It’s been a whirlwind week especially for Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who has been charged with taking a direct hands-on role (and many would even admit, the lion’s share of responsibility) in guiding the Trump team’s transition into the oval office. Pence’s dedication to and seriousness regarding his new office and the expectations accompanying it were on full display beginning on Tuesday at the Republican Governors Association, where nearly two dozen fellow GOP governors (Pence is the governor of Indiana) gathered in Orlando to discuss policy matters in relation to the ushering in of the new Trump administration.
According to an account via Stream.org, Pence, while addressing the Association’s questions and concerns head-on, reaffirmed the goals of the incoming Presidential team, explaining that Trump’s plans to repeal Obamacare, improve infrastructure, and provide more flexibility on education still remain top priorities moving forward.
Again on Thursday, Pence assumed a leadership role, returning to Capitol Hill for a meeting with several big names and key players, including the House Republican Conference, Senate Democrat Charles Schumer of New York and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California. After the meetings, the majority consensus seemed to concur: Pence was going to play a positive role in bridging this transition, as well as being instrumental in bringing about change for the better in the future.
Rep. Steve King, who sat next to Pence on the House Judiciary Committee, shared his hope for the coming campaign—specifically Pence’s role within it—with The Daily Signal, saying that, “The biggest role Mike Pence could play is going to be good for America.”
Many agree with King’s assessment, particularly pointing to Pence’s extensive experience on Capitol Hill, and his history of working closely and effectively with governors across the country as more than properly equipping him to undertake the task at hand. As well as the afore mentioned political pluses, Pence has also served as a proverbial bridge to connect the sometimes abrasive Trump to those in the Republican party who simply just didn’t trust him.
King again shares his positive impressions of Pence with The Daily Signal: “Mike [Pence] is a constitutionalist. He’s a fiscal conservative. He��s for a balanced budget. He’s a social conservative. He’s pro-life. He defends natural marriage. You add that all up. His foreign policy credentials are good. He sat on the Foreign Affairs Committee for about eight years.”
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Publication date: November 18, 2016