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Rep. Mike Pence, Values Voters Presidential Straw Poll Winner, Attacks 'DADT' Repeal, Urges Defense of 'Traditional' Marriage


Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) won the presidential straw poll at the Values Voters Summit this weekend. On Friday, before the poll was taken, Pence gave a speech attacking "Obamacare" and other Democratic measures, as well as repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell". Pence also said "traditional marriage" must be protected.


Politico reports:

"Pence, the GOP's Conference Chairman, won 24 percent of the vote, Huckabee 22 percent and Mitt Romney came in a more distant third, taking 13 percent of the vote at the annual conference of social conservatives. Newt Gingrich took 10 percent for fourth place and Sarah Palin came in fifth place with 7 percent., Straw poll participants also cast the most votes for Pence as their Republican vice-presidential pick, giving him 119 votes and Sarah Palin 112. Pence's victory here will offer his presidential hopes a burst of attention. The Hoosier, first elected to the House in 2000, has visited some of the traditional early primary states and is headed back to Iowa to keynote the banquet of a cultural conservative group next month. He faces an easy re-election this fall and, if he doesn't seek the presidency, may run for governor of Indiana in 2012."

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


Pence advocates for not repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell":

On protecting life and defending traditional marriage:

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    Posted by: mike | Sep 19, 2010 10:19:55 AM

  2. what an immoral a**hole.

    Posted by: justaguy | Sep 19, 2010 12:06:50 PM

  3. We can all take comfort in the fact that history shows the winner of these straw polls at this wing nut convention almost NEVER go on to do squat in terms of becoming the party's nominee. In fact, I would say that Romney and Huckabee won by NOT winning this thing this year and that's more dangerous for the left.

    And Pence's little 'logic' statement about gay marriage costing the government money because it will 'collapse' the institution of straight marriage is right out of science fiction. What a loser.

    Posted by: princely54 | Sep 19, 2010 12:09:53 PM

  4. I am really, really, REALLY offended that these haters have hijacked the term 'values voters' as if I, as a gay man and a liberal, don't have values, too. I'm a values voter who thinks THEIR values stink.

    Posted by: BoxerDad | Sep 19, 2010 12:38:51 PM

  5. "...I say that you would not be able to print enough money in a thousand years to pay for the government that you would need if the family that continues to collapse."

    Well let's see... 99% of marriages are heterosexual... 50% of those marriages fail... so who EXACTLY is responsible for the collapse of the family? I'm guessing the answer is Value Voters™. Hey, Mr. Pence... don't blame gay people for YOUR failure, you homophobic bigoted asshole!

    Posted by: David in Houston | Sep 19, 2010 12:45:00 PM

  6. why does Pence look like he's fit Perfectly in a Nazi Uniform?

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Sep 19, 2010 12:51:53 PM

  7. This man is a SERIOUS danger to this country.

    Posted by: Dan Cobbb | Sep 19, 2010 1:04:19 PM

  8. How long before this homo hating yahoo comes out?

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Sep 19, 2010 1:23:19 PM

  9. If traditional marriage must be defended, then ban divorce you moron!

    Posted by: kevin dement | Sep 19, 2010 2:12:20 PM

  10. Mike is a homo-hating yahoo, but he is sadly totally hetero, (which is a shame because he was wicked hot in college!) He has always been a self-righteous, fundie prick, and he really is a danger to the country because he holds some scarily extremist views.

    Posted by: Gobear | Sep 19, 2010 3:00:05 PM

  11. So, valuing people for the contribution they can make, valuing liberty and equality, these make up the liberal domestic agenda, huh? And you oppose that? Just checking.

    Posted by: matt | Sep 19, 2010 3:07:07 PM

  12. God, America blows. Gays ca live and be productive in a country that wants them to be full citizens, you know... and that country is NOT the USA, people.

    Posted by: X | Sep 19, 2010 3:15:35 PM

  13. Mike Pansy (er, Pence) has the type of face that screams "gay". I suspect he may be a closet case. Like that retard Christine O'Donnell from Delaware, I feel he may have some skeletons in his closet.

    Anyone got any info?

    Posted by: jason | Sep 19, 2010 6:14:34 PM

  14. "Value" voters have no self-confidence.

    Posted by: anon | Sep 19, 2010 9:39:45 PM

  15. good let him run. The country will not elect a Neanderthal like him.

    Posted by: Chris | Sep 19, 2010 11:31:33 PM

  16. "Mike Pence Wins Values Voters Presidential Straw Poll

    Rep. Mike Pence won the 2010 Values Voters Summit presidential straw poll, a bit of an upset over past winner Mike Huckabee. The former governor of Arkansas, who opened the conference with a Friday morning speech, came in second place with 22 percent. Last year, Huckabee won the poll with 28 percent of the vote, with Mitt Romney coming in second at 12.4 percent.

    Insofar as this cattle call of 723 social conservative activists matters, I think it represents that Pence's aggressive media strategy -- go and look for a day of cable news without him -- is paying off, and a rip-roaring speech here gave him a boost. It also represents an opinion I heard from a number of people here -- that while Huckabee's a hometown hero, there's doubt that he'd quit a burgeoning TV career to run for president.

    The also-rans, in order: Mitt Romney with 13 percent, Newt Gingrich with 10 percent, and Sarah Palin with 7 percent. And the rest of the candidates, in a lengthy poll that Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Michele Bachmann asked to be removed from:

    Posted by: gov backlinks | Oct 12, 2011 11:58:47 PM

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