Pence’s Campaign Agenda: National Abortion Ban, Tax Giveaways to the Ultra-Wealthy, and Cuts to Social Security and Medicare
May 16, 2023
Mike Pence is preparing to launch his presidential campaign, but he is already telling Americans the extreme MAGA agenda he plans to push across the country — a nationwide abortion ban, permanent tax giveaways for the ultra-wealthy, and ending Social Security and Medicare as we know it.
Pence has spent the last two months repeatedly vowing to sign an extreme national abortion ban.
New York Times: “Mr. Pence unapologetically endorses a national ban on abortion. … His senior adviser, Marc Short, said Mr. Pence regarded a 15-week national ban as a ‘minimal threshold’ and would support federal efforts to ‘protect life beginning at conception.’”
Wall Street Journal: “On abortion, Mr. Pence said that he thought a national ban after 15 weeks of gestation was a ‘very good starting point,’ but that he also would support a ban at six weeks. … ‘I reject the notion that the Supreme Court, in the Dobbs decision, returned the question of abortion to the states only,’ he said, adding that Congress and presidents can still play a role in the debate.”
NBC News: “Pence said he would push for national restrictions on abortion, referring to the matter as ‘the calling of our time’ and saying he would ‘seize every opportunity’ to limit the procedure.”
Mike Pence on if he would support a six-week nationwide abortion ban: “Well, of course. Look — I’m pro-life. I don’t apologize for it. I believe that we’ve got to do everything in our power to restore the sanctity of life to the center of American law. And I’d support federal legislation in that regard if I was in the Congress or had any other job here in town.”
Pence is also openly supporting cuts to Social Security and Medicare and backing plans to end both programs as we know them.
New York Times: “Mr. Pence says Social Security and Medicare must be trimmed back as part of any serious plan to deal with the national debt.”
Yahoo: “Pence calls for Social Security reform, private savings accounts”
Semafor: “Mike Pence isn’t running from his old fiscal conservatism. Instead, he’s seemingly leaning into it by talking about privatizing Social Security, an idea the party largely abandoned after a politically damaging push in 2005.
“‘I think the day could come where we can replace the New Deal with a Better Deal,’ he said during an interview in February. ‘Literally give younger Americans the ability to take a portion of their Social Security withholdings and put that into a private savings account that the government would oversee.’”
This is nothing new: Every year he was in office, Pence stood behind Donald Trump’s budget proposals that called for cuts to Medicare and Social Security programs.
Washington Post: “[Trump’s] avowed stance, however, is at odds with Trump’s own record as president: Each of his White House budget proposals included cuts to Social Security and Medicare programs.”
Pence is even calling for the Trump-Pence tax giveaways for the ultra-wealthy to become permanent, despite the fact that they added over a TRILLION dollars to the deficit.
Wall Street Journal: “Mr. Pence said he would also call for the ‘Trump-Pence tax cuts’ to be permanent and for the rejection of ‘bailouts as an economic policy’ because they eviscerate the discipline of a free-market system.”
Washington Post: “The combination of Trump’s 2017 tax cut and the lack of any serious spending restraint helped both the deficit and the debt soar.”
Forbes: “Trump Tax Cuts Helped Billionaires Pay Less Taxes Than The Working Class In 2018”