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5 Faith Facts about Vice President Mike Pence: A 'Born-Again, Evangelical Catholic'

5 Faith Facts about Vice President Mike Pence: A 'Born-Again, Evangelical Catholic'

(RNS) — Vice President Mike Pence has described himself as "a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order."

That has made Pence pretty popular with conservative evangelical Christians — not just as vice president, but also as a U.S. congressman and governor of Indiana before that.

But his time in the White House hasn't been without controversy, even among evangelicals.

Pence has raised eyebrows for his refusal to eat alone with a woman who is not his wife or go without her to events where alcohol is being served — a rule popularized by the late evangelist Billy Graham. 

His appearance at Notre Dame University, a Catholic school, ended in a student walkout and at Taylor University, an evangelical school, in the resignation of its president. Some delegates also objected to his appearance at the Southern Baptist Convention's 2018 denominational meeting.

Here are five faith facts about Pence and how his conservative Christian beliefs have made him a polarizing figure.

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