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Trump: 'Surprise' question about Pence led him to hesitate

Trump: 'Surprise' question about Pence led him to hesitatePresident Donald Trump says he hesitated to back a possible 2024 presidential run by Vice President Mike Pence because he was caught off-guard by the question. Given a chance at a do-over, however, Trump still did not endorse his loyal lieutenant. “You can’t put me in that position,” Trump said June 14 when a host of Fox News Channel’s “Fox and Friends” asked him about endorsing Pence should the vice president seek to succeed Trump in 2024.



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What the Mueller report on the Russia investigation says about Vice President Mike Pence

What the Mueller report on the Russia investigation says about Vice President Mike PenceSpecial counsel Robert Mueller's report provides new details about Michael Flynn's firing after lying to Vice President Mike Pence.



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Mike Pence answers Pete Buttigieg's criticism: 'He knows better. He knows me'

Mike Pence answers Pete Buttigieg's criticism: 'He knows better. He knows me'Vice President Mike Pence defended his opposition to same-sex marriage in an interview in which he also scolded presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg.



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Buttigieg suggests Pence offered him empty praise when he came out

Buttigieg suggests Pence offered him empty praise when he came out“People will often be polite to you in person, while advancing policies that harm you and your family,” the South Bend, Ind., mayor tweeted.



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Pete Buttigieg’s Bad-Faith Attack on Mike Pence

Pete Buttigieg’s Bad-Faith Attack on Mike PenceBack in 2015, South Bend, Ind.’s mayor, Pete Buttigieg, came out of the closet as a gay man. Asked about the news, Indiana governor, Mike Pence, simply responded, “I hold Mayor Buttigieg in the highest personal regard. I see him as a dedicated public servant and a patriot.”A year earlier, Buttigieg had been deployed to Afghanistan as a member of the U.S. Naval Reserve. According to the Indianapolis Star, “a noticeably moved Pence called Buttigieg the day he was driving to the base.”There is no evidence that Pence has ever said an unkind word about or done an unkind thing to Buttigieg.So, naturally, Buttigieg is attacking Pence as a homophobic bigot nearly every day on the campaign trail. Appearing on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Buttigieg sneered, “He’s nice. If he were here, you would think he’s a nice guy to your face. But he’s also fanatical.” Speaking at the LGBTQ Victory Fund National Champagne Brunch in Washington, Buttigieg tore into Pence’s supposed intolerance: “That’s the thing I wish the Mike Pences of the world would understand. That if you got a problem with who I am, your problem is not with me — your quarrel, sir, is with my creator.” This week, Buttigieg tweeted, clearly in reference to Pence, “People will often be polite to you in person, while advancing policies that harm you and your family. You will be polite to them in turn, but you need not stand for such harms. Instead, you push back, honestly and emphatically. So it goes, in the public square.”This is a change for Buttigieg, whose best-selling memoir contains no negative references about Pence but complains of “the complications of being openly gay in Mike Pence’s Indiana.” That phraseology is more a critique of Pence’s policy preferences than his personality. Fair enough.But Buttigieg is no longer operating in good faith. Now he’s attacking Christians who disagree with his policies and support Trump (“the hypocrisy is unbelievable”); he’s castigating Pence as a religious homophobe, characterizing him as an obstacle to tolerance. Why? Because it is far more convenient to cast Pence as a close-minded bigot than it is to respect him as a political opponent.This has become a particularly popular tactic on the Left. When Pence swore in Senator Doug Jones (D., Ala.), the Leftist internet completely manufactured a narrative wherein Pence was deeply uncomfortable with Jones’s gay son (Newsweek’s headline: “Doug Jones’ Gay Son Gives Mike Pence Serious Side-Eye”). Gay Olympian Adam Rippon randomly decided to tear into Pence by stating that “for Mike Pence to say he’s a devout Christian man is completely contradictory.” When gay Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar and his husband attended breakfast with Pence, the media attempted to push a narrative about Pence’s supposed discomfort. When Pence’s wife began teaching at a Christian school, the media leapt to label her an anti-gay maniac.There is no evidence for any of this. Pence has been dealing with gay men, including Buttigieg, his entire career. He differs from them on the definition of marriage. While I believe the government ought to exit the business of marriage altogether, there are plenty of public-policy reasons to stand for traditional marriage that aren’t rooted in animus.More than that, it betrays a fundamental misunderstanding of religious people to suggest that their belief in the immorality of certain sexual behavior reflects animus for those who engage in that sexual behavior. Religious people generally believe that we all sin; that we all struggle with sin; and that participating in one particular type of sin doesn’t mean that the sinner is somehow inferior to those who engage in other types of sin.Frankly, it’s bewildering that the Left seems so concerned about Mike Pence’s personal beliefs on the sinfulness of homosexual activity. Why should Buttigieg care? More than that, is there any justification for attributing malign motives to Pence, both in terms of public policy and in terms of religious observance?Buttigieg should know better. After all, he quite rightly stated of Chick-fil-A, “I do not approve of their politics, but I kind of approve of their chicken.” But he’s forgotten moderation in pursuit of intersectional glory in the Democratic primaries. And that glory can only be had, apparently, at the price of slandering a good man who disagrees with him on the nature of sin and on public policy.



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Tensions flare in 'long and complicated' relationship between Pete Buttigieg and Mike Pence

Tensions flare in 'long and complicated' relationship between Pete Buttigieg and Mike PenceThe war of increasingly personal words between presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg and Vice President Mike Pence's defenders escalated Tuesday.



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The Latest: Pence claims total vindication in Mueller report

The Latest: Pence claims total vindication in Mueller reportWASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the special counsel's Russia investigation. (all times Eastern time):



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The Latest: Pence claims total vindication in Mueller report

The Latest: Pence claims total vindication in Mueller reportWASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the special counsel's Russia investigation. (all times Eastern time):



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Mike Pence lashes out at Ilhan Omar, 2020 Dems in AIPAC speech

Mike Pence lashes out at Ilhan Omar, 2020 Dems in AIPAC speechThe entire Democratic — or “Democrat,” as the vice president put it, using the ungrammatical truncation that has become popular on the right — Party also came under assault from Pence.



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Pence arrives in Nebraska as U.S. Midwest reels from historic floods

Pence arrives in Nebraska as U.S. Midwest reels from historic floodsThe floodwaters have inundated a large swath of farm states Iowa and Nebraska along the Missouri River, North America’s longest river, prompting half of Iowa’s 99 counties to declare states of emergency.”Touched down in Omaha, Nebraska to survey flood damage & thank volunteers & emergency personnel,” Pence said on Twitter, in a post that included photos of him meeting with the governors of both states and lawmakers. Nebraska, Iowa and Wisconsin have all declared states of emergency in the floods, which stem from a powerful winter hurricane known as a “bomb cyclone” that slammed into the U.S. Farm Belt last week, killing untold numbers of livestock, destroying grains and soybeans in storage, and cutting off access to farms because of road and rail damage. The latest confirmed death was identified by the sheriff in Fremont County, Iowa, as 55-year-old Aleido Rojas Galan, who was pulled from floodwaters along with another man on Friday and later succumbed to injuries.



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