeached during the next few years is very high due to his personal financial empire and the conflicts of interest they create.

Mike Pence as president would be a disaster. Pence supports fossil fuel development and is a climate change denialist. His ultra conservative religious views, attitude towards planned parenthood, and his disdain for the gay community, would result in sweeping changes.

His only saving grace is his attitude towards Israel. Pence has stated his support of Israel. He has defended the actions of Israel in its use of deadly force in enforcing the blockade of Gaza, and has referred to Israel as "America's most cherished ally". He visited Israel in 2014 to express his support, and in 2016 signed into law a bill which would ban Indiana from having any commercial dealings with a company that boycotts Israel. He opposes a Palestinian state. Although this is a very good and important point, it was not enough to offset his record on other issues.

The Vice President of the United States is a constitutional officer in the legislative branch of the Federal government as President of the Senate under Article One, Section Three, Paragraph Four of the United States Constitution. The vice president is a statutory member of the National Security Council under the National Security Act of 1947 and under Amendment XXV, Clause One of the United States Constitution is the second-highest-ranking official in the presidential line of succession in the executive branch of the United States, after the President. The executive power of both the vice president and the president is granted under Article Two, Section One of the Constitution. The vice president is indirectly elected, together with the president, to a four-year term of office by the people of the United States through the Electoral College. In the presidential line of succession, the vice president is the first person who would normally ascend to the presidency upon the death, resignation, or removal of the president. The Office of the Vice President of the United States assists and organizes the vice president's official functions.
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